Apps for smart shopping save users lots of money and time

Shopping smarter is the best way to have more fun with the money you save!

If you are a smart shopper, chances are you are always looking for the best deals and thanks to Money Magazine, I have six apps you absolutely have to have.

Flipp, Amazon, RetailMeNot [iOS, Android], Shopsavvy, Paribus, and the Walmart [iOS, Android] app each offer savings in their own unique way. I’ll give you a few details about some of them.

Flipp [iOS, Android] basically saves you from having to get the Sunday paper, and let’s be honest, a lot of what we want is the ads, sales, coupons, and special offers. Flipp covers weekly ads from some 800 retailers including supermarkets, dollar stores, pharmacies, and big retailers like Target and Walmart.

Shopsavvy [iOS, Android] allows you to inspect merchandise in the store and scan bar codes to compare prices from a handful of online competitors and local stores. Shopsavvy offers special cash-back deals from major retailers, and you can even set up notifications to alert you when a desired product goes on sale.

A lot of stores offer refunds if the price of an item drops soon after you purchase it but who wants to keep checking after they have already bought something? That’s where the Paribus [iOS, web] app comes in. It tracks items you have purchased online but automatically requests refunds if the price lowers. Customers don’t pay for the service, but Paribus takes a 25% cut of the refunds it retrieves.

If you’re a Walmart shopper then their app is a must have money saver! You simply scan store receipts, and the savings catcher feature checks whether competitors offer lower prices. If they do, you’ll get the difference refunded to you in the form of Walmart credit. The invaluable app also lets you skip store lines for picking up prescriptions.

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.
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