September means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For kids it’s back to school time. For football fanatics, it means the start of about five months of lost weekends. For me? The fall is my shopping season. It starts to get too rainy or cold to go out and I sit around and I look for deals. Why yes, I am an old maid, thanks for asking. But this old maid will save you some money with these five deal-friendly apps.
This app is no joke when it comes to savings. It aggregates 19 different deal websites into one app, so if there’s a deal or coupon on some product you’re looking for, it’ll likely be in this app. Search by product, or just look at the most recent coupons available, and of course, you can also save your deals for later. Stop clipping coupons and grab inoDeals immediately.
myShopanion brings together the prices on items in “thousands” of retailers, according to the app description. Although they don’t offer an actual number here, try a few quick searches and you will certainly see a lot of different prices for the item you want to purchase. It also includes a barcode scanner so if you’re at a store and want to know if you can save some money elsewhere, you can do so quickly. My favorite feature: a friend’s list so you can see what sort of things your buddies are buying or browsing.
Shopper is similar to other deal-finding apps, but it slants its focus towards groceries. Find out the latest FDA & USDA recalls, get coupons and local fliers for stores all over your area. That way, you can see where your grocery list will get the most bang for its buck. The difference in egg prices may surprise you, but it sure doesn’t have to.
iSlick for Slickdeals ($1.99)
iSlick may look like the other apps on this list, and in a lot of ways it does provide simple variations on the common thread of saving money on your purchase. But its ‘deal alerts’ are an excellent feature that not all of these apps have. Looking for a hot deal on a new TV? Set an alert and wait to be notified without a bit of hassle. That sure sounds a lot better than checking deal pages every day and keeping your fingers crossed.
GoRebate Mobile (Free)
You know how sometimes you buy something in the store that has a mail-in rebate that you think is a great deal but then you forget about completely? Enough of that. GoRebate Mobile is an easy way to keep track of product rebates happening right now. Bought a printer from Staples? Check and see if there’s a rebate. It’s easy, and the interface is simple to use. You can even set reminders to check on rebates you’ve sent in addition to saving a list of rebates in which you want to partake.