Use your phone to make sure you get the best price.

Your Smartphone can be “a very convenient tool” t0 help you save enough money in other areas to pay your monthly cell bill that provides you with the convenience of “one stop-shopping” to get the best prices.

  • Compare prices on products at local stores with Apps  to save time and gas money driving from store to store to compare.     Wal-Mart  Target, Best Buy and J C Penney match  rivals’ prices  so locate competitors’ prices while in the store, by opening one of the apps, and using  your Smartphone’s camera,  to “scan” in the barcode of the item. The app will  send you back the product description and information and prices from all the competing stores, as well as locations of the competing stores.
  • track down coupons  Instead of clipping coupons, use your iphone!
  • get discounts at your  favorite stores.
  • store your loyalty and gift cards
  • Load your iphone with reward cards
  • make wish lists
  •  scan  bar codes.
  • earn rewards  with CheckPoints app   when they take pictures of the bar codes of items the app chooses to feature. Points are redeemable for gift certificates from retailers such as Sephora and Neiman Marcus, plus gadgets, airline miles and charity donations. (Shopkick, another app, will enter you  in sweepstakes just for “checking in” — alerting the app that they’ve walked into a particular store.  Even Facebook has gotten involved in mobile check-ins with its Facebook Places service. Shoppers could get deals for checking in once, returning to a store or bringing friends to a store. Gap, Macy‘s and American Eagle Outfitters are among those offering discounts this way.)

 

 

    • RedLaser (iPhone and Android)-a free scanning application  that using your phone’s location, can find local retailers nearby that have your item in stock and for the lowest price.
    • TheFind  (this also powers Redlaser)
    •  Google Shopper app (Android)
    •  Google (iPhone)
    •  ShopSavvy Find new ways to get the things you’ve scanned for even cheaper, learn about coupon codes, rebates, weekend sales and more.
    • Amazon Mobile-You Can Now Scan Barcodes Using An iPod Touch Too
    • Slifter
    • itunes.apple.com

Not everything works, but it is amazing on even little things like Lipton tea how prices vary.

 

To help you find the best prices from online retailers  you’ll find apps for the iphone from the major price comparison sites.  Shopping.com, PriceGrabber and NexTag 

Features differ from app to app and some will have more than others but finding the lowest price is what counts.   PriceGrabber and NexTag   let you search by scanning a barcode. Just snap a picture with your phone’s camera to search for an item. You may also be able to purchase directly from the app .

Some shoppers might be wary of closing transactions on their smartphone, though, and may opt to browse for deals on their phones but pay from their computers.

It is  recommend that you consult all three apps, particularly for larger purchases as  the apps may search different stores for prices. You don’t want to find that there was a cheaper price that you missed out on!

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http://www.frucall.com a free comparison-shopping engine for your cell phone! There are three ways to find a deal:

  • Call the toll-free number and enter the barcode of the product
  • text the barcode to FRU11
  • point your phone to http://frucall.com/m to search for that product.

Once you’ve entered your information, Frucall will search shopping sites and return the best prices.

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Pic2shop – Shop By Barcode

Shopkick and CheckPoints give you rewards just for shopping. Fire up the app and check in at a participating location. You’ll get points that are redeemable for rewards — such as gift cards, electronics and airline miles immediately and redeem the rewards directly from the apps. You can also earn points by scanning featured products with your phone’s camera.

You’ll want to use both of these apps. That’s because they both have partnered with different stores and brands.  (Shopkick is partnered with Target, Best Buy and Macy‘s. CheckPoints works in more than one million locations, including Kmart.)

Search for apps from your favorite retailer.   Walmart, Macy’s, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us all have apps. which provide plenty of help when you’re shopping as some include sale items and weekly deals. It’s an easy way to see what’s on sale.  On any given day, a store could be running a special. Online retailers can change them on the fly

Most apps will let you search through products the stores carry. They also provide driving directions and store information.

Identity thieves are now beginning to turn their sights to smartphones.

Much like PriceGrabber’s website, which attracts about 26 million shoppers each month.  the mobile app for iphone or Android allows, shoppers to:

  • scan an item at a store and see information on the best price on the product across multiple retailers.
  • haggle for a better deal while they’re in the store, or buy it for less through a competitor PriceGrabber has provided info on
  • know exactly how much the purchase will be when shipped directly to a consumer’s home, showing which option is the least expensive down to the last cent

Some mobile apps deliver deals based on a customer’s preferences and where they are, thanks to location-finding technology that tracks where a customer shops and what items they check out. Mobile app developer Yowza claims it has saved users more than $5.4 million.

