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30 Best Price-Comparison Apps You Need to Download Now

30 Best Price-Comparison Apps You Need to Download Now

Gone are the days when price-comparison apps like Red Laser and Amazon’s price checker ruled the roost. Joining those favorites are new, as well as tried-and-true, price-comparison apps that will help you save a bundle.

For Shopping

1. RedLaser: Get the Best Price for Anything

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    RedLaser is still one of the best QR code readers and barcode scanners around, because not only can you scan products and find the best prices—the app also has lots of coupon options and the ability to store loyalty cards. (Find it on iTunes and Google Play.)

    2. ShopSavvy: Find Low Product Prices and Trending Sales

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      ShopSavvy guarantees that their iTunes and Google Play app will help you not only find the lowest prices of the products you scan, but it will also alert you to price cuts and new sales items. Therefore, if there’s a new Sears coupon that’s just hit the Internet, ShopSavvy will find it and send it to you.

      3. Sell Textbooks for Cash: Compare the Best Prices for Your Old Books

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        Students know that textbooks can represent a big expense. Compare the websites that will pay you the most money for them with this app you can find on iTunes or Google Play.

        4. ScanLife: Compare Prices from Amazon, Macy’s, Best Buy and More

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          With ScanLife—see the app here on iTunes and Google Play—users can scan barcodes to see the cost of items across a variety of their favorite stores, and also view customer reviews.

          For Travel, Hotel and Flights

          5. Trivago: Compare Hotel Prices

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            The app called simply “trivago” on iTunes and Google Play compares more than 700,000 hotel prices across 200-plus booking websites to bring you the best deals.

            6. TripAdvisor: Find Low-Priced Hotels, Flights, Restaurants

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              The very popular TripAdvisor iTunes and Google Play free app is beloved by users because it helps them find the lowest prices in airfare, dining options and eateries.

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              7. Liligo: International Travel Comparison

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                Liligo is a well-reviewed app that allows users to search through hundreds of travel websites to find optimal deals. (iTunes and Google Play.)

                8. Booking.com: Best Hotel Deals

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                  This website with the funny commercials also has an app (iTunes and Google Play) that finds and compares great deals on hotels, and not just the cheap dives.

                  9. Hotwire: Compare Car Rental Prices and More

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                    There’s a reason the Hotwire apps for hotel and car rentals are popular, both the iOS and Android versions. People like deals they can easily grab via their phone, letting the app do the work of searching for the best prices.

                    10. FareCompare: Find Out When to Fly

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                      This highly rated app alerts users when to fly by notifying them when their favorite trip route’s airfare has dropped. Find it here on iTunes.

                      11. Skyscanner: Compare Cheap Flights

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                        More than 30 million people have download Skyscanner, which is a fast iTunes and Android app that lets users get the cheapest prices on flights in seconds.

                        12. Kayak: Find Cheaper Flights, Hotels and Cars

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                          Kayak was one of the first price-comparison travel apps that provided users the best deals on hotels, cars and flights. (iTunes and Google Play.)

                          For Food

                          13. Grocery Exchange: Compare Food Prices

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                            The Grocery Exchange app lets food buyers share and compare the prices of the items they find in the store. Check it out on iTunes.

                            14. Apples2Oranges: Convert to Unit Prices

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                              The best thing about the Apples2Oranges iTunes app is that it helps users convert items down to their unit prices to discover what’s really a great bargain, e.g., a package of 20 cookies for $10.99 or 35 cookies for $12.99 per pack.

                              15. Consumr: Groceries, Books, Movies and More

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                                Not only can consumers use the Consumr iTunes app to compare grocery prices, but they can also find the comparable costs of strollers, toys and everything in between.

                                16. Gas Buddy: Find Inexpensive Gasoline

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                                  More than 40 million people use Gas Buddy to discover the cheapest gas nearby. (iTunes and Google Play.)

                                  17. Gas Guru: Cheap Gas Prices

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                                    Gas Guru is another highly visual iTunes and Google Play app that allows users to find the best gas prices near them.

                                    18. Fuel Finder: Discount Gas in the U.S. and Canada

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                                      Fuel Finder is another popular gasoline app on iTunes and Google Play that visually displays the cheapest fuel prices nearby.

                                      For Online Shopping

                                      19. BuyVia: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

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                                        Available on iOS and Android, the apps from BuyVia will keep you ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals game.

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                                        20. The Amazon App: For Brick-and-Mortar Store Price Checking

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                                          Although some storeowners gave Amazon a hard time for suggesting that their customers use The Amazon App to scan the prices of products they find within stores to see if they are cheaper online, that’s exactly what consumers love to do.

                                          21. TheFind: Local and Online Deals

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                                            Use the app called TheFind (iTunes and Android) to literally find local deals and compare them with what’s available online. You can also set price alerts with this app.

