Whether you’re still stocking up on school supplies, eyeing a pretty backpack, or are already thinking about the approaching holiday season (seriously, it’ll be here sooo fast), fall can be filled with shopping.
And while snagging new boots and outfitting your kids in super cute sweaters is fun, all that shopping can wreak havoc on your budget.
Enter these five shopping apps, all of which will help you save money—in really different ways—while shopping this season. Just think of how many extra chai lattes you’ll be able to sip while watching the leaves change…
Hollar brings the “dollar-store experience” to an app. No, not the cluttered shelves and crowded, hectic aisles, but the ability to buy lots of products for way less money, in categories like toys, school supplies ($5 backpacks!), and electronics ($1 Macbook Air keyboard cover!). And shipping is free on purchases over $25, so the savings just keeps adding up.
It may be time to let go of Craigslist and Ebay. Letgo makes it easy to buy and sell used stuff, whether you’re looking for cheap dorm decor for fall or need to finally do something with the clothes your kiddies wore once and then immediately grew out of. As many as 300,000 items are posted for sale on the app each day, so there’s plenty of selection, and posting your items takes seconds. You can also search by your location to make it easy to pick up large items and chat with potential buyers easily within the app.
Want to make money by shopping? Sign up for Ebates (it’s just one click if you use Facebook sign-up) and then browse cash-back deals at over 2,000 stores (like Sephora, Old Navy, and Amazon), some of which are pretty mind-boggling. For instance, if you click the Macy’s deal, you’ll be informed you’ll earn six percent cash back. It’ll redirect you to Macy’s website and then when you finish shopping, six percent of your purchase total will be deposited in your Ebates account to spend later. It’s like money-making magic?
Apps can even help if you prefer to shop IRL instead of online. Retale finds deals offered in your area and directs you to stores nearby where you can find them. Think savings at retailers like CVS, Stop & Shop, and Radio Shack. Click on a deal and the app allows you to save it and will show you a map with the locations that are closest to you.
There’s nothing worse than buying that fancy desk you’d had your eye on forever to give your home office an upgrade, only to see it go on sale a few days after it’s assembled in your space. Slice tracks all of your online purchases (yay, organization!), lets you know if prices drop after you buy, and helps you get refunds if they do. It also just released a browser extension called Slice Watch, which will alert you if the product you’re after goes on sale.
Do you use any apps I didn’t mention to save you money while shopping? Share them in the comments below!