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October 8th, 2013 at 10:19 am

Never Pay Full Price Again With Smart Shopping Apps

I just did a Google search on the keywords “coupon shopping” and it returned 163 million results. That’s a lot of information. The couponing industry has come a long way from clipping money savers from the Sunday paper.

Now you can find an app that does the work for you. Have your eye on a particular jacket? You may love it, but not enough to pay full price. No problem, just download the Hukkster button to your browser and click it when you find something you like online. You’ll get notified when the item goes on sale. Wow – that’s easy.

Then there’s RedLaser. It’s a phone app with a variety of features that lets you save money and time on shopping. Looking for a favorite toy? Check out who is selling it locally and for how much. Then if you want you can order it through the app and have it waiting for you at the store. Or, if you are in the store and want to comparison shop, just scan the barcode and the app will quote competing retailer prices. You’ll never pay more than you should again.

A bonus feature of RedLaser lets you scan a food item barcode and discover if there are any allergens in the ingredients. Having nut allergies myself, this is really helpful.

There are many ways to shop and lots of apps out there that let you to search, collect, compare, check in, scan, get alerts, share, review, and of course, buy. It makes clipping coupons the old fashioned way seem so quaint. On the other hand, sitting down with the circulars and a pair of scissors sounds absolutely relaxing.

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December 4th, 2012 at 10:46 am

5 Shopping Apps to Save You Money and Time

Here we go folks. It’s time for making your lists and checking them a hundred times. If you haven’t already finished (or even started) your holiday shopping, you might just want to enlist these apps to help you get the best prices on the items you want and help you get it done in less time.

ShopAdvisor and Decide help you monitor pricing information of products you’re thinking of buying so you can make smarter decisions about when to buy them. These sites will also alert you when prices reach or come close to your desired price point. I wrote a post on Decide last year if you want to check it out.

RedLaser is a feature rich shopping assistant. You can scan a barcode and find all local and online stores and prices, reserve the item for pickup, and even use the loyalty card feature to ensure you get every customer benefit. My favorite feature is the Top Deals which gives you a list of all of the special offers, discounts, cash back and promotional gift cards available. Knowing I’ll get a gift card for spending $50 at a merchant is good incentive to get me in the store. I also like the list feature which allows me to create shopping lists for all of my needs.

And if you want to also support your local stores, or don’t want to pay shipping costs, Milo will find you the local stores that have what you’re looking for. So if a yellow Furby is on your list, Milo will tell you which stores have it in stock and which stores to skip.

And for coupon deals in your area, try the Coupons App. The first thing you see when you start the app is where the lowest gas prices are in your neighborhood. That alone makes it a keeper. But beyond that it shows you the deals at area stores and restaurants and allows you to scan items and find out where you can find them at the best price.

Just about every retailer is offering some sort of promotional discount. Knowing what they are just got a whole lot easier with these smartphone apps. Don’t leave home without them.

Happy shopping!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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