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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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                                                              The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

                                                              The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

                                                              Debt can feel crushing, like a weight that is always weighing you down. Looking at those numbers, it can feel as if you’ll never get out from under it. However, if you really want to learn how to get out of debt, it is possible with a great deal of focus and self-control.

                                                              Getting out of debt isn’t impossible. Like any big goal, all that it takes is an action plan to identify where you are and creating a plan to zero out your debt.

                                                              Identifying All of Your Debts

                                                              The first part of paying off your debt is getting a complete picture of what you owe. When you have everything written out in front of you, it makes it much easier to create an action plan. Depending on how much you owe, it might also help you realize it’s not as bad you might have originally thought.

                                                              Here’s how you can get started identifying your debts:

                                                              1. Own Your Debt

                                                              Before you start identifying all of your debts, take a moment to process that you have debt but want to get out of it.

                                                              Forgive yourself for any past mistakes, missed payments, or overspending. It might be painful to accept how much debt you have at first, but you must own it.

                                                              2. Make a Debt Tracker

                                                              It’s astonishing how few people ever created a tracker to understand their total debts. Most likely, it comes from not wanting to accept the guilt of having debt, but, if avoided, it can make it nearly impossible to get out of debt.

                                                              Open up a new Google or Microsoft Excel sheet and list out all of your debts. Start with the name of the creditor, interest rates, total balance, loan term length (if any), and the minimum amount due each payment. This will include student loans, credit cards, and any other type of debt owed.

                                                              3. Get Your Debt Number

                                                              Once you’ve made your debt tracker and taken the other steps, identify your total payoff number. This is crucial, as you will have a starting point and a clear goal that you are trying to achieve.

                                                              Prioritizing Your Debts

                                                              All debt is not created equal. It’s imperative to understand that there are different types of debt.

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                                                              1. Understand Bad and Good Debts

                                                              Bad debts are usually paying for things you want instead of always need. While there might be some emergencies that max out your credit cards, often times it’s excessive spending[1].

                                                              There are three main types of bad debt:

                                                              • Credit Card Debt: The average American household owes over $16,000 in credit card debt!
                                                              • Auto Loan Debt: According to CNBC , the average auto loan in the US is $30,032!
                                                              • Consumer Loan Debt: Consumer loan debt isn’t as common as credit card and auto loan debt, but it’s still considered bad as interest rates are usually between 10-28%.

                                                              Good debt is identified as investments in your future. Here are three common types of good debt:

                                                              • Student Loan Debt
                                                              • Mortgage Loan
                                                              • Business Loans

                                                              2. Decide Which Debt to Pay off First

                                                              Once you know each type of debt and their interest rates, you can begin to pay off debt quickly.

                                                              Focus on paying off bad debt first, regardless of if it is a credit card or auto loan. Start by paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first.

                                                              If you have several credit cards with different interest rates, you want to focus on the one with a higher APR. You will actually save more money by eliminating the card with the highest interest rate.

                                                              3. Don’t Pay the Minimum Amount

                                                              Paying the minimum amount digs you into a hole as interest rates will offset your payment. Even a small amount more than the minimum can help you pay off debt much faster.

                                                              Removing Obstacles to Pay off Debt Quickly

                                                              Creating a debt tracker and prioritizing a plan is simple, but avoiding temptation can be difficult.

                                                              1. Set a Reminder to Track Your Debt

                                                              “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker

                                                              It’s so important to track your debt to ensure that you get it paid off quickly. Similar to working out and measuring your results, you need to track your debt constantly. Start with a weekly reminder, where you sign on and log your updated number. Did you increase, decrease, or stay the same?

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                                                              Regularly tracking your student loan balance can be incredibly motivating, as well. You will get a huge confidence boost each time you see your total debt amount decreases.

                                                              Set weekly and monthly goals so you can have short term wins and keep the momentum going.

                                                              2. Hide Your Credit Cards

                                                              If your biggest debt is credit cards, you need to eliminate temptation and remove them from your wallet.

                                                              Some people have gone to extreme measures by freezing their credit cards. Why? This would create an ice block around your card, which would require you to chip away at it slowly. This will give you time to think if it’s the best idea to buy that thing you’re about to buy.

                                                              3. Automate Everything

                                                              Willpower can be a huge downfall to paying off your debt. By automating your bills each month, you will ensure that willpower isn’t involved.

                                                              4. Plan Ahead

                                                              Getting out of debt will require some sacrifices, but with enough planning, you can make it work.

