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The Best Money Saving Apps for International Students

Monday, 11 November 2013 17:14

Today there are dozens of popular mobile apps helping graduates find local discounts, good deals, and even free stuff.

Opera Software, makers of the money-saving mobile browser Opera Mini, has prepared a list of the best cost-cutting apps for graduates to make your life much easier and cheaper.

BookBargain
Getting your books for that postgraduate course can be a pretty expensive venture. BookBargain is a great app that tracks down and shows the best deals on books and e-books at popular stores (like Amazon) in multiple countries. It compares the prices using an exchange rate and takes into account the shipping costs. With this app you’ll get notifications on price drops so you can buy the book you want at its lowest price. You can also access a selection of free e-books and, most importantly, get a daily e-book deal and benefit from big discounts.

Opera Mini
Download the Opera Mini mobile browser and start saving some money on your phone bill. Opera Mini makes your browsing faster by reducing your data usage and compressing webpages by up to 90%. You will both save time and money doing one of your favourite things: browsing the web!
Also, as a graduate you probably connect to the internet from many devices: your phone, laptop, college computers or even a friend’s tablet.

To get the most out of your web experience you can use the Opera Link feature in Opera Mini. This add-on will synchronize your bookmarks, Speed Dial, passwords and more across computers or mobile devices. This way you can access your favourite content anywhere you are and from any device.

Viber
If you are one of those people who talks on the phone for hours you certainly need to download this app. You’ve probably heard of Skype and WhatsApp, but there are other interesting alternatives out there you should check. Viber, for instance, lets you make free calls, and send text messages and photos for free to any other Viber user anywhere in the world. Once you’ve downloaded Viber it synchronizes with your existing contact list, and it will tell you which of your friends are already on Viber.

What makes Viber different is that you don’t need to create new usernames, or build new lists, which is totally convenient. Plus you don’t have to be in the application to receive calls, since it launches automatically when someone’s calling. You just need a 3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection to start calling and texting your friends for free!
Love Viber but want to make free video calls, or even take a group video chat? The Skype app might be your answer.

Groupon
As a graduate you need to get as much free stuff as you can. Of course that’s not always easy. However, Groupon can help you find the best deals on stuff to do, eat or buy in more than 500 cities around the world, and the best part is that you can use them immediately.

You’ll find discounts of 50-90%, so you can get stuff almost for free! With this app you can access your purchased Groupons or find the ones that are nearby, and keep track of them by expiration date or location. You can also share Groupons with your friends via Twitter and get personalized deals setting your deal preferences.

Kayak Mobile
Being a graduate with a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a weekend off or a nice holiday. Kayak is a must-have travel app that will help you keep your spendings low by finding the lowest prices on flights, hotels, rental cars and much more. You can book your hotel from the app, view and manage your trip itinerary, and track your flight status. If you’re travelling on a budget, this will be right up your alley. Download Kayak and start planning the ultimate spring break today.

 

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