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Five apps that help you shop smarter

Having a hard time deciding what printer to buy? Holding off on that cat condo until you find a great deal? When you’re in the market for a big-ticket item or just putting together the weekly grocery list, don’t forget to use a shopping app to scour the web for the best deals. Some of the best shopping apps make it easy to compare prices and take advantage of online sales and specials you might miss in-store.

Here are five apps that can help you shop smarter:

creportslogo Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper

When you’re getting ready to buy new home furnishings, electronics, and other investment items, you might already turn to Consumer Reports and other reviews sites to learn about the best brands and products. The Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper app takes things one step further with a comprehensive buying guide and unbiased reviews. It could be just what you need to choose the right car seat for a fussy toddler or cordless drill for the growing tool collection.

Grocery-IQ-logo  Grocery iQ

Not a fan of clipping coupons? Put the scissors down and download the Grocery iQ app for Android or iPhone to use digital coupons and put together your grocery list within minutes. The app helps you build a list of favorite items by scanning the barcode, organizes your grocery list by category, and gives you the option to print or email available coupons instantly. You can even email your grocery list to your significant other — and they’ll never have an excuse to forget the milk again.

groupon Groupon

If you haven’t taken advantage of the latest Groupon deal, you could be missing out on some great discounts at your favorite pizzeria, hair salon, or local gym. When you’re in the market for a last-minute vacation, jewelry, watches, or electronics, use the Groupon app for Android or iPhone to find deep discounts on popular products and travel packages. Groupon’s deal lineup changes frequently and you might just be able to pick up some great rates on that Miami weekend getaway or sushi making classes.


Frequent Amazon shoppers take note — there’s a miniature version of the entire site condensed into a mobile-friendly format where you can tap and fill up that shopping cart within seconds. Available for Android and iPhone, the Amazon app gives you direct access to the latest product information and customer reviews. You can also use it to scan barcodes and check prices when you are shopping in a brick-and-mortar store. If you were first in line to pick up Amazon Fire TV, you can take advantage of two-day shipping and other deals exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

RedLaser-App-Logo RedLaser

Do you carry around a stack of loyalty cards in your wallet or purse? Leave them at home and download the RedLaser app for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone to store all of your loyalty card information in one place. The app lets you find current deals at nearby stores, scan your loyalty card barcode when you’re making the purchase, and compare prices at both online and offline retailers. It’s the perfect app for bargain hunters and will also keep track of products you have your eye on during a deal-hunting spree.

What are your go-to shopping apps? Share the wealth in the comments below!