This article is by Kassondra Cloos, an Earnest client and freelance journalist.
If you want to toss a few extra bucks toward your student loans or savings every month, here are some apps and browser extensions to try that can help save you money on everyday purchases.
By connecting your credit and debit cards to this Apple and Android app, you’ll automatically get cash back when you spend money at participating stores and restaurants like Forever21, Sam’s Club, Denny’s, and Hallmark Gold Crown. The real savings are in hotel bookings, though. You’ll get $25 for your first stay booked through DOSH, and you can cash that out immediately and take it right to the bank.
Trim constantly analyzes your internet bill and contacts customer service on your behalf for lower fees and one-time credits. Every time there’s a wifi outage in your area, Trim knows—even if you don’t. The savings add up quickly, and Trim charges you just 25% of whatever they save you. Sign up at go.asktrim.com and communicate with the app’s robot via Facebook messenger.
By connecting your email account, Service is a web service that analyzes your flights for delays and cancellations. They’ll automatically request vouchers or credits on your behalf whenever you might be eligible for one. Service charges you 30% of the cash value of whatever vouchers they earn you.
Forget searching for promo codes. Honey is a Chrome browser extension that automatically searches for coupons at checkout when you shop online. On Amazon, it will tell you if the product is available at a lower price from another seller.
This bot analyzes your spending patterns to determine how much wiggle room you have in your budget to save a few extra bucks. It saves toward goals you create up to a few times a week, and those transfers could be as low as a couple bucks or over $100, but Digit has a no-overdraft guarantee to ease your mind. It’s free for the first 100 days, then $2.99 a month after that. You get a 1% savings bonus after saving for three consecutive months. The app is available for both Apple and Android.