Free iPhone Apps that Save You Money (Canadians)

I know that the iPhone is expensive and the prices for the monthly plans are out of this world but it is a very attractive device. The tools available on the iPhone are unbelievable.

One problem I find with many iPhone apps is that many popular apps are not available on the iTunes store in Canada. I had two requirements: absolutely free application and available on the App store in Canada.

I have found seven applications that not only let you save money but are free applications that don’t cost anything.

Wi-Fi Finder

Wi-Fi Finder offers a list of more than 200,000 locations across 135 countries. All of these locations are verified hotspot locations which are made available on iPhone and iPod touch. This is convenient when travelling and it avoids you having to pay for internet access sometimes. Click here to download

Cheap Gas

Find the cheapest place to by gasoline near you with the Cheap Gas iPhone application. The pricing for this app is provided by the GasBuddy website and works in the United States and Canada. I am a major fan of low gas prices! Click here to download

CIBC Mobile Banking – ATM Finder

With the CIBC Mobile Banking app, you can complete everyday CIBC banking transactions on your iPhone quickly, easily and safely. The app even has an area where you can find CIBC bank machines and branches in your area. Search by street address or postal code. I really liked the interface, and it saves fees when you need to use a specific CIBC ATM. Click here to download

Stanza – Free eBook reader

Read books on your iPhone or iPod Touch! Choose from an additional 50,000 free classics and recent original works available from Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, and many other sources. This is a major money saver when you consider how much the Kindle costs in Canada. Click here to download

GroceryDeals – mobile grocery deal finder

GroceryDeals lets you find the closest, grocery store with the single touch of a finger. It was designed to allow Canadians to find grocery store deals to save them time and money. It helps you find a close grocery store when you are in a hurry and a quick look at five deals from the latest grocery flyer. Click here to download

Taxi Magic

Book a taxi from your iPhone. Save yourself the cost of a DUI and/or fender bender. It seems to not have every Canadian city but they seem to slowly be adding more cities. Click here to download

Awesome Tip Calculator

I still remember the Seinfeld wizard when Jerry bought his dad the expensive calculator that was also a tip calculator. Free application that provides full set of features and easy to use great UI so that you don’t tip more then you need to. Click here to download

Back to you,

Does anyone know of any other free iPhone apps that help save money?

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9 years ago

I don’t understand why the majority of tip calculators don’t allow you to take tax into account. What’s the point of calculating how much you have to pay if it doesn’t actually give you the final total?

The only tip calculator that has ever worked well for me is in the Appbox app (I have the pro version but I seem to remember it was also in the free one?) A very worthwile app bundle with loads of useful apps.

11 years ago

Thanks for some of the tips for apps. I only have an iPod touch and as a long time believer that Apple had a great business model by selling overpriced, overhyped, proprietary goods, I love the iPod touch.

used tires – I think you are referring to the iPad, not the iPod/iPhone. I think that Apple will improve it in future generations eventually making it more like a tablet computer. Perhaps it would involve cloud computing, but I think it is overpriced for what it does. OTOH, if I’m an Apple stockholder I’d be pleased.

used tires
11 years ago

You’ve got to compare it to a Netbook. Its the closest specs and they are releasing touch screen models now. Unfortuantly I think apples blew it and made it more like a Kindle then a netbook. I think they probably figured they couldn’t actually make a functioning netbook or they would loose to many macbook pro sales. On the PC side I dumped my laptop as soon as I got my netbook. It was just too much lighter, smaller, bigger battery, and good for picking up chicks then my old 15 inch laptop. :)

Till then,


11 years ago

I like the Bloomberg app.

It has really helped me with trading my stocks (opportunity cost) and taking advantage of the market.

I don’t have an iPhone, just an iTouch, but hope to get the iPhone in June. I know that the data charges can be very expensive (adding another $20 to the plan) but I think the convenience is worth it.

11 years ago

I don’t know if it’s free, but there is another app called Expense App. I think that’s the name. THe application will allow you to take pictures of receipts and categorize your spending. This could come in handy at tax time when looking for deductions. :)

used tires
11 years ago

These are some great apps having used some of them and it’s amazing they can make all this work without Flash. I use my iPhone to browse the ‘net a lot. Never in the past 2 years have I felt as though it was crippled by not having flash. The only amount that I feel crippled is that i bought an original gen 1 iPhone that has the slow Edge network. If I was on the new iPhone 3GS, the 3G speeds are pretty darn fast.

Till then,


Peter B
11 years ago

I have my iPod touch and a cell phone with a corporate rate of $30/mth inclusive of fees etc. While I do not like carrying around two devices I cannot justify the cost or monthly expense of an iPhone and the iPod touch does everything the iPhone does with a few exceptions. When I need to replace my phone, I found out that you can purchase an iPhone (locked / unlocked) without a contract and just buy a SIM card. This way you can have the benefit of only carrying around one device and choose your own plan (NO data required too). Since I am with Bell I can buy a SIM card for $5 and keep my $30/mth plan and just use the Free Wi-Fi and built in GPS.

Oh ya and my favourite free money saving aps are:

Skype (although I cannot make calls only text messages)
CAA – Lets you know where you can get discounts using the location finder
AppBox Lite – 12 apps in one including a tip calculator
Craigsphone – Craigslist for your iPod to find some good deals
Kijiji – Also to find good deals
eBay – Did I mention to find some good deals (or hard to find items)
CardStar – Never forget your club cards at home again (I got Safeway / Airmiles / Areoplan / Shoppers Drug Mart and a bunch more to collect all those points and keep my wallet small.

11 years ago

Three major money saving apps I use regularly have easily saved me much more than the cost of owning an iphone.

Skype – for 30 dollars a year I can call unlimited to anywhere in Canada & the states. Even when travellling I just need to find a wifi spot and with wifi at home I never pay long distance for calling family and friends. and more importantly both have iphone apps and they saved my girlfriend and I hundreds of dollars (and time) on booking hotel rooms during our last road trip to California.

11 years ago

@Hamilton_9: Thanks for the ping!
I haven’t followed the gift card issue that closely, but the blogposts I wrote in early 2009 occasionally get replies. The bottomline is that we don’t really know the logic behind this and it seems unlikely that the situation will change any time soon, despite rumours that they would.
Prepaid credit cards do work, sometimes with a bit of tweaking (you need to have the exact same address on your Apple/iTunes account).

Since getting my first iPod touch (pretty much at the time when the App Store opened), I’ve been getting a rather large number of apps. Some paid, some free. I end up not really using more than “two pages worth” (at 16 per page) on a regular basis. Can’t say that I have a recommendation for a free one available in Canada but there are some which are specific to Montreal that I find useful, like STM Mobile (public transit schedule), Guichetier (ATMs), Île-sans-fil (free WiFi), and Bixi (shared bicycles). Can’t say they really “save me money” but they’re worth listing.

Steve Zussino
11 years ago


Thanks for your feedback.

We know Manitobans love to save money (I am originally from Northern Ontario). We are looking for an editor to post the best deals because those stores are a lot different.

We do have many printable grocery coupons for that region though.

Let me know if you would like to apply for the position.