Remotely Possible

3 Great Price Checking Apps

By Bob on June 6, 2013 5:24 AM

Charlotte's the shopper at Boomer Brief HQ. She never leaves the house without her trusty coupons and she can smell a deal before they even put out the sign. She's GREAT at shopping. Me? Not so much.

I like a deal as much as the next guy, but I need help (a well-documented fact). Since Charlotte and I don't always shop together - I'm as out-of-place at Ann Taylor as well, a guy at Ann Taylor - I turn to technology to help me find the best deal.

There are plenty of price-comparison shopping apps out there. Some are good. Some are not so good. Here are 3 free ones that'll help you get the best deal - unless of course, you have a shopping Ninja spouse like Charlotte.

3 Great Price Checking Apps

Red Laser-600.jpg1. RedLaser

RedLaser is pretty much the Gold Standard of price checking apps. The easy-to-use app finds product and price information by scanning the item's UPC and it has a manual input search field that bypasses store-specific barcodes (retailers do this to discourage price-checking apps).

The app uses GPS to include local stores in its price-comparison search (note: local vendors must have their inventory and prices available online to appear in the comparison). For example, it's great for comparing Wal-Mart and Target prices, and since RedLaser is owned by eBay, it also includes Buy It Now prices from online merchants. RedLaser also stores reward cards and loyalty program information so you can toss those parade-float keychain cards.

Cost: Free for iPhone, Android & Windows

Google Shopper-600.png2. Google Shopper
This Google app offers the standard tools of price checking apps: a barcode scanner, product reviews and price-comparison information - with one big difference. It features an ain't-it-cool feature that also accepts voice commands (in addition to written inputs) and can identify books and media with a picture of their packaging.

The Google Shopping app omits certain retailers (Amazon) and doesn't include vendors that don't pay to have their items listed. Even factoring in those minuses - Google Shopper is a great app to have in your comparison corner.

Cost: Free for iPhone & Android
Amazon Price Check-448.jpg3. Amazon Price Check
Not to be outdone by Google, Amazon offers its own app for one-stop shopping. The Amazon Price Check app features a barcode scanner, product reviews and price-comparison information. It'll also search from voice commands, unlike the Amazon Mobile app.

Cost: Free for iPhone & Android


5 Websites Every Guy Should Bookmark

5 Free Apps to Help You Manage Your Busy Life

Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends Little Secrets to Smoothing Lifes Panty Lines
Guest Room

Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

ChickenBurritoBowlEverydayDiabetes 600.jpg

By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

Continue Reading »

Playing Favorites

Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

Continue Reading »

Follow Us

Follow us on Twitter: @BoomerBrief 

and @CharlotteBoomer

Follow Charlotte on Pinterest:  Follow Me on Pinterest

Follow Bob on Pinterest

Know someone battling cancer? Baylor Health Care System's Sammons Says... cancer blog is a great place to go for help. Here, you'll find information, resources, physicians, support groups and just about everything you need to help you navigate your way through this illness.

Now Trending 

We Like These Sites 

Senior Forums is a great place to get the news and share views on everything from hobbies and healthcare, to food, family & travel. 

Matt Drudge gets the goods and his site ain't bad either.

The Huffington Post is the gold standard of political blogs.

You don't have to live in Dallas to enjoy D Magazine.

More →