Top 10 Mobile Apps for Bargain Hunters
The best things in life are always free, but finding deals that are
close to free is good too. I seize every opportunity to make the most
out of bargains and deals and I use my smart phone to help me. In all of
my hours with my phone grafted to my palm, I have been able to pick up a
few tricks that have saved me a lot of money over the years, and I have
found that there is (indeed) an app for that. If you want to maximize
your dollars on the go, these 10 mobile apps will help you do just that,
just like they have helped me.
No. 1: AppShopper
If you have an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, (I do) you know that there
is an app for just about everything under the sun and that
bargain-hunting apps abound. All the same, you have to stay on top of
new bargain hunting apps in order to maximize your money. This is where
AppShopper comes in. This free app helps you find the lowest price on
any other app on the market. And even though some daily deal and bargain
hunting apps cost a few dollars, AppShopper alerts you whenever any of
these apps are being offered free for a limited time.
No. 2: Appsfire
Apps Fire is the perfect alternative to AppShopper for Android users.
However, instead of just keeping track of apps you search for
specifically, you can browse apps other end users suggest, keeping you
at the cutting edge of new technology and always in the know about the
latest and greatest apps out there.
No. 3: Amazon App
This app comes in two flavors: one for the iPhone and another for the Android.
Shop for popular Amazon products online at the touch of a button, and
discover discounted deals on Amazon by taking a photo of any barcode,
which will tell you immediately if Amazon sells it cheaper.
No. 4: Best Decision
Use this app to browse, search, scan, share and buy from local
merchants with the click of a button. This handy iPhone app gives end
users an organic, straightforward approach to bargain hunting. The app
has a “concierge” feature that asks you questions about your shopping
habits and then provides you with a list of recommendations based on
your answers. From there, the app gives you the best prices on all the
gear you want from stores near you.
No. 5: Red Laser
Red Laser is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phone users,
and is incredibly easy to use, regardless of platform. Whenever you find
yourself wondering whether or not you have found the best price on any
item, load Red Laser, take a photo of the barcode and this handy app
gives you a list of various retailers both online and offline with the
No. 6: Groupon
The Groupon app gives you access to discounts from local businesses
ranging from 50 to 90 percent off just about anything you can imagine.
Scan, shop and buy virtual coupons and savings direct to any smartphone.
No. 7: Living Social
Living Social, Groupon’s largest competitor, has not been outdone in
the mobile savings arena by its predecessor. Like Groupon, Living Social
acquires deep discounts from local businesses, giving you the option to
search for deals based on location and save any deals or coupons you
are interested in direct to any smart phone.
No. 8: Card Star
If your wallet is bursting at the seams with discount cards from
merchants like CVS, Petco and Stop and Shop, it might be time to upgrade
to Card Star. Card Star reads the bar codes on all of your loyalty
cards and stores them in your smart phone. After you scan in your code,
simply hand your phone to the cashier to scan and get your discounts.
No. 9: Gas Buddy
With gas prices soaring to new heights, finding cheap gas is a bargain
hunters dream. Gas Buddy uses The GPS in your phone to pinpoint the
cheapest gas nearby, guaranteeing that no price is over 24 hours old.
Whenever you submit prices to Gas Buddy, you earn points towards nifty
No. 10: Shop Kick
The free Shop kick app rewards you with points, just for walking in to
participating stores, all the while helping you find cheapest prices on
whatever your heart desires. Redeem your points for discounts at a
variety of retailers including Old Navy, Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and
Even More Mobile Bargain Hunting Apps on the Way
The great thing about shopping using mobile money saving apps is that
there are new apps added every day, with new products, prices and
programs, all designed to save you money. Stay connected and you can
save even more.
More from this contributor: