Rich DeMuro filled in for Leo Laporte this weekend, and recommended a couple of apps that will help you make purchases and track them. First is an app called Earny. This tracks purchases that you make at major retailers and looks for price drops. Prices change all the time, and we typically check prices before we buy things, but not afterwards. If Earny sees a price drop on a recent purchase, it will collect a refund for you by reaching out to the company. The pro to using this app is obviously the cash you'll get back from purchases. But the con is that you have to hand over account information and even email account access to Earny, which means you'll have to trust it. You also have to link a credit card to it, because it uses the price protection offered by the credit card to get you the refund. Earny makes money by taking 25% of the refunded money at the end of each month.
The next app Rich recommended was TrueBill. This keeps track of all of your subscriptions in one place. It shows you all of your subscriptions, and adds them all up. It even finds the annual subscription fees like Amazon Prime. If you find you're spending too much money, TrueBill will also help you cancel these services. Underneath each subscription, it will have instructions on how to cancel it. If it's something more difficult to cancel online, like a gym membership, TrueBill will actually go out and do it for you. It sends out letters and does what it has to do to cancel that service. It's free to use.