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Do you remember the days of searching the stores for the best deals? You know, driving in holiday traffic, circling shopping plazas for a parking spot that isn’t a hike away, and tacking onto the tail end of a checkout line that winds throughout the store? Those were the not-so-good-ole’ days. Whether you want to avoid the holiday shopping crowds or not, there’s a smart (phone) way to shop deals this holiday season. We’re talking about apps. Let’s scroll through some of the hottest shopping apps to check out this season.
ShopSavvy is like having your very own barcode scanner, but with more features. Now, we know we said these shopping apps would keep you from fighting the lines, but ShopSavvy just might be worth visiting stores IRL (in real life). Here’s how it works. You take your device and point the camera at an item’s barcode or QR code, and voila! You have a list of details to help make the best purchase decision. You’ll learn every retailer’s price to compare options and discover which nearby stores have the product in-stock. And a perk for holiday shopping, you can save a specific item to be notified when the price drops. There’s still the option to use ShopSavvy from home with the keyword search feature. However you choose to tap into this app, you’re sure to stay in-the-know on the best deals.
Now here’s an app that’s earning all the stars by iPhone and Android users alike. See, green and blue can agree on some things, can’t we? The trick to using Wish app is to plan ahead. Although the app boasts cheap prices and ease of use, the shipping times are long. Like, really long in the world of same-day Amazon shipments. Wish is an online marketplace for customers to buy and sell inexpensive products. You shop everything from garbage bags to portable hard drives. Although you may end up getting what you pay for, the prices can’t be beat on Wish, and you can find all your stocking stuffers from this one app. When shopping on Wish, just do a little research before adding to the cart and keep the shipping times in mind.
How can you go wrong with an app named after the jolly man himself? This festive app was recommended by the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, and more. Forget scribbling down holiday gift lists on scraps of paper. Santa’s Bag is the perfect way to manage your Christmas shopping all from your smartphone. This festive app comes with a Christmas countdown, budget breakdown, and gift list. Keep your gift shopping organized by importing contacts from your phone for individual present lists. You can even add in a budget per person. Maybe this helps you spend $20 on your weird uncle and $150 on your adorable nieces and nephews. Track the entire holiday shopping process from ‘idea’ to ‘wrapped’ to ‘given’ all on one cheerful app.
Do you remember when you used to have to visit yard sales and thrift stores to find unique handmade gifts? Now you can scroll your device to select the most unique hand-crafted holiday gifts for your loved ones. The Etsy app has earned stars from iPhone and Android users, and with all the personalized gift options at your fingertips, it’s no wonder! You can save items in the app, and Etsy will start to understand your preferences and recommend purchases accordingly. What a perfect way to use your phone to support local businesses. Oh, and did we mention it has multiple language support and works with Apple Pay?
Because, what’s a holiday celebration without a feast? Not only is this the season of gift buying, but it’s the most wonderful time of year for delicious meals and stretchy pants. Yep, there are apps to make grocery shopping a piece of cake (or pie) this season. One that we love is Instacart. While you’re busy wrapping gifts and baking festive treats, your Instacart order is being fulfilled and delivered to your doorstep. Fresh food, produce, drinks and other products are available for same-day delivery. Did your partner forget to grab the brandy for the eggnog? Instacart even delivers alcoholic beverages. If certain items are out of stock, your shopper will chat with you to discuss replacements. You can also enjoy a shopping list, exclusive deals, contactless delivery, and more time in your day all with Instacart.
With these helpful apps, you can start to think of your device as your holiday elf this season, working to make your shopping more magical. Don’t forget to stop into your local Verizon Victra store to snag a new smartphone for the ultimate mobile shopping experience. Our knowledgeable, friendly team members are ready to show you the exciting features, updates, and deals on each device, or you can visit our website to start scrolling the holiday deals now. Happy virtual shopping or visit us at one of our over 1500 retail locations!