Unless you have your own team of elves, holiday shopping can be overwhelming. The vast selection of products and retailers — both on and off-line — is mind boggling. Following is an elite selection of the available Smartphone apps designed to help you choose the best product, get the best price, and remember everyone on your list.
Scan and compare. The Find allows you to shop and save money using your Desktop, Tablet, Smartphone, or Facebook and synchs these platforms to allow you to research and buy seamlessly – both at home and in-store. Barcode scanning technology lets you quickly compare prices, locate alternate nearby retailers, and even map your route. Also includes the ability to set price watches and share favorite items with friends. Works with Apple and Android devices.
Get organized. iGive Gifts allows you to neatly organize gift ideas, events, and gifts given and received. Budgeting software allows you to track your finances for a given event and identify how much budget is remaining. A shopping list allows you to sort and view not yet purchased gifts by store. This app costs $0.99. An upgrade option provides even more functionality. iPhone compatible.
No more clipping! Coupon Sherpa allows you to check for deals at stores near you. More than 100 coupons are available. No need to cut or print - the cashier will scan the barcode directly from your mobile device. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
Get a recommendation from everyday users. Barcode Hero is an interactive community that allows you to comment on your favorite products and read reviews from other users. Scan a barcode to quickly locate feedback on an item you’re considering. Barcode hero integrates with Facebook and Twitter and includes millions of products in over 20,000 categories. Works with the iPhone.
Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper
Get advice and recommendations from a trusted source. Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper allows you to search, browse, or scan a barcode and quickly access buying advice and product ratings. This app is iPhone and Android compatible. For $4.99 you get a one-year subscription to the mobile service, or get it free with a subscription to Consumer Reports.
Procrastinators take note! Okay, this one isn’t an app, but it’s certainly worth mentioning as a money and sanity saver. If you’ve delayed on that special present and don’t want to battle crowds at the mall, purchase on December 16 from one of the more than 1,876 retailers on this site and receive FREE shipping, with delivery by Christmas Eve! Retailers include major stores like Kohl’s, The North Face, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sephora, Shutterfly, and many, many more.
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