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October 9, 2012

ShopSmart: Must-Have Free Apps That Save Money

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November issue highlights sites and apps that can help shoppers score great deals

YONKERS, NY — Hunting down deals and finding the best stuff to buy use to be a lot of work.  But these days, mobile technology can easily help shoppers find what they are looking for at a great price.  The November 2012 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features ten must-have, free apps that can help shoppers score some of the best deals.

ShopSmart’s feature story on sites and apps that can save shoppers big also identifies 17 must-see sites and 10 fun new ones for smart beauty picks, comfy home items, kids’ gifts and more; plus an update on new offerings from old standbys like Amazon, eBay, Google and Walmart.

“The Web is filled with tons of deals­ and finding the best bargain can take time,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “These apps can save shoppers time and money, possibly scoring them even better deals than they may find on their own.”

Here’s five free apps from ShopSmart’s list of must-haves?the entire list can be found in the November issue:

  1. Amazon mobile is a great tool for shopping on a smartphone­.  Users can buy almost anything, anywhere with this app. Quick barcode scanning and picture search make it easy for users to find what they’re looking for (or to check prices against those in-store) and checkout is a breeze, especially with the one-click option. Amazon mobile is available for Android, Apple and BlackBerry.
  2. CardStar is best for organizing loyalty cards. Shoppers can get rid of all those bulky cards and grimy key chain tags­?CardStar puts all of this info neatly into one app. To save, users show their phone to the cashier in stores and local deals may pop up on the app (if it’s open) while they are there. CardStar is available for Android, Apple and BlackBerry.
  3. Coupon Sherpa helps users grab hundreds of coupons for dozens of stores.  Users have a good chance of finding a deal on this app for the store they’re heading to and cashiers can scan directly from a phone. Grocery coupons, available for several chains, can be applied directly to loyalty cards, so the savings automatically comes off the bill. Coupon Sherpa is available for Android and Apple.
  4. RedLaser is an eBay-owned barcode-scanner app that locates great deals. Users can scan items and find the best price locally and online or buy stuff and arrange for pickup at participating retailers. It also searches using images and voice commands to give product details, reviews and nutrition info. Redlaser can help users take advantage of price-matching policies at stores like Target and Walmart and is available for Android, Apple and Windows.
  5. Shopkick automates rewards. Users can earn points (called kicks) just for entering participating stores. The kicks can be redeemed for a reward such as a free drink at Starbucks or a Coach bag. Users can link credit or debit cards to earn even more kicks. Nationwide partners include ExxonMobile, Macy’s, and Target. Open the app when walking in or by a participating retailer to claim available rewards.  Shopkick is available for Android and Apple.

About Consumer Reports:

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.


About ShopSmart magazine:

Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart draws upon the publication’s celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and “best of the best” lists. It’s ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Borders, Kroger, Safeway and Publix. ShopSmart is available by subscription

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