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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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                                                              Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                              30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                                                              30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                                                              Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

                                                              Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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                                                              1. Visit a strawberry festival

                                                              Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

                                                              2. Have a picnic

                                                              Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

                                                              3. Camp in your back yard

                                                                The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

                                                                4. Take long walks

                                                                Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

                                                                5. Break a world record

                                                                Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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                                                                6. Go on a bike ride

                                                                The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

                                                                7. Join a gym class

                                                                  The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                                                                  8. Find a new hobby

                                                                  The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                                                                  9. Join a sports team

                                                                  Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                                                                  10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                                                                    Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                                                                    11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                                                                    Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                                                                    12. Visit a free festival

                                                                    Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                                                                    13. Visit the zoo

                                                                      Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                                                                      14. Take a road trip

                                                                      Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                                                                      15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                                                                        Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                                                                        16. Make your own ice cream

                                                                        Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                                                                        17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                                                                          When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                                                                          18. Get a summer job

                                                                          For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                                                                          19. Attend a charity event

                                                                          Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                                                                          20. Visit a national park

                                                                          National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                                                                          21. Visit your local comedy club

                                                                            Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                                                                            22. Make your own hammock

                                                                              Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                                                                              23. Read in your new hammock

                                                                              Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                                                                              24. Watch a movie outside

                                                                              Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                                                                              25. Take a hike

                                                                                Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                                                                                26. Learn how to fly a kite

                                                                                As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                                                                                27. Work out at the park

                                                                                American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                                                                                28. Take your dog to the beach

                                                                                  One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                                                                  29. Make a summer smoothie

                                                                                  Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                                                                  30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                                                                  No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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