Now more than ever people are using their phones to save money. Given the monthly expense of a smartphone, you might wonder what we mean by that. But if you know what apps to look for, you can find the best deals on clothes, food, electronics, and even gasoline. All you need to know is what app to get.
Smartphone apps have been around for a while now. Everyone is familiar with the ubiquitous weather app, the stock quote app, and the calculator. But things have changed substantially since these applications first graced the faces of our iPhones.
Now you can find apps that are able to perform extremely sophisticated procedures, including telling you in real-time how to find the best deals on the things you buy most often.
SaleSorter helps you figure out which stores are having the best sales before you even leave your house. This app contains a map of your local area that includes all of the current sales. It also contains information for each stores address and hours of operation.
This app gives you a kickback for every store that you visit. Walk into Macy’s get a 200 point kickback. You can then redeem these points for valuable coupons and discounts. There are quite a few stores participating in the program, so it is a worthwhile app for most shoppers. 100 points entitles you to free concealers.
The eBay Now app is a unique offering. They will offer delivery from local stores for items that you buy on their website. Just like shopping online, there’s no waiting in line, but unlike waiting for UPS or FedEx, you simply wait for the store to show up with your purchase. Only works with eBay, not any other website.
Now you can finally justify the expense of your $150 per month smartphone by actually saving money. And these are just a few of the apps that are out there.
Keep in mind that all of these apps exist to provide information to their customers on your shopping habits. While you may gloss over the license agreement, understand that their selling your information to the stores that are a part of their system. Nothing is free.
But hell, everything you do now is tracked by the NSA anyway, so you might as well get paid for giving up your information instead of just giving it up for free.