Apps To Help Find The Best Deals When Shopping

Labor Day means sales, just like any other holiday these days, so rather than spending our time off at home relaxing or hanging out with family, we go shopping instead. There’s nothing wrong with finding a deal on something we may have been considering purchasing in the first place, and sometimes a sale helps make that splurge item worth it, so we’ll help you find the best deal with these apps, according to Nasdaq.com.

-First up is a handy app that lets you take a picture of a barcode, which will then scan the internet and various retailers, returning a list of places that sell that item. Not only that, but it ill tell you what price the respective store is selling that item for. It’s called ShopSavvy, and it’s a free app. Pretty cool!

-Another similar app is called BuyVia. It’s basically the same thing with a different design.

What about coupons?

-There are apps that hold coupons for you, and they’ll update with the most current deals and coupons, ready to scan at the register. The apps include “The Coupons App,” “RetailMeNot,” and “Coupons.com.” Those three are free. And so was that rhyme.

-You can also download the store-specific app, as they usually will have their own deals listed, or let you “collect” the items you place in your shopping cart, and automatically spit out a single coupon code with all the discounts applied. That’s quite handy.

What about cash back?

-Ebates and BeFrugal are two websites that offer cash back on purchases. It requires an account, and you sign up using their website. From there, when you shop at a retailer’s website through their website, a portion of the total may qualify for some cash back. Details will be specific to each purchase and website, but click around and I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it.

Rebates?

-An app called “Earny” will let you get refunds from retailers. This one is more automated, but the gist is that it will, once you sign in after registering, it will automatically detect receipts in your inbox and automatically check that item for a price drop. If it detects one, they say it will “claim the difference on your behalf,” and let you know you’re getting a refund on a price change. It’s a free app, but they’ll take 25% of whatever refund it finds for you.

-Wal-Mart’s own app has a savings feature, and it lets you take a picture of your Wal-Mart receipt. The app will then do an automatic price comparison for stores in your local area, and if it discovers that another retailer in the area has a lower price, you’ll get that price difference as an e-gift card. That’s pretty cool too.

Do you know of any apps that can be added to the list? Isn’t saving money fun?

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