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9 Killer Apps


Make your smartphone pay for itself and then some. These apps will more than suffice by Camilla Cornell


make your cellphone pay for itself and then some. These apps will more than suffice by Camilla Cornell


Here New Year’s resolution No. 1: Here’s New Year’s resolution No. 1:


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bills on time, save money, run your business more efficiently and even invest more profitably. And most of them won’t cost you a penny.


bills on time, save money, run your business more efficiently and even invest more profitably. And most of them won’t cost you a penny.


OU PROBABLY ALREADY CONSULT YOUR SMARTPHONE a few dozen times a day for texts, emails and ran- dom searches (e.g., how much of the TV show Vi- kings is true?). Here are nine other reasons to gaze into the screen. These apps can help you pay your


1. Mint (iOS, Android) Perhaps the best-known personal finance app out there, this all-in-one tool links your home loan, investments, bank and credit-card accounts to your budget and spending patterns. (Don’t worry, it uses bank-level security and alerts you to any suspicious transactions.) Not only will Mint alert you when all your bills are due so you avoid late fees, the app offers a free credit score, customized spending-and-savings reports and personalized recommendations on how you can keep more cash in your pocket. Free.


1. Mint (iOS, Android). Perhaps the best-known personal finance app out there, this all-in-one tool links your home loan, investments, bank and credit-card accounts to your budget and spending patterns. (Don’t worry, it uses bank-level security and alerts you to any suspicious transactions.) Not only will Mint alert you when all your bills are due so you avoid late fees, the app offers a free credit score, customized spending-and-savings reports and personalized recommendations on how you can keep more cash in your pocket. Free.


2. Flipp IQ (iOS, Android) Want to make sure you’re getting the best price available on everything from groceries to appliances? Plug in your postal code to get local sales flyers from more


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2. Flipp IQ (iOS, Android). Want to make sure you’re getting the best price available on everything from groceries to appliances? Plug in your postal code to get local sales flyers from more


OU PROBABLY ALREADY CONSULT YOUR SMARTPHONE a few dozen times a day for texts, emails and random searches (e.g., How much of Vikings is true?). Here are nine other reasons to gaze into the screen. These apps can help you pay your


9 Killer Apps


than 800 retailers such as Metro, Canadian Tire, Loblaws and Walmart. You can search for bargains by product as well, and Flipp’s coupon-matching feature lets you seek out manufactur- ers’ coupons to render a good deal even better. Free.


than 800 retailers such as Metro, Canadian Tire, Loblaws and Walmart. You can search for bargains by product as well, and Flipp’s coupon-matching feature lets you seek out manufactur- ers’ coupons to render a good deal even better. Free.


3. Mylo (iOS, Android) Want a simple, painless way to stash away more cash? Mylo automatically rounds up your daily pur- chases to the nearest dollar and invests the spare change into a personally tailored diversified portfolio of ETFs (index funds). If you spend $4.50 on a latte, for example, Mylo will round it up to $5 and invest the difference. Launched in July, 2017, it’s great for saving toward a special trip or purchase, or simply bolster- ing your investment account. Free download; $1 a month for the investment account.


4. Bloomberg(iOS, Android) Stay abreast of what’s going on in the business world as well as within your own portfolio. Apart from delivering breaking news about the global economy— financial markets in particular— you can enter your list of investments in the portfolio tracker and follow their daily activ- ity. You’ll even get personalized news about companies on your watch list. Free.


3. Mylo (Mylo (iOS,Android). Want a simple, painless way to stash away more cash? Mylo automatically rounds up your daily purchases to the nearest dollar and invests the spare change into a personally tailored diversified portfolio of ETFs (index funds). If you spend $4.50 on a latte, for example, Mylo will round it up to $5 and invest the difference. Launched in July last year, it’s great for saving toward a special trip or purchase, or simply bolstering your investment account. Free download; $1 a month for the investment account.


4. Bloomberg (iOS, Android). Stay abreast of what’s going on in the business world as well as within your own portfolio. Apart from delivering breaking news about the global economy -- financial markets in particular -- you can enter your list of investments in the portfolio tracker and follow their daily activ- ity. You’ll even get personalized news about companies on your watch list. Free.


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