Use Smart Phone to Shop Smart

The technology that we have access to now is just amazing! I have discovered I can use my smartphone to do some smart shopping.

Use Smart Phone to Shop Smart

Smart Phones

The technology that we have access to now is just amazing! I have discovered I can use my smartphone to do some smart shopping. At Best Buy, I overheard another customer say to the sales clerk, “I want to price match to your own website.” By eavesdropping, I learned that their website had an additional $20.00 off on the particular item he was purchasing. Those who had not been on their site would not know this and would pay the extra $20.00. After this conversation, I pulled out my smartphone and got online.

There are a number of different applications with different names available for smartphones with names like RedLaser, ShopSavvy, and Google Shopper. The app allowed me to scan in the barcode of an item and find out where it was least expensive. Because Best Buy has a Price Match Guarantee that says, “If you find a lower advertised price on the same available brand and model prior to your purchase or during the exchange and return period, we will match that price. Simply bring in the ad of the local retail competitor or Best Buy, while the lower price is in effect and receive your price match,” we were able to get the lower price. In my case, the item was cheapest at Wal-Mart, in fact, it was $95.00 cheaper. The sales associate had to speak to her manager, but in the end, I got the lower price and I didn’t have to run from store to store to get the best deal.

Those without a smartphone can still compare items online and find the best prices. One website that compares for you is www.slifter.com. Enter the UPC code or item name along with your zip code and it will tell you the stores that have the item and where it costs the least. Another website www.BOGOfetcher.com gives you all of the local grocery store ads in one spot so you can get the best food deals for your family. Websites and apps will really come in handy in the upcoming holiday season. Other uses for the applications include scanning the barcode to find out more information about any item, storing items in a wish list for future purchases, or locating a store that carries hard to find items. You can also request an alert when the price of an item drops. Smart phones with web access and apps to help you compare prices are a great way to shop smart and save some money.

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