The best mobile apps for holiday shopping

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Christmas is quickly approaching, but there’s still time left to do a little last minute shopping and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list. Mobile apps can help us save time and money, so check out our list of top picks to help you with your holiday shopping.

Making your gift lists – One of the first steps of holiday shopping is making a list of everyone that you want to give a gift to. Mobile apps can help you manage all your lists and gather ideas of possible gifts.

Google Keep – Quickly capture what’s on your mind and make a simple list of your gifts or holiday to-dos. Keep lets you track your notes, add reminders, and cross off tasks when you complete them.

Springpad – This app is similar to Keep, but it provides some more advanced features to manage your lists and collections. Multiple users can collaborate on a single notebook, so you can share your shopping list with a family member or friend.

Pinterest – Another popular app to collect things from around the web and share them with others. Pinterest is also a great source to find inspiration for gift ideas if you need help coming up with the right gift.

Shopping with the tap of your finger - Most big box retailers now have their own native apps, so check your device’s app store to see what is available. Retail branded apps let you shop from home, check prices in store, and browse weekly specials.

Walmart – Save time and order items online for in-store pickup, browse weekly circular ads, check store inventories, and scan product barcodes for additional information.

Target – Shop Target from home, browse the weekly ad, create a shopping list, and use the barcode scanner to check prices and get product reviews.

Best Buy – Locate your nearest store, access your Best Buy account, find in-store clearance and open-box items, earn bonus points for checking in, and check to see if you cell phone is eligible for an upgrade.

Finding the best prices – Some retailers price match online stores, so shop around to find the best price on items. You might discover that certain items are much cheaper online, while others might be marked below online prices.

Amazon – Scan any product barcode to access hundreds of product reviews and see the best prices. Amazon lets you purchase items directly in their app and then track them to your doorstep.

eBay – If you can’t find the gift you want in stock anywhere, there is a good chance that eBay might have it available. You might end up paying a higher price, but it could be the only option to get a special gift in time for the holidays.

ShopSavvy – Search for any product and get a list of local retail stores that have that item in stock. ShopSavvy can also inform you if a local retailer will match the price of another store.

Keep track of your packages

FedEx, UPS, and USPS all have native apps that let you track shipments for your online orders. It’s also a great way to keep track of gifts that you mail to friends. FedEx and UPS even allow you to schedule when packages are delivered.

Avoid rush hour traffic

Waze – There are many navigation apps, but Waze is the best at avoiding heavy traffic. Search for any location and it will show you the quickest way to get there while avoiding construction and other road hazards.

If you do plan to shop online, be sure to check out our 5 Security Tips for Online Shopping before you decide to check out.

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