For college students on a budget, the holidays can be a burden on their already-strapped wallets. Here are seven free apps to take the pain out of shopping and ease the financial burden.
For avid online shoppers, this app for the iPhone and Android lets users organize and keep track of all online orders and notifies them when purchases ship and arrive. Slice also keeps receipts in a separate tab, keeps a record of what each person is getting, and will alert shoppers to price drops on items.
To get the best possible deals, Shop Advisor lets iPhone and Android users see when an item on their gift list goes on sale. Items can be organized on a “watchlist” complete with a price history graph and notifications for any local deals.
For those students who may not be math experts, this app for iPhones can put in the original price of an item, apply any discounts, add in the tax rate and give the total price along with how much money was saved. An added bonus—a tax guide for all 50 states is included.
Price comparison has never been easier than with RedLaser—scan a barcode (or search by voice or image) and compare price tags with thousands of retailers, both on and offline. Shoppers can purchase items directly off their phone and partner retailers can have orders waiting at a nearby location.
More of a visual person? Taking a picture of any DVD, CD or videogame can help iPhone and Android shoppers find out more information about the product, compare prices, purchase it or remember it for later without having to write it all down. (Cost: Free)
Saving time can be just as valuable as saving money and Localmind helps to beat the holiday crowds in stores and restaurants by showing wait times and iPhone and Android users will be grateful for the heads up.
What might seem like the perfect gift isn’t always the right fit for someone and ReturnGuru solves that issue. This app for Windows phones and iPhones keeps track of returns and purchases—take a photo of the receipt and the app sends updated reminders before it’s too late to return any unwanted purchases.
Holiday shopping for friends and family can be daunting, especially with long lists, tight budgets and crowded malls. These seven free apps will help to keep college shoppers on track and stay within their means to find the best deals.