As great a time of year as the holidays are, they definitely don’t come without stress. Before you get too far along in your holiday shopping, make sure you’re armed and ready with a few key apps that will help you organize your strategy and save you some time and money.
ShopSavvy – ShopSavvy is another barcode scanning app that will help you find other retailers that offer the same product you’re looking for, both online and in-store. This can be an especially helpful app if you don’t have time to wait for an online order or you’re at the mall and walking a few feet to another store to save $20 is well worth it!
Amazon Price Checker – While you’re shopping in-store, Amazon’s app can help you see if there’s a cheaper option available online. All you have to do is scan the UPC code or search for the product name and you’ll be able to see its online selling price.
Maps – Don’t forget to turn the traffic feature on when using your Maps app so you don’t waste time sitting in traffic as you move from store to store.
Checklist – You can make multiple gift lists for each person that you’re buying for this year by using your Checklist app. As you purchase each item on your list, you can simply tick it off with a checkbox on the left, eliminating the chance that you’ll forget anything and helping you stay organized.
Holiday Gift List – If a simple list for gifts isn’t enough and you want to make sure you keep your budget on track, Holiday Gift List is another option. It allows you to set a budget for each person on your list so you know how much you have left to spend. Keep in mind that this app costs $1.99, unlike the others which are free.
Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for the cash advance company, QuickQuid, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.