                                            22. ShopAdvisor: Product Tracking

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                                              ShopAdvisor is like having a personal price tracker because it not only compares prices, it also tracks the changes in prices and alerts you when a product hits the cost you’d like. (iOS and Android.)

                                              23. PriceGrabber: Compare In-Store to Online Price

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                                                PriceGrabber allows users to compare online deals with the in-store prices—and it even gathers up Groupon deals in 160 U.S. cities. Here are the iTunes and Google Play links.

                                                24. Smoopa: Green-Lights the Best Deal

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                                                  Smoopa lets buyers scan a product’s barcode and compare it to the same deals online. If the item you scan has a lower price, the app displays a green button. Find it on iTunes and Google Play.

                                                  Advanced Features

                                                  25. CamFind: Take a Photo of Object Without Typing

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                                                    CamFind is a unique iTunes and Google Play app in that it allows users to scan a photo of an object to find it instead of typing in words to search.

                                                    26. Milo: For Local Shopping

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                                                      Milo is an interesting computer-based app that helps consumers find local products in stock nearby the address they enter.

                                                      27. Shelfbucks: Customized Deals Sent to You

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                                                        With Shelfbucks, you will be able to receive in-store deals customized for you and sent to your phone. See their iTunes and Google Play app versions.

                                                        28. Walmart’s Savings Catcher: Scan Your Receipts for Great Deals

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                                                          Walmart’s Savings Catcher is a fascinating module that allows users to enter their receipt numbers to find any lower advertised prices and get paid the difference.

                                                          29. Shopular: Find the Best Deals in Stores

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                                                            Shopular is a popular app that’s updated daily that gives shoppers the best deals and coupons for stores like Starbucks, Forever 21, Best Buy and more. Get it on iTunes and Google Play.

                                                            30. PriceBlink: Browser Add-On Finds Lower Prices During Online Shopping

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                                                              PriceBlink is an add-on for your browser that automatically finds the lowest prices while you shop.

                                                              So there you have it—a list of 30 price-comparison apps that should help you begin to save lots more money when shopping.

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                                                              Published on October 8, 2018

                                                              13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

                                                              13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

                                                              Are you having trouble sticking to a family budget? You aren’t alone.

                                                              Budgeting is difficult. Creating one is hard enough, but actually sticking to it is a whole other issue. Things come up. Desires and cravings happen. And the next thing you know, budgets break.

                                                              So how can you stick to a family budget? Here are 13 tips to make it easier.

                                                              1. Choose a major category each month to attack

                                                              As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With that in mind, one approach to help you get into the habit of sticking to a budget is simply starting slow.

                                                              Spend too much on Starbucks runs, eat out too often, and have an out-of-this-world grocery bill? Choose one bad habit and attack.

                                                              By choosing one behavior to focus on, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. You’ll also experience small victories, which help you gain positive momentum. This momentum can then carry over into your overall budget.

                                                              2. Only make major purchases in the morning

                                                              If you’re making large purchases in the evening, there’s a good chance you’re doing so after a long day and you’re probably tired.

                                                              Why does this matter? Because our judgement tends to be off when tired – our willpower is compromised.

                                                              Instead, only make major purchasing decisions in the morning when you’re energized and refreshed. Your brain will be firing on all cylinders and your resolve will be high. You’re less likely to give in and settle at this point.

                                                              3. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry

                                                              Have trouble with impulse buys at the grocery store? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going grocery shopping while hungry.

                                                              The problem here is that when you’re hungry, everything looks good. So you’re more likely to make split decisions on things that aren’t on your grocery list.

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                                                              Instead, make sure you eat prior to your grocery store trip. Then take your list, along with your full stomach, and go shopping. Notice how food doesn’t look quite so good when you’re not fighting cravings.

                                                              4. Read one-star reviews for products

                                                              Is there a product you just have to have (but maybe not really)? Check out the one-star reviews.

                                                              By reading all the horrible reviews, you may be able to basically trick yourself into deciding that the product isn’t worth your time and money.

                                                              Next thing you know, you didn’t make the purchase, you saved the money, and you feel good about the decision.

                                                              5. Never buy anything you put in an online shopping cart until the next day

                                                              If you are making a purchase online, it’s typically a two-step process. First, you click “Add to Cart” and then you go in to review your cart and pay.

                                                              The problem is that there not typically much reviewing during step two. It’s generally click pay and there you go. However, this is the perfect point to stop for reflection.

                                                              Once you add to your cart, your best bet is to step away until the next day. Let the item sit there and grow cold, so to speak.

                                                              This gives you a night to “sleep on it” and decide if you really want and need to spend that money. If you wake up the next day and still find the purchase viable, then perhaps it’s time to go for it.

                                                              6. Don’t save your credit card info on any site you shop on

                                                              One of the other pitfalls of shopping online is that fact that most sites ask you to save your credit card information.

