Stretch your student budget with these free apps

So you’re back to school after an amazing summer, and – guess what – you’re broke. Luckily, getting more for your money in 2015 is as easy as downloading a few apps. From local discounts and deals to completely free stuff. Get these free, helpful apps to make the most of your student budget.


  1. BookBargain

Getting your college books for the new semester can be pretty expensive. This is a great app that tracks down the best deals on books and e-books from popular stores in multiple countries. The app notifies you on price drops, so you can buy the books you need at the lowest price. (Android and iOS)

  1. All Recipes

Are you spending your money on junk food because you can barely boil water? Then it’s time for you to get into the kitchen and start saving some money by cooking at home. These recipes are quick, easy to make and will give you extra energy to study (or party) harder.  (Android and iOS)

  1. Opera Max

Do you run over your data plan allowance every single month? Take control over how much data you use with Opera Max. Not only will this app extend the life of your data plan by up to 50%, but also it will allow you to block apps that consume the most data and set them to work on Wi-Fi only.  (Android)

  1. Wi-Fi Finder

Mobile data can be expensive, so using Wi-Fi when available is the smartest choice to save some money. This app will locate all the free Wi-Fi hotspots in your immediate area while you’re on the move and even tell you how to get there.  (Android, iOS)

  1. Viber

Make calls and send text messages to any other Viber user for free, using an internet connection. Viber syncs with your existing contact list, so there’s no need to create usernames, or manually add friends. It also launches automatically when someone’s calling you. (Android, iOS)

  1. Groupon

Groupon can help you find the best deals on stuff to do, eat or buy in your city. You’ll find discounts of 50-90%, so you can save on a variety of stuff, with some things nearly free! (Android, iOS)

  1. RedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner

With this app, you can scan the barcode of a product in-store to find out which nearby shop is selling it cheaper. This app doesn’t just save you time, it can also help you save money!  (Android, iOS)

  1. Mint.com

With this personal finance app, sticking to a budget this semester will be a lot easier. Set a budget, see your accounts and expenses in real time, and get alerts if you are close to going over your budget. (Android, iOS)

Do you use other money- or data-saving apps that help you make the best of your student budget? Share your recommendations in the comments.

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