Shopping online is a convenient and secure way to save money, but it’s surprising to see how many people stick to one website or retailer when making a purchase. There are so many different options out there, and you probably already get emails, texts, and social media alerts with coupons and other deals. How do you keep track of it all?
Fortunately, there are also plenty of money-saving apps that can help you shop and save in new ways. These apps generally fall into one or more of these categories: coupons, comparisons, price alerts, and social shopping.
Here are 10 great apps that you should download and start using today to help you save:
NewEgg offers a personalized online shopping experience. Read product reviews, receive exclusive deals and price alerts, and research offerings before making electronics purchases.
Discover deals and popular items before you shop, then earn rewards and discounts when shopping, with location-based alerts.
RedLaser includes a shopping assistant to help you find the best deals and online coupons for the items you’re shopping for. Scan an item’s bar code, or open the app inside a store and get related offers and in-store maps.
RetailMeNot is a coupon app that supports over 50,000 stores and restaurants. The app can help you find the best deals for you. Describe what you’re looking for, and RetailMeNot does all the work.
LivingSocial focuses on experiences, offering deals on hotels, spas, resorts, restaurants, and tickets to sporting events, concerts, and more—but it’s also a great way to find discounts on great gifts (including the kind you buy yourself).
With Purchx, you can scan codes to compare prices and get ratings for products and retailers. It’s like Yelp! for shopping.
Shop online for the best flights, hotels, car rentals, and more with exclusive deals through CheapOair.
When it comes to money-saving apps, ShopAdvisor really hit on something pretty special. It simply (but brilliantly) lets you know when the items you want are available at the prices you set.
SnipSnap is a coupon app with a twist. Just snap a picture of a printed offer, and SnipSnap will find you the best online offer for that item—which is then ready for purchase through SnipSnap.
Take a picture of any item, and CamFind will help you find it at the best price online. Think about it: You see something you love—at a spa, a hotel lobby, your friend’s house. You have to know where they got it, and now you can find it quickly and easily.