As the clock continues to tick, time to shop for those perfect holiday presents is quickly running out. Though online shopping may no longer be an option, using these handy apps and shopping tricks would make even Rebecca Bloomwood proud.
Any smart shopper understands the value of price comparisons and finding the best holiday deals. ShopSavvy, a free app for smartphones, makes the money-saving quest that much easier.
Not only can you scan or type in barcodes of specific products, but the app can find coupons or deals near you based on your location. You can also type in the name of a specific store and the app will show you any sales, deals or coupons currently offered and ready to use instantly.
If you find a great deal but want to refer to it later, you can save your search, the coupon or the product.
This website — and its app — allows users to search for coupons and deals no matter the location. In addition, the second you walk into a store or shopping center, the application sends a notification to your phone with the organization’s latest sales and coupons.
Available for smartphones, this application allows users to scan the barcode of a specific product and then compare it to thousands of prices at stores in the area, paired with the location on an online map.
Instead of searching through your crowded wallet or unorganized purse, you can useCardStar to create digital versions of your membership and rewards cards with your phone’s camera. Users can pull it up while at the store or shop online to find the best deals and loyalty programs.
• Gift-list apps
An important element to the savvy shopper is the ability to stay organized. As a result, a gift-list app can help you keep everything together and on schedule in the craziest of malls. Our picks? Gift Plan or Christmas Gift List Planner.
The Gift Plan provides gift suggestions based on preferences while the Christmas Gift List Planner allows shoppers to track their spending and their gift purchases.
• Coupon Cabin
This website is the online library of coupons for any store. Just search for your favorite brand or shop and the coupons will keep on coming for in-store, or even online, deals. Just click on the coupon you want, print, shop and save.
The website and app include a variation of coupons, deals and online-shopping sales. Though most products are to be delivered (and at this point, are not guaranteed to be here before Santa) gift certificates or coupons are still offered for trips, classes, restaurants and more. Shoppers can check out exclusive deals for local and corporate stores that wouldn’t otherwise be available.
Not only does this application show you where the best deals are hidden, it gives you reward points for each purchase made. Collect enough to earn gift cards to your favorite stores and restaurants.
• Student discount
As a college student or even educational employee, every dollar in the bank account is precious. Some stores and brands realize students are short on cash and awarded discounted products as a result. These stores include Banana Republic, J.Crew, Apple, Sony and more.
If you’re with family, they could even benefit from a quick flash of your student ID. The same goes for students in ROTC or veterans.
• Price match
Looking at a similar product that was less expensive at another store? If you just so happen to let that slip to sales clerks on commission, most likely they will offer you a bit of a discount to make that sale. They’re preparing for the holidays too and know what it’s like to hunt for that deal.