With the holidays right around the corner, it’s no wonder that a few of my favorite apps on my Samsung Galaxy S III have revolved around either making money or saving money. I have spent A TON of time lately browsing these apps, and realized that they are likely going to make my holiday shopping (& spending) a little easier this holiday season. So here they are, my favorite money-saving apps to use on my Samsung Galaxy S III:
Over the last few weeks, my husband and I have been focused on our household finances and the subject came up about holiday spending. We recently came up with a hew budget and realized that our holiday budget would have to be cut drastically in order to stick to our goals. And I – never one that likes to be told “no”, or be restricted in any way – figured I’d have to do something to try and earn some extra cash.
I have not purchased anything on eBay on a LONG time, and hadn’t even browsed the site in at least a year. And never, until recently, have I sold anything via eBay.
WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?!?!
I started out by placing a few items on eBay. 6, in fact. And 2 sold the very first week. The next week, 3 items sold. EASY MONEY! I vowed to put any money made on eBay to the side to use on Christmas gifts. Even a few hundred would help. And hey, you just might find a few great deals on some things to pick up for yourself (or a gift, of course).
So now, I LOVE eBay! I swear I check the app on my phone at least once an hour to see if there’s been any new activity. The eBay app even makes it easy to list new items right from your phone! Browsing and selling on eBay is super-easy on their app. And, since my Samsung Galaxy S III takes such great photos, I don’t need to rely on anything else to get my items listed. LOVE IT! eBay makes it easy to save money by selling items you no longer need – or even purchasing items for (usually) much cheaper than retail prices.
Similar to my reasons for getting involved with eBay and using their app, the Craigslist app is perfect for me to list my larger items – you know, the ones I’d rather sell locally than ask for an arm and a leg to pay for shipping. Now I’ll admit that the Craigslist app isn’t as user-friendly as the eBay app, but it still gets the job done. You can still browse for items (if you’re looking to buy), and list items straight from the app.
What I do like about this app, however, is the ability to select your region and, therefore, only get “hits” for items in your region. The app also shows you pictures of the listings right next to the description so no need to click on each item (like you have to do on the regular website, where the word “pic” is listed next to the item heading). Having the listing’s main photo visible with your search results will prevent you from wasting a lot of time clicking on each “relevant” description.
Craigslist offers the same great money-saving ideas as eBay, just much closer geographically.
No, of course I’m not buying or selling anything on Pinterest. But what I have learned is that besides finding a great new recipe, or a funny new saying, or a trendy new outfit, Pinterest is the perfect app to help you get your creative on! I had never, ever considered myself even remotely crafty before I found Pinterest. And now? I craft ALL THE TIME! Not only have I made some pretty items to decorate my house, but I’m also looking to make some homemade holiday gifts! Browsing on the Pinterest app is really easy and typing in any search term like “DIY Gift” will give you a ton of ideas of cute things you can make and give for the holidays – a lot of pins are tutorials too, can’t get any easier than that!
Holiday gift-giving on a much smarter budget – that’s what I love about Pinterest. And who doesn’t love a thoughtful, hand-made item anyway?!?!
Now if only Etsy developed an Android app my list would be complete…