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14 Apps Every Shopaholic Needs to Have

14 Apps Every Shopaholic Needs to Have

If you love to shop, sometimes you may find that whether or not you have a shopping buddy can greatly affect the experience. Some shoppers prefer to have a second opinion when it comes to picking out an outfit, while others like to go solo. Regardless of whether you see a shopping partner as a benefit or a hindrance, the majority of shoppers will find that their smart phones are the best shopping partners out there. From comparing great deals to discovering the right outfit, here are 14 apps that every shopaholic should have.

Finding Deals

Being able to find a good deal is the main goal of a shopaholic. If you are spending too much, then the shopping trip is unsuccessful. When it comes to finding deals using apps, most individuals usually search in two categories: apps that help you find a specific product at a lower price or apps that help you find general items you want for a cheaper price online.

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    To find better deals for a specific product, I recommend Shop Advisor. Not only does the app allow you to search for items by keyword or barcode, but you can also save items to track their price and ensure the deal is the best for you. Red Laser (Pictured Above) is one of the most popular options and is currently a veteran in barcode scanners.

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      The app also offers you great deals and even coupons. If you are looking for deals online, two popular options are Zappos (Pictured Above) and eBay. Both have quality mobile applications that allow you to search on a whim, and eBay’s barcode scanner makes searching even more seamless.

      Figure Out What to Buy

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        Once you know how to find the deals, it is now time to figure out what you will buy and who will receive the gift. If you are thinking of who will get what gift for either a birthday or the holiday season, Gift Plan (Pictured Above) is an application to look into that will allow you to make a list of individuals in need of a gift, when to give them their gift, and what you want to give them.

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          If you are looking into a bit of personal shopping, Wanelo (Pictured Above) is a wallet emptier. Simply look on other individual’s profiles, the profiles of stores, or around the web for products that interest you. Wanelo links with the website you are getting the product from to offer a direct link to where purchase the item. Pinterest, similar to Wanelo, allows you to save items and create collective boards. Pinterest doesn’t allow you to purchase in-app, but it does allow you to save other types of items and photos.

          Once At the Mall

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            You have your gifts in mind and you are ready to head to the mall, but that can be a stressful trip in itself. From having to find parking to other shopping assistance apps, your iPhone is there to help. On the subject of looking for parking, Parkbud (Pictured Above) is known as a great choice and the ultimate resource for parking anywhere.

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            The application not only allows you to find your car based on GPS, you can also set a timer to let you know when your meter is about to run out and even pay for your meter if mobile payment is accepted. It isn’t free, at $1.99, but it’s worth it. Evernote is a great resource, once at the mall, to keep a nice tally of whom you’re shopping for. With Evernote Premium, you can even have select people edit the notes, making grocery and gift lists more seamless than ever.

            Money Management

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              Shopping can certainly put a damper on anyone’s budget. However, adequate planning and understanding your economic state in all cases will allow you to know how to budget adequately. This is possible with some applications, like Mint or Moni. Both allow you to connect various accounts and track expenses. Moni (Pictured Above) is unique in that it truly reflects whats in your pocket, rather than what’s calculated in your accounts. Meaning, Moni takes into account cash as well as connected accounts.

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                Other applications, like PayPal can be useful when shopping online and in select stores. The ability to also receive money and transfer it to connected accounts makes it a great choice for ensuring you have enough cash when shopping. Specific banks also have their own apps like USAA, Bank of America, etc. It’s smart to look into those as well.

                The above applications are there to help you throughout the shopping process. From finding out what you need to buy to finding the best deal for it, we hope that the apps above will ensure that you get the item you want at the right price. With the holiday shopping season around the corner, let us know in the comments below what applications you enjoy when you are out and about shopping.

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                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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