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Dec 4, 2013
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It's the holiday season! The good news: Christmas bonus! The bad news: it will go bye-bye in the blink of an eye.

Nakaka-relate ba kayo? Such is the dilemma many of us have when December comes (unless you're so filthy rich you can brag about buying someone), making it a bittersweet time.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

With the help of smartphone apps, you can actually extend your Christmas bonus, thirteenth month pay, or even your regular sweldo. Check them out below.

1. Mint

apps for saving up
Save with it:
Mint helps you save by keeping track of expenses and the amount of money you have. List down daily spendings, cash-at-hand, even the balances in your savings account. It can remind you of monthly bills and transactions. It even lets you set budget plans and track if you're getting there or doing a sucky job saving up.

Get it: Free on iTunes

2. Groupon

apps for saving up
Save with it:
The mobile counterpart of deals site Groupon.com, the app shows you 50- to 90- percent off deals from dining and movies to where you couples can go for a little labing-labing. When you spot one, you can get it right away through your smartphone. Perfect for the holidays. Supports 500 cities, meaning you can use it here in Manila or abroad.

Get it: Free on Google Play and iTunes

3. Saving Made Simple Money App

                                  


Save with it: Tracking daily expenses can be a drag, not to mention, bad news for the ulyanin. SMSMA lets you list down purchases and payments as you pay. Set short-term and long-term budget goals and  set "dreams" (i.e. dream car) that you want to buy. Also informs how close you are to doing so.

Get it: Free on Google Play

NEXT: A manghuhula app!


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