Let the shopping begin! According to Gallup,Â Americans are planning to spend moreÂ on Christmas gifts this year than last (and much more than they planned to spend in 2008-2009). I don’t care how much I’m spending, I like to get a deal. Great deals abound online;Â Amazon’s been running Black Friday dealsÂ all week. I’ll beÂ tweetingÂ out deals as I see them and posting links on myÂ FacebookÂ page so check in with me at either place for up-to-the-minute specials.
For those of you braving the mall traffic, or standing in line at Best Buy, first of all, my lazy hat’s off to you. I prefer to click my way to great savings. But while you’re mentally debating whether or not that ginormous flat screen TV is really a good deal, whip out your phone, scan the barcode and find out if it’s being sold for less somewhere else.
You’ll need an app, of course. There are dozens, but here are the ones I use most often:
1)Â ShopSavvyÂ – scan the item’s bar code and it will return prices for both local stores and online
2) Â Amazon’s AppÂ – this app has a feature that allows you to scan a barcode and it will tell you the price on Amazon. You can add the product to your wish list, or buy it from your phone. And if you can’t find the barcode, or the store has it covered with their own price sticker (which happens more often than I like!), you can take a photo of the product and Amazon will use an image search to match the product. It’s pretty slick.Â Android version here.
And before you head out, you might want to plan your trip usingBlackFriday by DealNews. The app is chock full of ads (including some “leaked” ads) and has comparison shopping tools. (You can also visit theÂ DealNewsÂ website which is a great resource for the best deals, by product or store.)
All right, so while you’re out and about, I’ll be chasing my toddler and some good deals from my laptop. Or my iPad. Or my phone. DO NOT LET ME BUY A KINDLE FIRE or anything else that connects to the Internet. Happy Shopping!