                                                              For example, if you know that you have a friend’s birthday or family dinner coming up, plan ahead for the costs. Whether you need to cut back on spending the week before, pick up a side job, or meet them after dinner, do what is needed.

                                                              5. Live Cheaply

                                                              The only way to get out of debt is to make some sacrifices on your spending habits. Find ways to save money each month so you can apply that amount to your outstanding debts. Here are some ways to save money each month:

                                                              • Live with roommates
                                                              • Cook dinners and prepare lunches for work instead of eating out
                                                              • Cut cable and choose Netflix or Amazon Prime
                                                              • Take public transit or bike to work

                                                              Finding the Lowest Interest Rates

                                                              The higher your interest rates, the harder (and longer) it will take you to pay off any debt.

                                                              If possible, you want to find ways to lower your interest rates to help get out of debt quickly. Here’s how you can get started:

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                                                              1. Maintain a High Credit Score

                                                              Your credit score will have a large impact on your ability to refinance your loans and receive a lower interest rate. If you have a low credit score, it’s unlikely you will be able to refinance your loans. Use these credit tips to increase and maintain an excellent score:

                                                              • Never miss a payment
                                                              • Don’t exceed 30% of your credit limit
                                                              • Don’t sign up for more than one card at once
                                                              • Limit hard inquires, like auto-loans and new credit cards
                                                              • Monitor frequently with free credit-tracking software

                                                              2. Find Balance Transfer Offers

                                                              Start by opening a free account on credit.com. Credit.com offers you the chance to open a free account and see what type of balance transfer offers you can receive. Some of your existing credit cards might already have 0% or lower APR balance transfer offers available.

                                                              Contact each of your credit card providers to ask about lowering your rate for a one-time balance transfer offer[2].

                                                              If you do take advantage of this option, make sure that you use a balance transfer and not a cash advance. Cash advances have a ton of high interest fees (15-25%, depending on your credit card) and will only compound your debt problem.

                                                              How to Get Rid of Debt Forever

                                                              Setting up a plan, removing temptations, and getting the lowest interest rates is the first step to get out of debt.

                                                              1. Keep Monitoring and Adjusting

                                                              Once you have a plan, don’t get comfortable. Track your debt payoff plan and make the necessary adjustments when needed.

                                                              Monitor your credit scores with a free site like CreditKarma. The higher your credit score climbs, the more likely you will be to secure a new, lower-interest loan.

                                                              2. Earn More Money

                                                              There are only so many ways to save money. Instead of clipping another coupon or making sacrifices for your morning coffee, find ways to earn more money!

                                                              Think about it…it is much easier to find ways to earn an extra $1,000 per month than find $1,000 to cut from your budget.

                                                              Here are some examples of ways to earn more money:

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                                                              Talk to Your Boss

                                                              Have a conversation with your boss about current salary and/or commission rates. If you’re not satisfied or want a change, don’t be afraid to look around at other positions. Some of them might even have a student loan debt reimbursement plan!

                                                              Start a Side Hustle

                                                              This could be coaching students on the weekends, driving for Uber, or taking paid online surveys. There are tons of ways to make money outside your 9-5. Now that you have a clear plan to pay off your debts, you’ll be more motivated than ever to figure out creative new ways to earn money.

                                                              Build an Online Business

                                                              There are so many websites and blogs that earn money from ads, affiliates, and other online products. Find your niche and get started.

                                                              3. Celebrate Your Wins

                                                              As you progress in your debt payoff journey, don’t forget to celebrate your wins. You need to always reward yourself for the hard work and discipline that is required to get out of debt.

                                                              While you shouldn’t celebrate so big that it increases debt, make sure to factor in little rewards to keep you motivated.

                                                              4. Set New Financial Goals

                                                              Eventually, with a plan and these steps, you can rid yourself of your debt. Once you do, make sure to celebrate your monumental achievement, but don’t stop there.

                                                              Now, you can focus on acquiring wealth and increasing your net worth. Set new financial goals so you have a new target to aim toward. Here’s how to set financial goals and actually meet them.

                                                              These could be anything now that you are debt free! Think about where you want to travel, buying your first home, or saving for your future retirement. Just like before, make sure that your goals are specific, measurable, and achievable.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Congrats, you can now set a plan in motion to finally pay off your debt quickly (and hopefully forever)!

                                                              Remember, if you want to get out of debt quickly, it’s not always easy. Just like any big goal, there will be sacrifices, challenges, and problems to overcome.

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