September 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am
Don’t you just love finding a bargain? I know I do. But a lot of the real bargains require serious attention to sales and special offers, which means a lot of time in stores. That’s something I don’t love or have much time for. Except for the occasional stroll through my favorite discount stores, I’m not usually in a store unless I’m there for something specific. And with my timing, I’m often there the day after the coupon expires.
Except for clothes, which I prefer to try on, I do a serious amount of online shopping. I’ve been a faithful Peapod shopper for years and would never go back to in-store grocery shopping. If only Trader Joe’s and Costco would offer online shopping and delivery. That would make me SO happy. Are you reading this Trader Joe’s??
I also rely heavily on Amazon. Books, music, electronics, health and beauty products and even coffee, are some of the items I’ve ordered recently. I could never get my holiday gift giving done without it.
So I’m always interested in better online shopping solutions. Two new apps came to my attention that I think are worth sharing. Google (yes, Google again) recently released an ipad app called Google Catalogs (go figure, Android has to wait) which allows you to subscribe to electronic versions of lots of retail catalogs and look books and browse them in the comfort of your most comfortable chair. I downloaded it today and had a great time checking out some catalogs that I don’t normally get.
Some of the app’s features include making favorites of your preferred catalogs, ordering products directly from the app, or finding the nearest retail store which sells it. It even let’s me know the hours that the store is open today. How handy is that? But the real bonus is the ability to search across multiple catalogs for a particular item. That’s what I call power shopping!
Now catalog shopping on my ipad is great in an of itself, but to make it that much more satisfying, try out Coupon Sherpa. It’s available online at couponsherpa.com and as an iphone app. (Android and Blackberry apps are on the way). Here’s a one-stop app for finding coupons for the stores you are going to shop (online included). Never hit the checkout without checking here first.
So whether you’re shopping at the mall or from your couch, these two apps can help you get the job done.