Is it ever too early to start saving on holiday purchases? If you have to buy gifts for everyone on the planet, you may as well save some money in the process, right? This is where your good friend technology comes to the rescue.
By using the following apps and resources, you can save money on almost any gift just by using your smartphone.
Top Holiday Tech Apps
1. RetailMeNot: I love, love, love this app. Why? RetailMeNot provides tons of coupons for almost any item that you want to buy online. Using this app, you can also find almost any sale item near you, browse through sales, and see what other people are getting deals on. Before you click that "purchase" button, make sure that you have a RetailMeNot coupon to go with it - there's no excuse not to!
2. Old Navy SnapAppy: Old Navy wants to know what company ads are getting your attention. So, the company has created SnapAppy, an app that rewards you for taking photos of Old Navy logos. See an Old Navy logo? Snap a photo of it to get discounts and free items. How's that for simple? Plus, you can really save a lot when combining an Old Navy coupon with anything you purchase inside of the (already inexpensive) store!
3. CamelCamelCamel: technically, this isn't a smartphone app, but it is one website that's getting a ton of attention lately. If you're the type of person that likes to sit back and wait for things to go on sale, this is the site for you.
CamelCamelCamel scours sites like Amazon for price drops. When the price you're looking for happens, this site will send you an email alert. Since sites like Amazon drop prices regularly, you'll be getting a price drop alert sooner rather than later!
4. Jingit: would you rather buy items in-store? Jingit can help you out when it comes to shopping inside of stores. This app lets you check in when you enter a store, and you'll get a bunch of coupons in return for your check-in information. Sure, this means that you're being tracked while you shop, but you will save a few bucks in return.
Some Additional Shopping Tips
I also suggest taking a look at your favorite stores to see if a company offers some kind of app. Even if you only get a dollar or two off on an item, it's still some money that you can save. Plus, most stores now have some kind of incentive program, so make sure to cash in on those deals.
Holiday shopping doesn't have to mean emptying your bank account. When it comes to buying gifts, you can get what you want (and what your loved ones want) and save some cash too. Doesn't that sound nice? Got some holiday shopping tips? Ways to save money? Spread the joy and let us know!