Back to School Savings with Your Smartphone

Apps provide tips, coupons to save money.

By on August 1, 2012

For thousands of kids across the country, back to school means learning new things, meeting new teachers and reconnecting with friends after summer vacation. For their parents, it means shopping and school supply lists filled with everything from crayons and glue sticks to tablets and graphing calculators.

But, it doesn’t have to mean stress. There are a number of apps available on your smartphone or tablet that can help you get everything you need – without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking for the best deals on school supplies, try the Weekly Sales, Deals & Coupons app or GeoQpons. Both apps provide you access to coupons and weekly sales circulars from more than 100 major retailers and local businesses in the palm of your hand. GeoQpons also includes a barcode scanner to compare prices and a built-in savings calculator to determine how much money you will save.

For the college crowd, there’s the Book Finder app. This app lets you search for textbooks by the ISBN number or title. Each search returns a list of stores selling the textbook so you can find the best deal. Textbook Locator also has a Trade-In Book Program where you can sell eligible textbooks for credits toward the purchase of new books.

If you need help getting into the college spirit on a budget, try the Around Campus app. This app offers coupons at colleges and universities around the country. You’ll always be in the know on the latest deals, and you can share the information with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.