These apps charge people for the privilege of saving money

Play to save.

That’s the name of the game for some people looking for easy incentives to stash away a little extra cash without thinking twice about it.

Before Mike Pearson, 37, and his wife planned a trip to the Bahamas last year, they downloaded a savings game app that let them “set it and forget it.”

‘You can definitely hit a savings goal like a small vacation or something similar.’

—Mike Pearson, a New York City-based music-industry lawyer

“We wanted to set a savings goal to help pay for the trip, and we thought it would be a good way to ‘force’ ourselves to save up,” Pearson, a New York City-based music-industry lawyer, told MarketWatch.

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