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5 Mobile Apps That Make Holiday Shopping Easier

By Bob on December 5, 2012 5:26 AM

Charlotte is the Coupon Goddess at Boomer Brief HQ. She doesn't leave the driveway without her iPhone and a purse overflowing with coupons, deals and price adjustments. I can't match her price-matching skills, but I've found someone who can take even Charlotte's shopping skills to a whole 'nother level: Andrea Woroch.

Andrea's a consumer spending expert who's done the research and found shopping Apps that'll help you keep more money in your pocket this shopping season. Here are our 5 favorites from her list.

1. Coupon Sherpa App - Apple and Android
Coupon Sherpa was the first-ever mobile coupon app, and features hundreds of digital coupons for popular stores like Kohls and Macy's. As a previous iTunes Staff Favorite and a regular on top-shopping-apps lists, Coupon Sherpa makes it easy to score in-store savings at retailers and restaurants, especially during the holiday season. Simply hand your phone to the cashier and they'll scan the coupon. No clipping required.

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2. Decide App - Apple (iPhone and iPad)
We've all been there: You carefully plan your purchase to get the best deal, and a few months later you find your coveted item for much less than you paid. Luckily, Decide.com created an app for iPhones and iPads to help you determine the best time to buy everything from cameras to table saws.


3. RedLaser App - Apple and Android
As retailers amp up their price-matching programs this holiday season, the RedLaser barcode scanning app will be especially handy. Target and Best Buy, for example, will price-match online retailers including Amazon, making it easier than ever to score the price you want.


4. DealBoard App - Apple
Are you struggling with daily deal fatigue? Look no further than the DealBoard app to reduce your inbox clutter. This handy app aggregates daily deal offers into a single email based on your preferences, eliminating the need for individual subscriptions. Own an Android device? Try the similar Deal Drop app.

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5. Car Locator App - Android
With crowded malls come crazy parking lots and when you're in a hurry, it's easy to forget where you parked. If you've ever found yourself wandering endlessly in search of your vehicle, consider downloading the Car Locator app for Android or Honk for Apple. These apps not only lead you to your car, they also feature a special timer that alerts you when the parking meter is about to expire so you avoid tickets.


The Boomer Brief thanks Andrea Woroch for these great holiday shopping apps. Andrea is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. She's been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC's Today, MSNBC, New York Times, CNNMoney and many more.


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