The app hunts down coupons from nearby retailers and sends vouchers straight to shoppers’ phones, which cashiers can scan at checkout. Lane Bryant, which has offered “buy one, get one free” deals through the app, is among the more than 300 brands Yowza has enlisted.

Mobile devices can also combine tasks that consumers have typically done only in stores or only from their computers. “Stores are really starting to understand that the lines between online and brick-and-mortar stores are blurring right now,” Conrad says, pointing to retailers such as Walmart that have added Wi-Fi service so customers can go online while shopping in a store.

Mobile smartphones also deliver online information to shoppers at traditional malls. Many big malls and department stores are hopping on board:

Simon Property Group offers an iPhone app that can automatically notify a shopper’s social network when she has checked into a particular store at the mall. The Simon app also delivers specialized deal alerts and can help shoppers remember where they parked.

General Growth Properties gives consumers access to promotions and discounts at its 150-plus malls nationwide through its Club Shopping Mall Guide app. GPS-based store directories help shoppers navigate the malls. Shoppers also can play mobile games for prizes. For instance, the app might display a picture of a snow globe, prompting consumers to shake their phones for the chance to win a $100 mall gift card or to enter a sweepstakes for a $500 gift card, depending on what the virtual snow globe reveals.

J.C. Penney has built a mobile-compatible website and an app for the iPhone and Android phones. Both provide a peek at weekly sales circulars and help in finding the nearest store. It also lets shoppers create mobile wish lists, take advantage of coupons and access their store rewards account.

Target‘s mobile website and apps store prices to help customers compare deals. The chain also offers coupons that can be scanned and redeemed from the smartphone. It can detect when a consumer comes in a store and offer specialized incentives right on the spot.

Consumers could also better prepare themselves for big holiday shopping trips by using apps that make store loyalty cards virtual, as Shu did.

Mobile app Swagg’s aim is for users to “have everything, carry nothing” — in their wallets. The mobile tool

  • stores up to 300 loyalty and gift cards on a smartphone.
  •   delivers deals straight to the mobile screen, much like Yowza. There are more than $55,000 in discounts from more than 3,000 brands available through the app. Users can choose which types of offers they’d like to see.
  • Shoppers could even cut shipping costs on gifts and send last-minute presents through mobile-gifting services. Swagg has at least half a dozen retailers on board for its gift card swap service, where people can send a gift card right to a loved one’s smartphone. The app is working on getting more retailers to participate in this service. Options now might be a bit limited.

Mobile apps may also help shoppers better filter discounts and inventory on big e-commerce sites. The eBay Deals app for iPhone brings users daily deals and enables customized searches for bargains.

The Overstock.com mobile app has all the same shopping and search capabilities as the website and could also help shoppers ring in extra savings through its Lott-O function, which offers exclusive chances to win extra savings.

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APP FOR ONLINE SHOPPING  Shopping on line lacks the visual nature of store shopping. Browsing through products online can be tedious.

Plus, you’re usually confined to one site. And searching for items of a specific color isn’t an option. So there is room for improvement.

www.glancely.com hopes to be that improvement. It is a visual search engine for shopping sites. The predominant product source is the craft site Etsy. However, it pulls from other sources as well.

Just start typing in what you’re looking for. A long list of images will be instantly available. You can then sort by price and even color. The color matching works very well.
Must read: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/technology/personaltech/25smart.html 

Pros-

  • Stores are motivated to match competitors’ prices or services.
  • Sales clerks may sweeten deals with perks or extended warranties
  • Foursquare.com,   or AT&T ShopAlerts tailor pop-up specials– even on games–if you check in, Palmer says.

Cons-

  • Stores may divert your search to their apps.
  • Some brands give big chains individualized bar codes, so you must compare features.
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5 Responses to Use your phone to make sure you get the best price.

  1. Kaitleyn says:

    Save as much money as possible using price comparison websites – or you can simply download this barcode scanning app and get local results!

