Don’t Let Spring Break Turn to Spring Broke: 21 Apps That’ll Help You Save
If you’re a college student, the best part of your year is quickly approaching: spring break, baby!
Your goal? To have as much fun as you can.
But you know what can quickly put a damper on that fun? Worrying about money.
21 Apps That Help You Save Money on Spring Break
While you could always figure out a way to earn money during spring break, another strategy is to simply keep your costs as low as possible.
Put your money concerns aside, and save money on spring break with these apps.
For transportation, check out…
Buy your flight now? Or wait? This old favorite takes the guessing game out of when to purchase tickets by analyzing billions of flights and telling you whether the price is likely to go up or down.
Driving to your destination? Don’t leave home without this app. It lists the cost of gas at nearby stations so you can easily find the best deal.
(Want other options? Check out this list of apps that help you find cheap gas.)
Instead of paying for a taxi, get a safe (and cheaper) ride home with one of these services.
Never get separated from your friends again.
When you’re in a new city with unfamiliar landmarks, it can be tough to describe where you are to your companions — especially if you’ve had a few drinks. This app aims to change that by dividing the world into 57 trillion 10-foot squares.
In a big city or a beach town that’s littered with parking meters? Rather than digging up your quarters reserved for laundry, pay for your spot through this app.
You can save big by taking public transportation. However, that can get tricky — especially if you’re not used to it. Citymapper helps you plan trips from point A to point B the cheapest and most efficient way possible.
For accommodations, check out…
If you’re traveling with a group of friends, renting a house with Airbnb is both economical and fun. Check out these awesome places under $100 per night across the U.S.
And if your own place will be empty while you’re away, why not consider listing it on Airbnb and making some money while you’re partying?
Want to book a hotel, but don’t want to pay hotel prices? Try Roomer. This innovative app allows you to book deeply-discounted hotel rooms from people who had to cancel their trips.
If you’re really bad at planning ahead or find yourself in a pickle, book a hotel through HotelTonight. It promises last-minute deals for top-rated hotels.
If you’re down with staying on strangers’ couches, you can snag some awesome, free sleeping spaces. It’s a great way to meet other travelers and gain a local’s point of view.
For food and drink, check out…
11. Happy Hours
One of the best ways to save money on food and drinks? Hitting up happy hour. But in an unfamiliar city, it’s hard to figure out where to go. Enter this app, which lists the times and specials of happy hours at nearby bars and restaurants.
12. Drinking Buddy
Because the bar can get expensive, you probably want to spend a few nights drinking at home with your friends. Use this app to find the cheapest alcohol prices near you — whether they’re at a grocery store, liquor store or gas station. (Yes, budget beer and cheap wine can be delicious!)
13. Drinkin’ Buddy
Don’t be fooled by this app’s similar name: It has a completely different (and important) function. It allows you to track your blood alcohol levels so you don’t over-imbibe — and your bill, so you don’t overspend.
14. Open Table / 15. Yelp
These two staples help you find nearby restaurants, peruse customer reviews and survey menus and prices.
For activities, check out…
Embrace your student status. Use this app to help you find all of the student discounts available in your destination.
You probably subscribe to Groupon updates in your home city — but what about when you’re traveling? Though some of the discounts may only be available to local residents, you’re bound to find some great deals on tickets or activities in your destination.
Want to get out on the water but don’t have a boat? Try GetMyBoat, where owners lists boats you can rent for the day. (Think Airbnb for watercraft.)
Trip Advisor is great, but the Trip.com app lets you categorize your city search by “budget.” When you click the budget icon, you’ll find lots of budget-friendly options — from free beaches to visit to affordable breweries.
For everything else, check out…
If you’re traveling internationally, this app is a must. Don’t get slammed by exorbitant international data charges and keep track of your friends by using this app to text over Wi-Fi.
19. Wifi Finder
You use a lot of data when you travel. Avoid going over your limit by connecting to wifi whenever possible; use this app to find hotspots near you. You can also find passwords, so you don’t have to ask your next barista the password.
20. Cost Split
If you’re traveling in a group, figuring out who owes what can be a royal pain. This handy app does it for you, so nobody ends up unfairly paying more than their share. At the end of the trip, it’ll even email out a detailed report.
Then, check out these five money-sharing apps.
You can’t put a price on your safety. This app has several features to give you (and your mom) peace of mind. Hold down the safety button until you’re safely where you need to be. When you get there, release the button and enter your pin. If you’re in danger, release — don’t enter your pin — and it’ll contact 911.
Your Turn: Which one of these is your favorite? Which did we miss?
Junior writer Carson Kohler and intern Haley Gonzalez contributed to this article.