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— Amazon and RedLaser (Available for Android, iPhone, Windows)
Many retailers, including Best Buy Co. Inc., Target Inc. and Toys R Us Inc., are promising to match cheaper prices you find online, hoping you’ll buy on the spot and not wait until you can get to Amazon’s website.
To take advantage of that, install Amazon.com Inc.’s app on your phone. You can scan barcodes of items in the retail store and see how much it costs on Amazon. If you find a better price, show the app to a cashier. I’ve gotten cashiers at Best Buy, Target and Toys R Us to knock off as much as $10 on different items. The savings can add up.
The RedLaser app, which is owned by eBay Inc., searches several online retailers, giving you more chances to find better prices than if you just searched Amazon.
Use both to make sure you are getting the lowest price.
— Cartwheel by Target (Available for Android, iPhone)
I tried apps for several retailers, but Target’s was the best. Cartwheel is easy to use and has coupons for everything from electronics to toys to cereal.
You can search for coupons by category as well as “collections,” such as items to help ease a cold or holiday decorations. Once you find a coupon you want to use, you tap the add button. Then present the cashier with a single barcode that has collected all the coupons you selected. These coupons don’t work online, only inside Target stores.
The best part is that they can be used on top of other coupons you may find elsewhere. That can increase your savings a lot.
— Flipp (Available for iPhone)
I never remember to save retailers’ promotional fliers that come in newspapers, even when I come across one that’s tempting to use. They’re hard to carry around, and they usually end up in the trash.
The Flipp app can help. Flipp works with retailers and turns fliers digital. The digital version is identical to the paper one, and you can flip through it with a flick of your finger. You can also search by a store’s name and digitally “clip” deals you want to save.
If there’s a store you shop at often, you can have new fliers automatically appear.
While at Macy’s, I found a flier that offered $10 off a $25 purchase. Several people ahead of me in line had the coupon cut out of the paper flier. I gave the cashier the coupon from the Flipp app.
You can also use the app to build a shopping list or compare prices from different stores.
Unfortunately, there’s no Android version yet. The app just launched in November.
Amazon app: http://amzn.to/V0EMS6
Cartwheel by Target app: http://cartwheel.target.com
Flipp app: http://www.flipp.com
RedLaser app: http://redlaser.com
RetailMeNot app: http://www.retailmenot.com/mobile