Cost Of City-living Got You Down? Try These 5 Money-saving Apps.

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‘I moved here for cheaper prices and reasonable rent’ said no Londoner ever. City life ain’t cheap, but here are 5 killer apps that will ease the squeeze on your accounts.

1. OLIO

Did someone say free food? For those that like saving money and the planet, OLIO is an app that makes it easy for you and your neighbours to share the food you’re not going to eat. Overbought? Going on holiday? Gone off red lentils? Just take a quick snap of your food, give a brief description and some pick-up details, and you’ll soon be meeting scores of lovely, grateful neighbours. For the unconvinced, here’s a sobering fact: Over 1/3 of all food that’s produced globally gets thrown away. Buck the trend – clear your larder and list on the app, or see what your neighbours are giving away.

2. WeRoom

Got a room to rent? If these London rental opportunities are anything to go by, then there’s probably a hundred willing tenants ready to snap it up. With WeRoom, you can rent out your spare living space quickly, and it’s actually pretty hassle-free. You’ll be paying less for rent and your utility bills will be shared. And it’s way more sociable. Those Tesco meals-for-one will become a thing of the past – you’ll be sharing dinners, hosting parties and watching movies together in no time.

3. JustPark

The ultimate moneymaker for anyone not using their driveway. If you live centrally (or near a sports stadium, music venue, school, church or pub) FL implores you to register to JustPark and start making some serious money off the parking space you never use. JustPark have already earned property owners and businesses over £15m by renting out their underused spaces, and they’re also helping reduce traffic on the road. Founder Anthony Eskinazi believes that “no driver should have to experience the stress and uncertainty of circling the streets searching for that elusive parking space.” FL couldn’t agree more. Rent yours now.

4. Dice

Born out of frustration with touts and outrageous booking fees, Dice is a mobile ticketing app that makes gigs and festivals that little bit more affordable. They’ve scrapped the hidden fees, so you actually pay what the artist and promoter intended. And you get the ticket sent straight to your phone, which means no more box office queues, no more hunting for a printer and no more paying for postage. Summer is a time for music, so treat yourself to a good time without breaking the bank.

5. Vrumi

Calling Generation Rent! Vrumi is the Airbnb for daytime workspace. If you have a kitchen table or study that sits unused during the day, you can now rent it out to paying freelancers and small businesses. London workers are ditching corporate offices and coffee shops for cheaper, more unique spaces. Vrumi operate a stringent ID verification process and user feedback system, as well as integrated insurance, so you can loan out your room in full confidence that it’ll be treated with respect.

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