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Must-Have Holiday Shopping Apps by Larissa

by Larissa, posted to Style

Here are the best holiday apps to help organize your holiday shopping, track your spending, and find the best deals - including Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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PLAN: Better Christmas List

For the third year running, Better Christmas List continues to be the...more

This one's an Apple "Staff Favorite" two years in a row.

Claudia: Perfect for women on the go. They can do everything using their phones!

EmmaOlsen: The holidays here, that means terrible music and a lot of shopping. The “Discount” available for signing up for a retail store's charge card is not what one might think. You could end up requiring payday loans to pay off the debt you get this year.

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Totally Tipster

Suggested by dlmilli

Very cool free new iphone app. Totally Tipster allows you to get product reviews and recommendations directly from friends through social media. Fun and easy to use. While shopping, just take a picture or scan a barcode - any product - add a message, and just like that your potential purchase is posted for comments from friends. Love it.

keystolope: Just downloaded and used this app for the first time. I highly recommend it.

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PLAN: mGifts

mGifts helps you to plan and track your gift giving needs for any...more

Suggested by Kevin Doel

mGifts allows you to simply and quickly view what gifts you need by a given store, event or person. mGifts will help you keep on budget while giving you the assurance that you're not missing anyone when it comes to celebrating your special day.

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You take a picture of your receipt, and it tells you if any item you...more

Suggested by Prachie Banthia

It's fantastic! It's easy to use, and makes Black Friday a day to sleep in and enjoy. I also love the feature where you pick your own price, because you may forget about the item on your own later!

Larissa: Thanks for the suggestion, Savvy is already on my list. Great minds think alike!

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COMPARE: ShopSavvy

Find the right product at the best price! Now the fastest, most...more

As recommended by We guarantee that after you score your first ShopSavvy deal, you’ll never buy anything the same way again.

Claudia: Just downloaded this app. I'm big on my deals and I like that there are coupons right on here that I can use on my next purchase.

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TRACK: Delivery Status Touch

Delivery Status Touch (US$2.99) supports more than 25 delivery...more

I buy most gifts (most things actually) online so this app is a godsend to track all my shipments and delays. “An essential tool for your package-tracking arsenal” says Gizmodo.

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TRACK: Savvy

Savvy eliminates the common problem of post-purchase price reductions...more

Suggested by Allie.rosenberg

Shoppers no longer need to bring back the goods within a period of time to activate price reductions. By simply snapping a photo using their smartphone, the Savvy app ensures that consumers only pay the best price possible.

Larissa: Great suggestion Allie! I downloaded and researched this apps and it's fantastic!! Also highly recommended on Lifejacker "Savvy for iPhone Makes Sure You Get the Best Price—Even After You’ve Bought Something":

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Local product search app

Suggested by Dmitry Pakhomkin

It has most comprehensive search functionality for local inventory of nearby retailers in the US

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Now you can navigate any mall map WITHOUT the need for GPS or WIFI....more

Killer feature: Need a bathroom? Shake your phone and it will show you where to find one.

Wavvyfella: Most definitely!!! best way to get around the mall by far!!! Easy to use too,must have ,especially with the holidays coming up

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COMPARE: Price Check by Amazon

Ever wondered if you were getting the best price on a product when you...more

Amazon’s Price Check Might Be Perfect Smartphone Shopping App, according to

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Suggested by Kyle Eberly

Awesome shopping app for iPad! Keeps everything organized, from budget, people to buy for, shopping lists, wrapped, mailed, days left to shop, to do list.... You can even shop within the app online! Easy to use, and keeps everything super organized!

Kyle Eberly: awesome! check it out :)

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SAVE: FatWallet Black Friday Deal Finder

Suggested by Natalie Sipos

FatWallet's Black Friday Deal Finder app makes it easy for holiday shoppers to sort through all the best Black Friday deals, and search by store, product, brand or price.

Larissa: Great suggestion Natalie, the interface and selection of deals seems a lot better than other apps I've seen.

Brent Shelton: This app will let the user compare prices, so those on a budget can quickly sort through all the thousands of Black Friday deals within their spending limit. That's convenience.

Heather: I love that it allows me to sort by item, category, store, or price to figure out what's the best deal. It's a good thing for the skinny budget of a busy mom of 3 with a big family to buy gifts for!

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SAVE: TGI Black Friday

Black Friday (November 25th, 2011) is the busiest shopping day of the...more

As recommended on CNBC: This app allows you to easily scan the Black Friday ads for all major retailers before they show up in the your local paper and make a personal shopping list with a touch of a finger.

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TRACK: FreePriceAlerts

The FreePriceAlerts app will REVOLUTIONIZE the way you shop! Search or...more

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FreePriceAlerts ties your online and offline shopping experience together, effortlessly. Do your research at home on just by browsing your favorite Web sites or the web site. Add products to a wish list and access them instantly w...

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SAVE: Coupon Sherpa

Finally, an application that provides hundreds of in-store coupons for...more

As seen on Mashable's 5 of the Best iPhone Apps for In-Store Savings: It’s not the coupon motherload, but you’re sure to save some money. Another bonus: Coupon Sherpa is currently free.

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App Store - Yipit - Daily Deals, Sales and Coupons

Yipit is a one stop shop for daily deals like Groupon, LivingSocial,...more

Suggested by Allie.rosenberg

Users can seamlessly find gifts for friends and family in one of Yipit’s 100 daily deal markets. Yipit lets you select gifts and deals for loved ones in any major U.S. city, all at 50-90%

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PLAN: Grocery iQ

You'll feel like a genius with Grocery IQ because you'll never forget...more

This FREE app is must-have for planning your holiday grocery shopping! Grocery IQ Is a Brilliant Grocery List Application, according to Lifehacker

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SAVE: Shopkick

This mobile app that gives you rewards and offers simply for walking...more

Words can barely explain how insanely amazing this app is, as recommended by

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Santa's Bag - Christmas Gift List

Santa's Bag is the one-stop app for Christmas planning and shopping....more

Suggested by mommyme

This app is fully customizable & an amazing tool for keeping track of all stages of planning and shopping. Single budgets can be added to set the overall budget, and each tab can be sorted to show the data you want. Check off gifts as you shop.

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SAVE: CardBank

CardBank stores all of a user's store savings cards in one place in a...more

Ladies Home Journal and NY Times recommended app to save time and money.

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 Great list of apps!