Tech the Halls with These 5 Holiday Money Saving Apps

by Erica Starr 9. December 2013

Smartphones

"Appy" Holidays everyone! 'Tis the the season to not only Deck the Halls, but you might as well try to “Tech the Halls” with these holiday money saving apps that will not only help you save some money this holiday season but also some good ol’ sanity (which we know has infinite value this time of year).

Slice

Holy life saver, Santa! Rated one of the Top 10 Productivity Apps You Shouldn’t Be Without by Business Insider, the Slice app is the ultimate online shopping companion and package tracker. By syncing with your email inbox, Slice tracks of all of your purchases and e-receipts, notifies you when your purchases have been shipped, are out for delivery, and have been delivered, and even alerts you if the price drops on a recent purchase you made. To sum it up, this app is your right hand man for the holiday season.

Slice Cost: FREE
Available for: iPhone, Android
https://www.slice.com/shopping_intro

RedLaser & ScanLife

Have you ever made a purchase and then walked into the store across the street and found the exact same product for less? Or even worse, gotten to your car, checked your email and saw an offer from Amazon (let’s be honest, once you’ve visited Amazon.com once, Amazon knows everything about you and your shopping habits) for half the price AND free shipping? Yeah, me too. Fear no more friends! With the RedLaser and ScanLife apps, you are able to scan any product’s barcode right from your smartphone and find out if another store (either a local retail store or online) is offering that same product at a cheaper price. Better yet, if you are at a store that ad matches (Walmart, Best Buy and Target to name a few), you can walk up to the register, show them the cheaper price on your phone and 9 times out of 10 they’ll match the price. Viola!

RedLaser Cost: FREE
Available for: iPhone, Android, Windows
http://redlaser.com/

ScanLife Cost: FREE
Available for: iPhone, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, Nokia
http://www.scanlife.com/

ReturnGuru

Never again will you miss the deadline to return and item. With the ReturnGuru app, all you have to do is take a picture of your gift receipts and ReturnGuru will notify you before it is too late to return your unwanted item. But wait, it doesn’t stop there. ReturnGuru will also keep copies of all of your receipts along with each store’s return policy so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of all of your paper receipts.

ReturnGuru Cost: FREE
Available for: iPhone, Windows
http://www.returnguru.com/

Drync & Hello Vino

Ah, every wine drinkers dream. During the holidays, there always comes a time when you either have to pick up a bottle of wine to bring to a party, or being the host, you have to supply the wine. The Drync app allows you to scan your favorite wine labels (like a bar code) using image recognition, search for your favorite wines, read reviews and notes about differnt wines and even purchase wine, all through the app (some limitations apply).

Drync Cost: FREE
Available for: iPhone
http://www.drync.com/

Hello Vino is another wine app that helps you pick that perfect bottle of wine. You can search through its extensive library and pick out a nice bottle of vino based on price, region, year or even the type of food you are planning to pair with the wine.

Hello Vino Cost: FREE
Available for: iPhone, Android
http://www.hellovino.com/

Key Ring

Let’s play a game. How many rewards key tags do you have on your key ring right now? If it’s over three, you need this app. The Key Ring app allows you to scan and store images of all of your rewards key tags, enroll in new loyalty programs, and access exclusive coupons and discounts. Now you don’t have to lug around your 10 pound key ring and you can still reap the benefits of all of your rewards programs.

Key Ring Cost: FREE
Available for: iPhone, Android
http://www.keyringapp.com/

So now you are fully equipped to take on the holiday season. With these 5 apps, you’ve taken the power back from the retailers and gotten the best possible price on the best possible gift. And if all else fails, at least now you have a good bottle of wine (or five) to enjoy with family and friends.

For more money savings tips check out:

4 Free Money Saving Apps

4 Ways to Control Excessive Spending This Holiday Season

The Best Things to Buy in the Winter



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