Getting in and out of the mall with your sanity intact can be a challenge in and of itself, nevermind trying to save money in the process. Life can be made just a little easier with the help of a few apps on your iPhone or iPad, however. We've found some of the very best apps for finding deals, amassing coupons, and checking prices.
eBay is the grand-daddy of selling stuff online. You’ll find individuals and full-blown stores selling obscure and mainstream items, a securely integrated payment platform (PayPal), and a proven karma system to provide both buyers and sellers with confidence. The mobile app is fully-featured, including filters in search results for price, buying format, model, and brand.Selling from your phone is pretty easy too, with barcode scanning to identify your product, and integration with the native gallery to upload pictures.
If you’re having trouble finding that specific something in stores, eBay is certainly worth a gander.
ShopSavvy is the perfect app for figuring out whether or not a sale is actually a good deal. With a quick scan of the barcode using your device’s camera, you can find out if there are better prices for the same thing online or at other stores in your neighborhood. Even if you can’t be bothered to make the purchase through any alternatives, ShopSavvy can be a helpful tool when getting stores to price match. You can also see any historical pricing data they may have on file, so you can get a sense of how much more (or less) you might pay later. There are also a ton of social elements built in, including optional Facebook integration, and a commenting system where you can leave tips on goods for other ShopSavvy users, add new friends, and share wishlists.
Overall, ShopSavvy on iOS adds a lot of polished utility and social networking to your shopping experience.
Amazon is the biggest of the big online retailers. With their mobile app, you can browse their exhaustively massive catalog of stuff, including apps. It has all of the same filters and sorting options as the eBay app, like price range, brand, and category. You can add items to your wishlist, share them out to your various channels, and check out high-quality imagery.
Toss in an Amazon Prime subscription, and you can get just about anything in the world delivered to your doorstep with lightning speed, and you don’t have to be at your PC to do it.
RetailMeNot is one of the top couponing websites out there, and with their iOS app, you’ll be able to stay on top of all of your local deals. You can set notifications to pop up based on nearby malls, which is particularly important for those time-sensitive coupons, and mark certain stores as favorites for quick reference later. Claiming coupons is easy enough with the embedded browser.
If you want to get a deal on something and you’re pretty sure there isn’t going to be any massive sale any time soon, RetailMeNot can help you out.
Groupon continues to offer really excellent local deals. Coupons offered through the service are either limited in quantity or timeframe, but the iOS app helps you take advantage of them as soon as they’re ready. Groupon deals can be gifted to friends and family with ease, check out the Groupons you’ve already cashed in on, and browse what’s new in each category.
Groupon is especially good at finding sales on courses and restaurants on your neighborhood - be sure to keep an eye out!
Those are just some of the top-notch apps on iOS to find the best deals year-round. How do you use your phone to save?