                                                              While the sites will frame it as a method of convenience, the truth is they know you’ll spend more money in the long run if your credit card information is saved.

                                                              The “convenience” takes away one last decision-making point in the purchasing process. True, it’s a pain to get out your credit card and enter the information every time. But guess what? That’s the point. If that inconvenience helps you stay on budget, then it’s worth it. Which leads into the next tip.

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                                                              7. Tape an “impulse buy” reminder to your credit card

                                                              Credit cards make spending much easier than cash. When you spend cash, you can literally see your wallet emptying. A credit card comes out, then goes back in. No harm, no foul.

                                                              That’s why it’s a good idea to tape a reminder to your credit card. Customize a message that is something along the lines of “do you really need this?” or “does it fit the budget?”

                                                              That way when you pull out the card, you get one last reminder to help you question your decision and stick to your budget.

                                                              8. Only use gift cards to shop on Amazon

                                                              Amazon is probably the easiest place online to blow money. It’s just so easy to click and buy. However, one way you can slow the process down is buy only using gift cards. Here’s how it works.

                                                              If you plan on making a purchase on Amazon, go to the grocery store and purchase a pre-loaded Amazon gift card of the proper amount. There’s no convenience fee, so you literally pay for the money you’ll spend.

                                                              Now take that gift card home and load it to your Amazon account. There’s your money to spend.

                                                              Why does this help? It makes you have to purposely go to the score and purchase the card in order to purchase the item. That’s a pretty deliberate thing that takes some time, commitment, and thought.

                                                              This process will effectively kill the impulse buy.

                                                              9. Budget using cash and envelopes

                                                              As mentioned earlier, it’s a lot harder to spend cash than swipe a credit card. You can take this even farther by using only cash, and separating that cash by budget category.

                                                              Create an envelope for each category and stick the cash in there at the beginning of each month. When the envelope is empty, no more spending on that category, unless you borrow from another (be careful of that approach).

                                                              This can be pretty helpful for people that have a hard time following transactions in their checking account, or keeping a budgeting spreadsheet.

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                                                              The envelopes simplify the tracking process, leaving no room for error. Nothing hides from you because it’s tangible in the envelopes in front of you.

                                                              10. Join a like-minded group

                                                              Making the decision to stick to something like budgeting is difficult. It takes long-term commitment.

                                                              You’re going to feel weak sometimes. And sometimes you may fail. That said, support from others can help strengthen resolve.

                                                              Support can come from a spouse or a friend, but they won’t always have the exact same goal in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a support group that’s likeminded.

                                                              No need to pay here, as there are tons of free communities that fit the bill online.

                                                              For example, reddit has multiple subreddits that deal with budgeting and frugal living. You can follow, subscribe, and get active in those communities.

                                                              This will open your eyes to new tips and strategies, keep your goal fresh on your mind, and help you realize there are others dealing with the same struggles and being successful.

                                                              11. Reward Yourself

                                                              When you set a budget, it’s usually with a large goal in mind. Maybe you want to be debt free, or perhaps you want to see $10,000 in your savings account.

                                                              Whatever the case, the end goal is great, but the end is often far away, making it hard to see the end of the tunnel.

                                                              With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set mini-goals along the way. This helps you still look at the big picture but have something that’s attainable in the short-term to help with momentum.

                                                              But don’t stop there – set rewards for yourself when you reach that small goal. Maybe it’s an extra meal out. Or a new pair of shoes.

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                                                              Whatever the case, this gives you something in the near future to look forward to, which can help with the fatigue that can result in pursuing long-term goals.

                                                              12. Take the Buddhist approach

                                                              You don’t have to be a Buddhist to recognize some of the wisdom in the teachings. One of the tenets of the philosophy involves accepting that we can’t have everything we want. And that’s okay.

                                                              Sometimes you won’t feel good. Sometimes you’ll have cravings. You can’t deny them. But you can recognize them, accept them, and let them pass by. Then you move on.

                                                              Apply this to the times you want to do things that will break your budget. You’re going to have the desire to eat out when you shouldn’t. You might want to stay out and spend too much at happy hour with your work friends.

                                                              The feelings will come. Recognize them, accept them, but let them go.

                                                              13. Set up automatic drafts to savings

                                                              If you wait until you’ve spent all your budgeted money to deposit money into savings, guess what? You probably aren’t going to put any money into savings.

                                                              It’s too easy to see that as extra money and end up using it to treat yourself.

                                                              Instead, set up automatic savings withdrawals. That way, the money is marked and gone before you can even think about it. It becomes a non-issue. It’s no longer “extra.” It’s just savings.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Sticking to a budget can be difficult. No one is denying that.

                                                              However, if you can do a few things to set yourself up for success, and put some practices in place to curb impulse buys, then you can (and will!) be successful sticking to your family budget.

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