Your smartphone isn't just for email and texting -- it could be the best shopping tool you've got!
A smartphone is smarter than you think
Find store locations quickly
Need to buy a few things and don't know where to start? You are not alone: A 2012 study from Nielsen found that half of smartphone shoppers are already using a GPS or mapping app to find a retail location! And why not? No need to waste gas driving around when your smartphone can get you there.
"Check in" for discounts
We love using apps like FourSquare for every aspect of our day -- including our shopping trips! By checking in at certain stores, you can unlock discounts that you may not be able to find otherwise. For example, check in at American Eagle, show your smartphone to the cashier and you'll save 15 percent off your entire purchase. Crazy, right?
Quickly scan for mobile coupons
A recent Mobile Audience Insights Report from JiWire found that one in five consumers searches for a coupon on their mobile device while they're in a store which makes us wonder -- why aren't the other 80 percent of shoppers doing this? Download free apps like Coupon Sherpa, The Coupons App or GeoQpons.
Are you getting the best price for those shoes? Maybe not. Coupons are one thing, but the price tag is another. Prices can vary significantly based on the retailer which is why using your smartphone to comparison shop just makes sense. Apps like Amazon Price Checker, Google Shopper and RedLaser are all top-rated free barcode scanning apps.
Scan reviews and get facts
Honest reviews from other shoppers like you can be a great way to determine if something is worth the money or not. And if you can do that before you head to the checkout, you'll save yourself from wasting your money. We like money.
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