10 Holiday Shopping Apps That Will Save You Money from cnbc.com
One of the best ways to save money is to start with a budget, and Gift List allows you to do just that. It's not the only app out there that can help you create a budget, but it's one of the easiest.
FastMall has maps and allows interactive navigation at more than 1,250 malls across the country, and they are adding updates and new locations all the time.
TGI Black Friday
Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, and advertisements for the Black Friday deals are already beginning to leak out. This app allows you to easily scan the Black Friday ads for all major retailers before they show up in the your local paper and make a personal shopping list with a touch of a finger.
The app pitches itself largely as an organization tool. Take a picture of your receipts using your smartphone and Lemon will turn them into digitized copies that can be retrieved and printed as needed. Not only will you be able to easily find receipts you need, but you can also keep track of what you are spending.
Key Ring Rewards
With Key Ring Rewards you take a picture of your membership tag, and viola! You're ready to go. Just use the app when you're in the checkout line. The cashier can either scan the barcode from the image on the phone, or enter in the membership number.
his app lets you browse, search, and buy clothing and accessories pretty easily. You can narrow your search by brand, store, size, or price, and also receive alerts for sales of your favorite brands. It's also just a great looking app, with plenty of product images that load quickly and are well organized. You can even zoom into the pictures to take a closer look at the detail.
ShopSavvy is a must for the bargain hunter's toolbox. It's is the kind of app that has already altered the retail landscape. With a simple scan of a product's barcode, ShopSavvy delivers a wealth of information to the shoppers on the fly. Compare prices, read product reviews, or share information about potential purchases with friends.
Price Check by Amazon
Amazon's Price Check app is another way to compare prices. You can scan the product's barcode, take a photo of the item, say the name into the mic, or type the name of the product into the search box. Of course, the app also makes it easy for you if you're standing in a store, and see the product for less at Amazon, to simply tap your finger a few more times and buy it from the online retailer.
Catalog By The Find
OK, this app is for the iPad only, but for those who love to shop, it's worth checking out. The Find's Catalogue aggregates catalogs from leading retailers such as Crate & Barrel, J.Crew, Gaiam, Nordstrom, and Saks, among others. The app makes it easy to browse the catalog, save products that you like, and click through to make a purchase. That means no more folding down pages of a catalog or using sticky notes to mark your favorites.
Although mobile use and online shopping are growing trends, the vast majority of purchases are made at brick-and-mortar stores. Running from store to store can burn up gas, but with the GasBuddy app, you'll know you're getting the best price per gallon when you fill up.