These days, smartphone use is on the rise, and it’s actually seen as an essential purchase. According to PEW Research Center, 77% of American adults now own one, and it’s not surprising. They may seem like an expensive investment – and they are – but once you have one, you’re set in so many ways. Here are just a few of the savings you can make by owning one!

You Don’t Need A Fancy Camera

Okay, so nobody needs a camera – period. However, it’s 2017, and most of us want one. Whether you go on lavish vacations or you just want to ‘gram your dinner, having something to take the snaps with is ideal. A camera on your phone saves you from having to buy extra equipment – unless you’re working at a professional photography level. Plus, these days, phone cameras are actually of a really good quality. That’s all in addition to convenience, ease of use, and the multitude of often free editing and sharing apps you can use to really get the most from your images.

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 You Can Game On The Go

Gaming is something which many of us actively like to get involved in, but investing in consoles with our modern, busy lifestyles can seem counterproductive. Having a phone to game on the go is something which many of us take full advantage of these days, and the gaming industry is changing to reflect that. Everyone remembers the big hit of 2016 – everyone walking around playing augmented reality game, Pokemon Go. But it’s not just for the young (or young at heart).

iGaming is another part of the industry that’s on the rise, and it’s very easy to get into, especially when you’re able to compare and contrast the different kinds of online games available on sites like Oddschecker, including all the free bets and welcome bonuses on offer. All you need to get started is an internet connection, and most of us are already paying for data (they’re mobile friendly sites, obviously). And with lots of payment options available, it’s even easier to choose a financially viable option suited to you.

It’s All About The Apps

These days, it’s often not enough just to say you’ll save money by shopping online. When you use a company, you’re often encouraged to download their app to save an additional amount. You can also download all kinds of coupon apps such as Groupon. In the UK, Virgin has launched an exclusive app called Virgin Red which offers users all kinds of offers, and it’s not available on the website. It’s expected that as more of us get smartphones, more of us will benefit from these kinds of deals.

Of course, it’s not all about coupon style apps! According to USA Today, more than half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, so they’ve listed a great range of budgeting apps to help you manage where your money is going, and to hold you accountable for each and every spend. Don’t forget, most banks also have an app, so you can really keep on track.

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Smartphones allow us to do a multitude of things, and there will be something of use to you, no matter what you’re into. Try and seek them out – you may save yourself more dollars than you think!