There’s an App for That: The Best Smartphone Apps Every Shopper Needs

    While it’s true that smartphones are one of the best devices the digital age as blessed the everyday American with, it’s the downloadable apps that make our smartphones so attached to our hips. Facebook and Instagram keep us connected with our close friends and families, LinkedIn keeps us in the know about new job openings, and our favorite web browsers keep us informed at all times.

    As consumers, we’ve grown less tied to shopping malls and more fond of online shopping that allows us to shop boutiques and departments stores all around the globe. Whether you’re in the market for a new pair of jeans or a new car, there’s an app for that! These 5 apps are shopper essentials that you need to download ASAP!

    1. Dosh

    Who it’s for: People who love earning cash back on shopping sprees, nights out, and gas tank fill-ups will be pleasantly surprised to see just how much they can earn back after shopping at many of their favorite shops.

    How it works: Download the app, connect your credit or debit card, and spend as you normally would. Every time you swipe, Dosh locates available offers that match your transactions and redeems them— putting that cash-back money into your Dosh wallet.

    Where can I get it: Dosh is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

    1. Etsy

    Who it’s for: Artsy creatives who are interested in selling their unique crafts, or artsy collectors interested in expanding their array of gorgeous goods. Etsy is full of independent artists selling their handcrafted goods to people who appreciate quirky jewelry and pretty prints.

    Where can I get it: Etsy is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

    1. iSeeCars

    Who it’s for: Anyone in the market for a used car should saddle their smartphones up with iSeeCars. Whether you’re searching for a used Mercedes near Pembroke Pines or a used Tesla near Miami, iSeeCars gives you the rundown on everything you need to know about your desired vehicle— and it’s free to download!

    Where can I get it: iSeeCars is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and the Amazon Market.

    1. RetailMeNot

    Who it’s for: If you like the sound of saving time and money, RetailMeNot is the app for you. Score deals on everything from Dominos pizza to Bed Bath and Body Works gift sets. In addition to giving you access to a number of exclusive coupons, RetailMeNot also allows you to earn cash back!

    How it works: Redeem coupons with downloadable barcodes for in-store scanning or copy and paste codes for online shopping deals. Turn on notifications to get alerts when your favorite shops are having big clearance sales.

    Where can I get it: RetailMeNot is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

    1. Chewy
      Who it’s for: Best known as the place where pet lovers shop, Chewy is any pet owners one-stop-shop for caring for their furry friend. This nifty app allows you to shop for food for dogs, cats, fish, birds, and everything in between. Need a pet prescription for a sick pup? Chewy’s got you covered!

    How it works: By allowing users to manage auto-ships, you never have to worry about running low on food for your pet ever again. Create a profile for your pet to get expert recommendations for food and supplies based on your pet’s breed, age, and lifestyle.

    Where can I get it: Chewy is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

    Honorable Mentions:

    • Groupon: Great deals on everything from 7-day international getaways to cash-back deals for local oil changes.
    • Honey: Scours the web to locate coupons for all of your online shopping carts.
    • AfterPay: Lets you run wild with your shopping cart by breaking down total payments into four easy payments. No big shopping bills to ruin a week’s budget!
    • Google Express: Everything you need from grocery items to electronics— all within one huge online store.

    When it doubt, try an app out! Make this year all about deals and savings, and with a smartphone in your pocket, you’re already halfway there!

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