More than half of all Americans carry a smartphone these days, and of that ever-growing group, 70 percent use their device
to make savvier buying decisions. ALL YOU editors hunted down the apps that deliver on their promises to save you more on
groceries, dining out, filling a prescription -- even grabbing a well-priced glass of wine with a girlfriend. Start using
them all and you could save as much as $500 in a day -- or even make some money!
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Pick any offer (such as a chance to earn 75 cents on a jug of juice) and complete product-related tasks: Respond to a poll,
watch a video, answer a trivia question. After buying the item at one of more than 40 chains, submit your proof of purchase
and the money is deposited immediately into your Ibotta account.
Every day starting at noon, the app posts discounts of up to 70 percent on hotels in 54 U.S. locations, as well as Canada,
Mexico and Europe. Name your destination and select from basic (think Quality Inn) to luxe (New York's Hotel Plaza Athenee).
HotelTonight delivers a list of reduced-rate available rooms, including photos and included amentities.
Enter any of 7,000 stores (including Mobil stations and Target) with this app open on your phone and you'll automatically
be awarded "kicks," which may be redeemed for free stuff. Many retailers dole out 100 kicks just for walking in. Get rewards
such as Starbucks coffee and movie passes.
Find coupon codes for tens of thousands of retailers while on the go; cashiers scan them straight from your phone. Many malls
support the app's location-based service. Use it and your phone will alert you when you get near a store that has a sale or
a coupon available.
Scan a product bar code and Decide analyzes its price history and volatility, as well as its availability. It also advises
you whether to buy now or wait up to two weeks for a price drop. If you wait, you'll get an alert if the price comes down.
Paying members ($5 per month; $3 a month for a yearlong membership) get a guarantee: If the advice proves wrong, Decide will
refund you the difference.
Is buying bulk always better? Input the price and unit measure (pounds, say) for an item and the app will calculate the actual
cost per unit.
We may be biased, but the Grocery Circular Roundup tool on AllYou.com is one of our favorite ways to scan weekly circulars. And now it's available on mobile devices!
How it works: Type in your zip code and browse local grocery store circulars to build a personalized shopping list that you can access anywhere. While you shop, compare prices to find the best deals at local stores.
There are plenty of price-comparison apps out there, but ShopSavvy might be the easiest to use. It’s fast, user-friendly and
provides straightforward comparison pricing both for online and local stores.
The LearnVest app makes it easy to monitor your bank accounts, monthly budgets and long-term goals (with a handy tool that
automatically organizes expenses into different categories). Tracking your finances on the go will help you make smarter,
more informed purchases -- and make you less likely to spend impulsively.
InvisibleHand is a web browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome and Safari. If you love to shop online, this a must-download: True
to its name, the add-on remains “invisible” on your browser until you visit a shopping site, and then it automatically searches
for better deals on the items you’re looking at. The best part? InvisibleHand syncs with Google search, so when you type
in a product, sites with the lowest prices appear first.
This app helps you find coupons while shopping and gives you real-time updates on new coupons that refresh throughout the
day. Search for coupons on specific products and bookmark the ones you don’t need right away. The “display coupon” feature lets you redeem the coupon
right from your phone while in the store.
SnapTell is a price-comparison service that also lets you photograph an item or scan a barcode to purchase directly through
the app or save the product to look at later. When searching for an item, you’re instantly provided with a list of ratings
and reviews, so you can decide if a product is worth your money before you buy.
The Find’s Shopping app lets you easily take advantage of price matching by making sense of the difficult-to-understand price
matching policies at big retailers like Target and Best Buy. Find out which stores offer price matching, which have blackout
dates and what the fine print means. Plus, identify coupon codes and shipping deals from those stores.
BuyVia is a price-comparison app for big-ticket tech purchases such as tablets, laptops, smartphones and cameras. Compare
prices of the product you’re considering buying, and if you’re not ready to purchase it just yet, the app will send you a
notification when the item goes on sale.