Money & Career

Holiday shopping apps that will save you big money

These four handy smartphone tools will help you stay on top of your shopping and within budget.

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According to a recent survey by wireless carrier, Mobilicity, 70 percent of Canadians don’t use smartphone apps to help them with holiday shopping. If you’re part of that majority, take note:  shopping apps can help you save big money. Below are just a few of the many smartphone apps that will help you get the best deals possible.

1. Shop Savvy

This app lets you scan the barcode of items using the camera function on your phone. Just scan the product and let the app do price comparisons for what’s available locally and online. Free, available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

2. No More Socks

Are you making your list and checking it twice? This app helps you to keep on top of the holiday season. You can easily organize who to buy for, your budget and holiday events. As well, you can share gift ideas and get inspiration from other users. This app can be used all year round to keep track of other special events like anniversaries and birthdays, with a record of what presents you’ve given before — a handy tool if you’re memory-challenged! Free, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

3. My Price Canada

Travelling across provinces this holiday? This shopping app helps you to easily and quickly calculate sales taxes and discounts for all provinces and territories. Notable feature: A function that allows you to calculate tips before and after taxes. $2, available for iPhone and iPad.

4. SnipSnap

Forget clipping coupons; take photos of them instead. This app will then digitally convert them and be ready for use next time you go shopping. You’ll never forget your coupons at home again. Plus, the next time you enter a store where you have a coupon saved (or when a coupon is near its expiration date), this useful app will send you an instant reminder. Free, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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