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Mobile apps can cost you a few bucks each, but here are some that can actually save you money.

The following post comes from Christy Birmingham at partner site The Dollar Stretcher.

The mobile phone is overtaking the dog as man’s best friend. With a few money-saving mobile apps, it will be even harder to put down your phone. Here are a few that are addictive and cost-effective…

Google Shopper

Powered by Google Product Search, this app brings smarter shopping to the smartphone world. With its free install, users instantly have access to detailed product information – such as price, consumer ratings, and reviews – all by simply scanning barcodes with your phone.

Other search methods include text and voice searches. And you can find local deals in many cities in the “Today’s Offer” section.

How popular is Google Shopper? AppBrain cites the app has 250,000 downloads and 30,090 ratings of 4.17 on average.

Skype Mobile App

Skype, which uses the Internet to make voice calls, has unleashed a related mobile app to save money on the go. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Symbian.

Key features are free Skype-to-Skype calls (and free video calls on Skype for iPhone). Download is free, and savings are evident on both local and international calls. Affordable options are pay-as-you-go or by subscription.

Recognition for the software is mounting. The Skype Mobile App was named best money-saving mobile app by Carphone Warehouse Appy Awards in the United Kingdom in 2011.

Price Grabber

Available for the iPad, iPhone, and Android, users have at their fingertips the product reviews for thousands of online merchants. Product features such as price are clearly displayed to prevent spending excess money or purchasing incorrect products. Price Grabber also lets you set the dollar amount you want to spend on a product and alerts you when the limit is reached.

Shop Savvy

Shop Savvy is tagged as “the leading mobile shopping assistant” by the Marketwire website. Version 5 was released in November of 2011 for the iPhone and Android. You can save time and money through in-app purchasing from major retailers like Walmart.com and Target.com. Find items as well by scanning barcodes using the app or through keyword search.

The app has garnered more than 20 million downloads and more than 10 million current unique users, according to Marketwire.

Mobile apps provide multiple ways to save money while on the go. Additional apps feature local deals and coupons, and provide consumers savings on restaurants and trips. Perfect for a busy lifestyle!

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