As a nation it’s probably fair to say that we’re addicted to two things – shopping and our mobiles phones.
If we’re not cruising the aisles hunting for a bargain then we’re obsessively playing our Smart Phones to the point they’re all but surgically attached to our bodies. So what better way to indulge in two of our greatest enthusiasms than by combining them both?
We’re spoiled for choice with the amount of stores and products to choose from and it’s becoming increasingly the same with the panoply of apps on the market designed to make the whole shopping experience an easier, more rewarding and fulfilling one. Oh, the agony of choice.
Shopping also very often goes hand-in-hand with the concept of saving money – something we’re all keen to do in these times of cutting back and austerity – and some apps are designed to help you be more frugal with your pennies.
So to help eliminate the possibility of your head exploding through the sheer array of apps available, the following compilation should be of some use in helping you pick out some of the best on the market.
This is a recently launched cashback website that rewards users with exclusive money-saving offers just for checking in to certain high street stores and restaurants. You need pay full price for a meal ever again.
Though we’re all partial to indulge in our passion for shopping and splashing the cash when we have a few quid in our back pocket, it’s always useful to have one eye on your bank balance to avoid any unnecessary overspending. PayPal and other banking apps are great way to keep a watchful eye on your finances. If, like me, you’re terrible at budgeting, it’s also an invaluable tool to help manage your money more effectively.
If you’re bit slap-dash and disorganised, this is the perfect way to bring some semblance of order to your errands. And if one thing’s for certain, we all need to make time for shopping.
This fantastic app allows you to do practically everything you can do online, plus you can scan barcodes to search for product reviews, check prices and add items to your wish list. It’s also a good tool for budgeting and working towards saving up for something you really want by using gift cards and reward sites.
Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are all showing their eagerness to embrace new technology by releasing apps that let you search for products online, check out special offers, compile your own shopping list and locate your nearest branch. The Tesco Calc Lite app also lets you scan the products to tot up the cost and thereby avoid any potentially embarrassing over-spend moments at the till.
This is a great barcode reading app that allows you to scan products on the shop floor and compare them with prices for other similar items.
Everyone loves a bargain and this app uses up-to-the minute GPS technology to pinpoint offers and discounts near you, which you can select by pressing the redeem button which sends the money-saving voucher directly to your phone screen.
These apps are a continuing and burgeoning trend in the world of CRM software that enhances the links and benefits for both retailer and consumer.
What other apps do you use regularly that think are invaluable in making your shopping experiences a lot easier?
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