OMG! My mom is going to be thrilled unwrapping this new Elie Tahari coat that I found online after following my own app picks for saving money and finding deals. This same beautiful coat retails for $380 and with very little effort at all, I spotted it on ideel.com for $129.99, 65% off retail price in 2 of her fav colors black and grey.
Knowing how to save will help you on holiday shopping as Americans part with an increased amount of spending predicted along with a healthy 16.6% growth in online shopping with mobile shopping up sharply growing at 37.3% in 2014.
With some big help from some free apps that are rattling the retailers is the best way to make your holiday easier and stretch your money. Here are my favorites!
BEST BROWSER APP FOR AUTOMATIC COUPON CODES
Honey web app
Automatically applies coupons to your shopping cart at over 400 shopping sites. Will detect what coupon codes are available when you are about to checkout online and add them to your cart.
Honey also gives you access to 8,000 store coupons. It adds a little orange Honey button to your browser to click after it lights-up when it has found you coupons.
This Pasadena, California group of money savers claims to have saved people $20 million to date. The co-founder, George Ruan, confirms that they do not sell anyone’s information or make use of it to any third party. You can use Honey to save money without needing to register an account.
BEST APP FOR PRICE DROP ALERTS ON ITEMS YOU LIST
Make that list and TrackIf will check it twice. You tell the app what items you are planning to purchase, and it alerts you when the price has dropped for over 4,000,000 products.
TrackIf app popularity is growing since it can save money outside of the holiday mad rush on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Get out of that crazy line and learn how to get a deal without the stress and anxiety of rushing into a retailer with the crowd.
BEST SHOWROOMING APP TO COMPARE PRICE AT STORE
The buzzword in retail is “showrooming”. That’s when you go shopping in a traditional store and whip out your smartphone to check prices of an item that has caught your eye.
BuyVia app makes showrooming easy by dishing out competitive prices based on your location and preferences you set. Along with nearby price comparisons it throws in what the item is being sold for on amazon without needing to click away. The built-in UPC barcode scanner makes it easy to shop on the fly and also store items that you fall in love with to see if the price is better elsewhere.
BEST APP FOR FAST IN-STORE SHOPPING
Helps you find where an item is located inside store. I often feel like store employees at big box retailers avoid eye contact when they see us coming with a question about where to find an item. Aisle411 app puts an end to chasing down store employees by showing you where to find exactly what you are looking for on each aisle with its unique indoor mapping technology.
An Aisle411 store map pops up in the app for a number of big name stores like Toys r Us, Walgreens and Home Depot. This may not be the best at finding a deal, but it will get you in and out of a listed store faster than any other app.
BEST MEGASITE FOR CYBERMONDAY DEALS
Mega behemoth official site created by the shop.org people who made up the shopping days years ago to get you and me comfy with online shopping. It’s evolved into a master clearinghouse where 800+ retailers list their bargains in one spot.
BEST CYBERMONDAY BOOKMARKS
These are the most popular bookmarks that take you right to some of America’s most popular shopping stores for deals on pages setup to highlight specials. Keep your eye on these pages in and around Cyber Monday.
Predicting how retailers will unfold holiday bargains may be a guessing game with some even raising prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Knowing how to work the deals with these powerful apps will take the guesswork out and steer you to stretching your holiday budget and make life easier.
There are a number of other winners that didn’t make this year’s top cut. What shopping secret or app do you use the most? Comment below.
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