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10 useful smartphone apps for over 50s

Posted in: Finance Last updated: 23 Oct 2013

The recent phenomenon of smartphones and tablet applications has narrowed the generation gap, enabling people of all ages to do lots of different things on the go.

Whilst you might not want to use tablet applications for gaming or chatting on Facebook, there are lots of apps out there to help you do practical things like planning a holiday or maintaining a healthy bank balance. We’ve scoured the web for some of the most useful apps around. Here are our top ten.

1. myvouchercodes

Fancy a meal out but low on cash? My voucher codes give you the perfect excuse to dine out when you’re on a budget. It generates a list of a range of weekly discount codes for restaurants as well as other places too. Simply choose your offer, download the code and present it at your chosen venue.

2. Skype

Keeping in touch with long distance relatives can be extremely difficult due to time differences and costly phone tariffs. Skype calling allows you to tell stories, celebrate special occasions and talk to the people you care about face to face – even if they live at the other side of the world. If the person at the other end has Skype, it will cost you nothing at all to call them.

3. mySuperList

Plan and buy your weekly food shop with this handy app. mySuperList helps you to organise your shopping list and get the best deals by comparing prices against other brands. You can choose from shopping at Asda, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Tesco, Waitrose, Boots or Superdrug. If you’re out and about doing the supermarket run, you can even use the app to price check an item by scanning the bar code.

4. HotUKDeals

Hot UK deals is a community of bargain hunters that inform each other about great offers for all sorts of stuff – ranging from supermarket buys to computers and cars. It lists the deals, telling you where to get them, and even rates them on how ‘hot’ they are. This is great for catching exclusive one off deals that don’t come about regularly.

5. 0800 Wizard

Sick of forking out for 0800 calls on your mobile? 0800 wizard lets you call freephone numbers as part of your network operator’s inclusive minutes. Simpy dial the 0800, 0808 or 0500 freephone number you want and you’ll avoid the network operator charge. However, if you exceed your bundled minutes or if you’re a pay as you go customer, you will be charged at geographic rates (starting 01, 02, or 03).

6. Expedia

Expedia is the perfect app for hunting out a bargain holiday. It works as a one-stop shop for flight and hotel deals, doing all the research for you in one place. In just one search, you can compare leading hotels and flights from across the web.

7. Onavo Extend

If you’re regularly going over your monthly mobile phone allowance, this is just the app for you. Onavo compresses the amount of data you use, which means you can get more data from your data plan. Be aware though that this doesn’t cover streaming or voice applications.

8. Tickety Split

This app from moneysavingexpert.com is quite a unique way of saving money with walk on train fares. Simply punch in your journey details and it will use the ticket splitting technique to calculate when it would save you money to divide a single trip into two separate journeys. So, you buy tickets for different parts of the journey instead of the whole trip, but still stay on the same train. Be aware though that this currently only covers walk on train tickets and not advanced fares.

9. ATM Hunter

Have you ever ended up wandering aimlessly round the street trying to find a cash machine? This is where ATM hunter comes in handy. It accesses your current location to find the nearest cash machine – you can even filter it by your bank. This is great for those times when you’re lost in unfamiliar places or away on holiday.

10. Spendometer

Spendometer is a mobile budgeting tool that allows you to keep track of your spending on the go. Simply create your budget for the month and input your purchases every time you spend money. It will tally up your outgoings and even warns you if you’re close to creeping over your budget.

Making use of the free apps available is a great way of keeping up-to-date with regular offers and saving yourself some pennies.

Note: Whilst we take care to ensure Hub content is accurate at the time of publication, individual circumstances can differ so please don’t rely on it when making financial decisions. OneFamily do not provide advice so it may be worth speaking to an independent financial advisor about your own circumstances.