Top 4 Money-Saving Apps of 2017

Type in the word “budget” or “coupon” into the app store, and you’ll be bombarded by hundreds of applications that promise to help you save money.  Here’s the four free apps I think are worth the storage space on your phone.


Already heralded for its account security features, CardValet also allows Bank of the Ozarks’ debit card users to control spending and inhibit unwanted transactions.  With CardValet, you can restrict debit card use to match your spending habits, set limits for transactions, and disable specific merchant categories.


As one of the most popular couponing apps, and the first digital shopping app to get the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval, it’ll grant you access to over 500,000 coupons at over 50,000 stores.  Just know that I occasionally encounter a coupon that doesn’t work.

List Ease

There’s a ton of grocery apps on the market, but after a test comparison, the TODAY show chose List Ease as their favorite.  List Ease is a pantry inventory tracker and grocery list building tool that also gives you printable coupons for the items you need.


Ibotta is a cash-back app where you unlock savings on products by watching short videos or taking polls.  You then scan the bar code and upload your receipts to receive cash back on select purchases.  If you have the time to spare, the small rebates can add up quickly.

By Adam Lucas Adam Lucas holds a Finance degree and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. His work has appeared in many major outlets including Yahoo,, and

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