Eight smart phone apps that make holiday shopping easy
This one maximizes your in-store shopping time. Using whatever location and product information you provide, it'll show you the best deals nearby. To see each discount though, you have to "scratch" the screen with your finger to reveal the savings beneath.
Consider this the 21st century version of your mama's coupon binder. It finds, sorts and stores deals relevant to you—no scissors necessary.
The Christmas List
After creating your main list—which can be divided into helpful sub-groups like "co-workers" or "family"—this program keeps track of how much money you've spent on each person, the status of each purchase and what's left to buy. The whole thing is also password protected, lest an impatient giftee sneaks a peek at your phone.
Price: 99 cents
You shouldn't buy anything without using this app to comparison shop first. It's easy to do: simply scan any item's barcode and it'll show you the best price for the same thing online or in at a nearby location.
Store hop seamlessly by checking your city's traffic, weather and sale event information all in one place. You can also see which nearby shops are trending online and scope the local food situation.
Instead of relying on an over-stuffed billfold to hold your receipts, record them on Lemon Wallet instead. The program not only logs every penny you spend, but divides the purchases into categories to help with budgeting.
All your reward memberships stored in one place eliminates awkward keychain fumbling at the cashwrap. Now if only everyone BEFORE you in line could download this….
Use this to browse and buy gifts you've been planning to get regardless and you'll rack up "kicks." Those go toward all kinds of cool freebies, like iTunes downloads and giftcards to Starbucks. It's a great way to get stuff for yourself without breaking your no-personal-purchases in December rule.