Apps help you find holiday shopping deals

 The costumes are put away. The jack-o-lanterns are down. That means you’ll soon be buying cornucopias, stuffed turkeys and eventually Christmas trees and ornaments. And we all know how expensive that can get.

That’s why blogger Renee Ross is offering some help that could save you some money at the store.

First, Ross says never go to the store without a plan. That means make a shopping list.

If you’re grocery shopping for that big holiday meal, don’t shop hungry – you’ll just buy a lot of junk food you don’t need. Eat a high-protein snack before hitting the store.

Get organized. If you don’t have time to clip coupons or comparison shop, at least make sure you know which stores carry your favorite brands and styles.

“If you’re online shopping, look for free shipping,” Ross says. “Do a search for some coupon codes so you can save more, and finally, if you’re in-store look for layaway especially with the holiday season. You won’t have to pay interest and you’ll be able to spread out those payments over time.”

Ross says she’s working with Walmart, spreading the word about their Savings Catcher app. It works by scanning your Walmart receipt or typing in your receipt number. Then the app compares prices at other retail stores. If it finds a lower price on something you bought, you get a refund.

Savings Catcher is far from the only shopping app out there. ShopSavvy also uses a barcode scanner, but it isn’t sponsored by any specific retailer. It searches for the right product at the best prices based on the items in your receipt. It also provides a map to the nearest stores for best pricing. It’s available for Android, iOS and Windows users.

LivingSocial is available for iOS and Android users. It provides deals between 50 and 90 percent off in your city, every day. If you refer three friends to get the same deal you do, you get yours for free.

PriceGrabber is a search-based app that allows you to find product information, compare prices and get product ratings and reviews. You can sort results by price, rating or popularity. iOS and Android users can use this app.


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