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How to shop with your iPhone

Aly Walansky is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. She lives with her two Shorkie-Tzus, Scarlette and Max, and a display of pink polka-dot-themed home decor -- not to mention a selection of flavored vodka. Check out he...

A smartphone is smarter than you think

Your smartphone isn't just for email and texting -- it could be the best shopping tool you've got!
Woman shopping with iPhone

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 SherpaThe Coupons App or GeoQpons.

Compare prices

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 CheckerGoogle 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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