At a Glance: Kids are expensive, right? Here, some money-saving apps that can help you stash more funds for your degree.
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Kids are not cheap. That’s for sure. But do you have any idea how expensive they actually are?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, to raise a child from birth until they are 18, it’s anywhere from $193,000 in rural inexpensive areas to $282,000 in expensive urban areas. And that’s not including tuition or adjusting for inflation.

YIKES! It’s no wonder that parents who are students are looking for ways to save money or find a bargain.

Thankfully, there’s an app for that. Consumer expert Andrea Woroch has made a career of helping people save money. Here are four of her favorite money-saving apps:

 

Coupon Sherpa

Provides instant, location-based coupons on the spot for when you need to score great deals on back-to-school gear.

ReadyForZero

For a personalized debt pay-down plan.

ShopSavvy

Helps you learn about discounts and compare prices to help cut costs of everyday items.

Gazelle

Is a place to trade and upgrade your electronics, because no 12-year-old needs a brand-new phone.


Some other popular apps to consider:

The money-tracking app, Mint, gives users an overview of how much money is coming in and going out, and what it’s being spent on.

Cozi is an organizing and list-making app that allows families to coordinate schedules, shopping lists and to-do lists. The goal? To get the whole family on the same page and, ultimately, save time and money in the process.

There’s not one app out there that will work for everyone. So go ahead and try them out—especially the free ones. By experimenting with different solutions, you’ll find the ones that are best for you, your family and your pocketbook.