There’s no escaping it: The holiday shopping season is officially upon us, which means it’s time to get serious about gift giving and holiday spending. The good news is that this year, with the wealth of mobile apps that make holiday shopping more convenient (and cheaper!) than ever, there’s no need to shell out a bunch of cash on presents you can’t afford.
Check out these four apps that will not only save you money during the holidays, but they’ll make holiday shopping more fun, too.
Manilla is a free and secure service that lets you manage your bills and accounts all in one place and is a great tool to use to save money this holiday season. You can manage virtually all of your household accounts, including your finances, utility bills, daily deals, magazine and Netflix subscriptions, travel rewards programs, and more with this consumer and user friendly service.
By using Manilla.com’s mobile apps for iPhone and Android, you are able to track your spending while you do your holiday shopping. You will actually save money because you will receive a text or email reminder to pay bills on time, use your daily deals and travel rewards before they expire. That means you can use the money you save in late fees on holiday gifts and more.
Hukkster is a bookmarklet that you can add to your browser’s bookmarks bar. By clicking the “hukk-it” button when you find a product online — whether it’s a gift for someone special or that little something you’d like for yourself — you can select the discount you seek. Hukkster will then notify you by email or text alert the moment the product goes on sale.
Additionally, Hukkster has a wish list sharing option that helps organize your holiday shopping. This feature allows you to separate your holiday gift ideas into lists like “Gifts for Mom” or “Holiday Wish List.” You are then able to share the lists with others.
Shopcade is another great app for holiday shopping. With Shopcade, you can discover what’s most relevant to you by viewing what’s hot and trending the most among your friends and people like you in your trending feed. You can also search by brand, by category, deals or even by specific product while always being able to find the best price. Users then build their own Shopcades by creating their own shopping lists for themselves, friends and family by adding products to their Shopcades. They can then share those lists with anyone that they desire.
Shopcade always features the latest offers and promotions so our users can find the best price while buying from their favorite brands and/or retailers. The best part is that a user earns points for all of their activities in Shopcade, and she can then redeem the points for products and gift cards from their favorite brands.
This holiday season, Shopcade will be creating a huge Christmas Countdown. Every day, they will be featuring giveaways ranging from products to Shopcade points. Some of your favorite brands will be taking over Shopcade for the day and offering exclusive promotional offers and prizes to help users check off their holiday shopping lists this holiday season.
RedLaser is a useful price comparison app that allows you to do your research before you shop. With RedLaser, you can search for the item you want to buy, compare prices, make the purchase and then pick it up in the store. When you’re buying gifts this year, RedLaser can help you decide where you should make the purchase so you avoid emptying your wallet.
This holiday season, you can give yourself the gift of convenience by utilizing the wealth of web and mobile apps that are right at your fingertips. Use these free apps to avoid the stress of finding the perfect gifts for your family and friends and to keep your holiday budget in check.
Sarah Kaufman is the managing editor of the Manilla Blog and money-saving contributor from Manilla.com, the free and secure service that lets you manage all of your bills and accounts in one place online or on your mobile device.