Finding holiday shopping savings through smartphone apps

Published: Nov 21 2011 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 23 2011 05:23:32 AM EST

Stamina will help you get through Black Friday's shopping insanity but a little bit of savvy can't hurt, either.

There are lots of savings to be found if you know where to look and you can start with your smartphone.

Not only can you get deals, you can track down wish list items and keep track of your spending.

Tis the season to save money on your holiday shopping with the smartphone.  

Apps like shopkick give you instant savings and rewards just for walking into the store.

"You can just come into the store with the application open and you collect points just for coming in and you can redeem those points for gift cards for facebooks credits or even accessories like a blue tooth device," said CJ Mellon, of Best Buy Mobile.

It's kind of like a shoppers card, without the card.  

Savvy is another app that helps you cash in on price reductions after the sale.. and get the price you want on wishlist items.  

"I can put in the price that I want if I want to pay $15 for it.  I can wait for it to go on sale and then savvy will notify me when best buy has that item for $17 or $15.

So what do shoppers think of the new apps?

It could be the end of ad watching for some.  

"I don't clip coupons or anything I just dont have time to do any of that stuff so it would be an easier way," said Lorissa Sandy.

"Now I will be able to go on my phone," said Lisa Culver.

One really cool app is Mint.com.

You can track your spending and make sure you don't go over budget.

Some other shopping apps include:

·         Goodzer helps shoppers locate exactly what they want to purchase – from a little black dress for tonight’s cocktail party to the nearly sold out must-have gadget – from all kinds of stores. Just a couple taps will save serious time and money by searching more than 2 billion products at half a million stores in the U.S. filtered by distance, price, or store, even on the go. Goodzer’s iPhone app is available for free in the AppStore.

·         Savvy, a new app that helps consumers cash-in on price reductions, eliminates the #1 cause of buyer's remorse — buying something only to find it on sale the next day. By simply snapping a photo of your purchase using a smartphone, the Savvy app alerts you when there is a price reduction and applies the savings automatically.  Shoppers can also capture a photo of an item on a loved one’s Christmas list, set the price they are willing to pay, and be alerted once the item is within the desired price range. The app currently boasts 40 national retail partners including Anthropologie, J.Crew, Bluefly, Zappos, Toys 'r' Us, Home Depot, Best Buy, Fry's and much more.

·         shopkick rewards users with “kicks” just for walking into retail partners, including: Toys “R” Us, Old Navy, Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, and more; for scanning items from partner brands: Kraft, Procter & Gamble and HP; and now for making purchases with their Visa card. Kicks earned can be redeemed for in-store gift cards, song downloads, movie tickets, donations to charity and more. Shopkick also presents deals and offers inside the app, many exclusive: 15% off a purchase at American Eagle anyone?  

·         Mint.com has already has helped more than 6 million people take control of their finances. Its budgeting feature helps people see what they’ve spent in the past and set realistic goals for this year’s holiday season. Mint’s Android, iPhone and iPad app helps shoppers manage their holiday budgets on the go, helping to curb impulse holiday purchases.

·         Use Yipit's iPhone app to seamlessly find gifts for friends and family in any of Yipit’s 100 daily deal markets. Yipit, the leading daily deal service aggregator, provides shoppers with customized deal recommendations from more than 750 sources – from national sites like Groupon and LivingSocial to niche providers like Gilt City for luxury items and DoodleDeals for moms. Yipit lets you select gifts and deals for loved ones all at 50-90% off, from romantic dinners, massages, theater tickets to skydiving adventures.

·         Westfield App.   The Westfield App has a first-of-its-kind product search functionality, meaning a shopper can select which Westfield mall he/she is at (all 55 centers in the U.S. have their own version of the app) and then enter keywords (i.e. red scarf) and a list of all the red scarves available from retailers located in that mall appear. Then you can compare prices, styles, etc. and check the mall’s map (via the app) to locate the store.