    Scan a product’s barcode with your phone’s camera using http://www.pic2shop.com/. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionsmarts.pic2shop
    You will receive product information such as price listed by retailers such as Amazon, Target, Walmart and Best Buy, just to name a few. What’s more, if you find the product you want online, but don’t want to pay shipping fees, this app will tell you where you can find it locally.

    Share the deals with your friends: Each barcode you scan will be added to a webpage that you can email, or share on Facebook and Twitter

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    Amazon Price Check: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/price-check-by-amazon/id398434750
    Milo: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/milo-local-shopping/id442019006
    Shopping.co m
    CouponCabin will show you coupons from nearly 3,000 retailers. Many of the coupons are online-only. However, it also offers printable coupons for local vendors and CouponCabin even has coupons
    specifically for buying groceries.
    RetailMeNot

  2. D. Anna says:

    if you don’t have an iphone:
    http://www.hukkster.com/ tracks your favorite most wanted products online and lets you know when they go on sale.

    http://www.pricespider.com/ Compare prices and find the best price for an lcd tv, digital camera, and other consumer electronics.

    http://www.shopzilla.com called the Google of shopping sites, with its uncluttered homepage. Simply search for what you’re shopping for or click on a category or brand. The results page can be sorted by most popular items, price, or product rating. To narrow your search even further, the left-hand-side navigation lets you select a specific brand, store, and other options. A search for “Nikon D90” returned more than 25 stores with the camera in stock. Subscribe to any of the site’s many RSS feeds to keep up with the latest deals.

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    http://www.dealighted.com crawls over 25 deal sites and forums— such as GottaDeal and FatWallet—to bring you the bargains. Once you search for an item, say the “Nintendo Wii,” you’ll see a list of prices, product details, store reviews, and related deals. Enter your ZIP code to get tax and shipping estimates. In addition, the site analyzes deal forum threads and identifies the ones that people really like.

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    http://www.google.com/products When all you need is to search for a product quickly, turn to Google Product Search. Simply search for what you’re looking for, and you’ll be presented with a list of available sellers, sorted by relevance, price, or rating. There’s even an option to display Google Checkout items only. Even more, you can see what others are searching for when you don’t have a clue what to get, like the “Nikon Coolpix” and “clear computer case.”

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    http://www.pricegrabber.com shop by category (there are 25 in all, including computers, electronics, and video games), search by keyword, or view the most popular products. The company also recently launched “Product of the Day,” one discounted product per day, starting at noon Pacific time; and FreeShipping.PriceGrabber.com, an online tool that provides you with free shipping offers on almost 6 million products from more than 1,000 retailers.

    Pricegrabber seems to be the best and gives $5 rebates! http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/family-money/which-comparison-shopping-site-is-best/
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    http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/shopping-websites
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    http://www.mysimon.com one of the most popular comparison-shopping sites on the Web is super-organized offering side-by-side price comparisons, product reviews, store ratings, and a holiday gift guide if you’re stumped on what to give.
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    ELECTRONICS

      http://www.techbargains.com a shopping comparison service that searches over five billion shopping-related Web pages crawling through buying guides, expert reviews, articles, product specs, forums, merchants, and other useful information available on the Web. Search for “Garmin nuvi 660” and click on “Research,” and you’ll be presented with all of the product reviews, buying guides, discussion forums, and product details that reference that GPS model. Click on “Shop” to see price comparisons and have the ability to search even further by product type, features, brand, store, and category.
      http://www.become.com Only tech bargains on this site. The staff researches all online deals and posts them to the site, even weeding out the not-so-trustworthy vendors from the legitimate ones. Other handy features are the Memory Prices table, which aggregates memory card sales; Top Deals, for finding a Wii, iPhone, PS3, DS Lite, Xbox 360, and iPod; and Merchant Coupons for companies like Costco and Sears.
      http://www.bitsdujour.com caters to the software crowd with its daily discounts on Windows software applications and Web services. Every 24 hours the site lists one software-related item at a substantial discount. After those 24 hours are up, though, the offer will expire. Keep in mind that all product offerings come directly from the manufacturers, which means if you’re buying Quicken, you’re buying it from Intuit. Don’t want to miss a deal? Then sign up for the daily e-mail newsletter to be alerted of new deals. As of this writing, we can get the RollBack RX Professional utility for $28 (reg. $69) and the LifeCALC financial tool for $18 (reg. $39).
      http://www.woot.com sells just one product per day until it is sold out or until 11:59 pm Central, when it is replaced with another. Previous one-day deals have been the Pentax Optio V20 camera, the Philips 1000-watt 5.1 Home Theater DVD System, and the Homer Simpson 4-Port USB Hub. For fashionistas and wine lovers, be sure to check out shirt.woot and wine.woot.
  3. Dale says:

