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6 Apps That Save Parents Money

Janet Alvarez

Staying on top of a family budget can be a challenge for busy parents. Fortunately, there is a plethora of new apps designed to help families save money -- and time. From finding savings on diapers and other baby products, to free kids meals and low-cost family outings, these easy-to-use apps can help moms and dads manage family budgets more effectively. An added bonus: Some of these apps can make saving money downright fun .

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Kids Eat Free. Don't have time to cook tonight? Or do you just enjoy eating out with the family? KidsEatFree is the app that helps you find free kids meals at nearby restaurants, keeping your family on time and on budget. This free app enables parents to search for restaurants offering free kids meals on given days and within a specific geographic radius. As an example, a recent Friday night search in the Philadelphia area yielded seven free kids meals offers -- plenty to keep even the pickiest eaters satisfied.

Varage Sale. Have you ever wished that you could create a rummage sale for all your used children's products? VarageSale is an app for connecting busy parents with others who want to buy or sell used family and children's goods. Pick up a gently used crib or stroller for a great price or make a little extra cash off your kids' used possessions. Either way, VarageSale connects you with real people in your community. Verified profiles feature pictures, names and user reviews for added transaction safety.

Santa's Bag. If your family finds it difficult to stick to a Christmas budget, then Santa's Bag might just be the money-saving app you've been looking for. With Santa's Bag, you can create Christmas shopping lists and budgets, check off purchased items and receive gentle reminders when you're close to overspending. Even better, you can share budgets and shopping lists with other family members, keeping your family on the same page regarding your Christmas budget.

[See: 12 Ways to Be a More Mindful Spender.]

Amazon Prime and Amazon Family. Many of us have heard of the savings available on Amazon's apps and through the Amazon Prime subscription service. (Families can enjoy discounts on everything from videos to household products.) Now, Amazon offers Prime subscribers a more specialized family savings program via Amazon Family (formerly known as Amazon Mom). The program offers 20 percent off diapers, 15 percent off baby registry products, exclusive family deals and coupons, plus unlimited kids videos, e-books and games for just $2.99 per month. For a one-stop family shopping experience, Amazon Family is tough to beat.

[See: 12 Habits of Phenomenally Frugal Families.]

Trekaroo. Planning a family outing -- even a faraway vacation -- doesn't have to be costly or overwhelming. Trekaroo helps parents save by locating family-friendly outings and attractions in the area of your choice. Read reviews written by other parents, search by attraction or outing type or limit your searches to budget-friendly activities. Trekaroo's easy-to-use interface helps stretch your family's entertainment budget, all while highlighting new and unexpected entertainment options near or far.

Cozi. Staying organized and running your household efficiently is an indispensable part of sticking to a family budget. Cozi is the handy app that consolidates all of your family's activities into one place, so that your household runs smoothly and stays on budget. See all of your family's activities in a single calendar, share recipes and shopping lists and help kids stay on track with chores. Cozi keeps the whole family in the loop and makes running a household budget easier.

Parenting is a tremendous responsibility, and parenting on a budget can be more challenging still. Let these useful apps help you save money and manage your time and resources more efficiently.



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