December 2015: If you love the hustle and bustle of crowded parking lots, long checkout lines and wondering if you got the best price, sorry, these shopping apps are not for you, sorry. They’re for the rest of us!
Apps just keep getting better, and here are seven examples of easy-to-use, sit-on-the-couch solutions that can save you money, gas, stress and last-minute panic, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy yourself. All are available for iOS and Android:
Get promo codes:
With RetailMeNot, you browse the hundreds of online coupons and copy the promo code to insert during an online retailer’s checkout process — super simple. Print coupons are also available. It’s been around for a while but now it’s more robust and easier to use.
Find the best sales:
ShopSavvy and Dealnews list hundreds of sale items at dozens of online retailers. Just find what you want and click to navigate to the website from within the app. Since you’re in the app, the savings are right there — no searching. You can also save what you find and buy it later.
“Clip” coupons and find the best price:
Use SnipSnap to snap a picture of a printed coupon from a store or restaurant and it turns into an online coupon so you don’t have to deal with the paper, i.e., leave it at home. Or use the new Scout feature to take a picture of an item when you’re in a store and the app shows you what it costs at other retailers.
Make loyalty pay off:
Shop your favorite stores through iBotta and unlock rebates for cashback online offers. It also lets you grab up the cash you may have left on the table — you can submit your receipts and get reimbursed for rebates directly from the app.
Skip the checkout line:
If you prefer to see store items in person, you can scan them with Pounce. The app will save the information until you’re ready to buy (or not) so you can keep browsing. Then once you’re back home on the couch, choose your “yes” items and click to purchase them from the retailer’s online store.
Procrastinate like a pro:
Amazon Prime members can wait until literally the last minute because Amazon Prime Now delivers within two hours for free or within one hour for $7.99. Delivery areas include: Atlanta, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland.
Make a list and check it as many times as you want:
Keep track of your gift ideas, to-dos and even all of your different shopping apps with the super-intuitive Wunderlist. You can also create a personal wishlist and share it with your family and friends — this way they’ll save time and money by getting you what you really want.
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