    The 10 Best Deal-Tracking Sites

    http://www.frucall.com a free comparison-shopping engine for your cell phone! There are three ways to find a deal: Call the toll-free number and enter the barcode of the product, text the barcode to FRU11, or point your phone to http://frucall.com/m to search for that product. Once you’ve entered your information, Frucall will search shopping sites and spit back the best prices.
    http://www.mysimon.com one of the most popular comparison-shopping sites on the Web. This super-organized destination offers side-by-side price comparisons, product reviews, store ratings, and a holiday gift guide if you’re stumped on what to give.
    http://www.shopzilla.com called the Google of shopping sites, with its uncluttered homepage. Simply search for what you’re shopping for or click on a category or brand. The results page can be sorted by most popular items, price, or product rating. To narrow your search even further, the left-hand-side navigation lets you select a specific brand, store, and other options. A search for “Nikon D90” returned more than 25 stores with the camera in stock. Subscribe to any of the site’s many RSS feeds to keep up with the latest deals.
    http://www.dealighted.com crawls over 25 deal sites and forums—like GottaDeal and FatWallet—to bring you the bargains. Once you search for an item, say the “Nintendo Wii,” you’ll see a list of prices, product details, store reviews, and related deals. Enter your ZIP code to get tax and shipping estimates. In addition, the site analyzes deal forum threads and identifies the ones that people really like.
    http://www.techbargains.com a shopping comparison service that searches over five billion shopping-related Web pages crawling through buying guides, expert reviews, articles, product specs, forums, merchants, and other useful information available on the Web. Search for “Garmin nuvi 660” and click on “Research,” and you’ll be presented with all of the product reviews, buying guides, discussion forums, and product details that reference that GPS model. Click on “Shop” to see price comparisons and have the ability to search even further by product type, features, brand, store, and category.
    http://www.become.com Only tech bargains on this site. The staff researches all online deals and posts them to the site, even weeding out the not-so-trustworthy vendors from the legitimate ones. Other handy features are the Memory Prices table, which aggregates memory card sales; Top Deals, for finding a Wii, iPhone, PS3, DS Lite, Xbox 360, and iPod; and Merchant Coupons for companies like Costco and Sears.
    http://www.pricegrabber.com shop by category (there are 25 in all, including computers, electronics, and video games), search by keyword, or view the most popular products. The company also recently launched “Product of the Day,” one discounted product per day, starting at noon Pacific time; and FreeShipping.PriceGrabber.com, an online tool that provides you with free shipping offers on almost 6 million products from more than 1,000 retailers.
    http://www.bitsdujour.com caters to the software crowd with its daily discounts on Windows software applications and Web services. Every 24 hours the site lists one software-related item at a substantial discount. After those 24 hours are up, though, the offer will expire. Keep in mind that all product offerings come directly from the manufacturers, which means if you’re buying Quicken, you’re buying it from Intuit. Don’t want to miss a deal? Then sign up for the daily e-mail newsletter to be alerted of new deals. As of this writing, we can get the RollBack RX Professional utility for $28 (reg. $69) and the LifeCALC financial tool for $18 (reg. $39).
    http://www.woot.com sells just one product per day until it is sold out or until 11:59 pm Central, when it is replaced with another. Previous one-day deals have been the Pentax Optio V20 camera, the Philips 1000-watt 5.1 Home Theater DVD System, and the Homer Simpson 4-Port USB Hub. For fashionistas and wine lovers, be sure to check out shirt.woot and wine.woot.
    http://www.google.com/products When all you need is to search for a product quickly, turn to Google Product Search. Simply search for what you’re looking for, and you’ll be presented with a list of available sellers, sorted by relevance, price, or rating. There’s even an option to display Google Checkout items only. Even more, you can see what others are searching for when you don’t have a clue what to get, like the “Nikon Coolpix” and “clear computer case.”

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