There are dozens, if not hundreds of apps dedicated to helping you save money. In my opinion, Larky's one of the truly innovative ones, allowing you to take advantage of perks and discounts you may not even know you're entitled to. Enter in which credit cards, clubs, loyalty programs, and professional and alumni associations you have, and Larky takes over from there. You don't even have to register your account information, just the fact that you are a member.
The beauty of the app is that you don't have to spend time scanning discounts as the information is pushed to you when you need it. If your location services are activated on your phone, you get alerts when you're approaching area location with a discount.
So let's say you're entering a museum and your company's negotiated a discount for its employees, you'll be notified before you buy your entrance ticket. Similarly, if you're walking by the Gap and you're entitled to a discount from your alumni association, you'll get a notification. If you opt not to have your location services activated, you can do a search by city, zip code, or online. You can also search your perks by category - electronics, entertainment, food and beverage, etc.
I registered and added a few of my clubs and memberships to try it out and was pleasantly shocked by the number of perks available to me. Who knew that being a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers would give me discounts at car rental agencies, airlines, and FedEx shipments?
Currently, Larky is free and available online for Apple devices and most likely soon for Androids as well. Larky says it's working on a browser extension so that as you're shopping online, you'll get notifications when you're eligible for a discount. The one major caveat is that at the present time the organizations and associations participating are a bit limited, but you can expect that to grow.
This app offers big savings -- why not take advantage of them? You'll be feeling quite larky if you do!