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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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SaleQ provides a convenient way to calculate the final price of an...more

My husband teases me for using this app, but it's really handy when I'm shopping! It's such a pain figuring out the final sale price of an item is, especially when there's an additional savings on top of it, also calculates taxes too - LOVE.

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RELATED LIST: Best Retailer Shopping Apps by Michele McGraw

Shopping from home is so much better than braving the crowds. What...more

Michelle handpicks the best retailer apps from the Gap, Zappos, and more. Check it out!

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RELATED ARTICLE: How to Shop for the Holidays

Is there a sweet spot between giving yourself enough time to...more

Babble's shopping tips, avoid Back Friday: The really good lost-leader deals are often limited to a small number of customers. These offers are simply there to lure shoppers into the stores, where you'll hopefully overspend in a Black Friday frenzy.

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RELATED LIST: Fashionable Apps for Style Lovers

Snapette, Pose, Poshmark...I've seen all of these apps on some of my...more

Here are the best style apps for finding the perfect holiday outfit (and reindeer sweater)!

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Suggested by Jeff Deville

WishGenies is an eHarmony for gift recommendations. We send recommendations from members with the same interests as your recipient!

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RELATED LIST: The Nest's 10 Life-Changing Holiday Helper Apps

During this crazy, chaotic time we call the holiday season, technology...more

Some solid app recommendations here, includes my personal favorite Photogram, Tripit to survive holiday travel, check it out at the link.

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RELATED LIST: Money Crasher's Top 6 Free Black Friday Mobile Shopping Apps for Droid & Apple iPhone

Worried about losing track of the best deals and getting flustered as...more

Suggested by Money Crashers

Black Friday Ads is an awesome app that allows you to organize all the ads for stores in your area in one single place: your phone. Forget trying to keep track of all the sales & deals. This app will ensure you're getting the best bang for your b...

Larissa: Love this list and will check out the Santa's Helper App. Would love to see your holiday tips, you should create your own list and embed it on MoneyCrashers. Also be sure to add to this Black Friday list

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SAVE: dealnews Black Friday App

Suggested by ML3883

Browse "leaked" ads from over 60 major retailers. Keep up-to-date on deals that are as good as, or better than, the best deals on Black Friday.

SaleLocator is a free app and search engine that helps consumers find...more

Suggested by Meggan Finisecy Manson

Shoppers can use SaleLocator to find and sort sales by location, keyword, category or through special holiday tabs, e.g., Black Friday, Christmas. Sale items, expiration dates, merchant contact info, maps and driving directions are available.

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Robb Report Host Guide 2011

Robb Report, the definitive luxury lifestyle brand, invites you and...more

Suggested by Andrea Delesdernier

Interact, share and shop with direct purchase options. Features include a virtual wine cellar, cocktail recipes complete with video demonstrations by master mixologists, a selection of the world’s finest and rarest spirits, and much more.

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The world's largest source of information about the health, social and...more

Suggested by GoodGuide

The app makes it fast and easy to find safe, healthy, green, and ethical products, instantly delivering the information you need, when you need it most — in a store and on the go.

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Givvy - Social Gifting Application

Givvy is a social shopping app that helps users discover, share and...more

Suggested by Claudio Miranda

Givvy is incredibly useful for finding and sharing amazing gifts with your Facebook friends!

Larissa: As the "purveyor of Thoughtful Gifts", this app is right up my alley. I'll play with it this week and promote if it's list worthy. Congrats on the product launch btw, impressed that you handle: design, marketing, accounting, merchandising, legal, and PR - go Claudio!

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App Store - How To Tie a Bow

Not the full Show Me Decorating app but everyone should know how to...more

Suggested by William McCraney

When going out an buying ribbon it can be hard to find quality & the right quantity for the Christmas tree. With a yardage calculator, tips on the type of ribbon to look for & pictures of ribbon to go with themes it makes shopping os much easier!

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App Store - Show Me Decorating

"This was so helpful! I turned a really sad tree into a fun and...more

Suggested by William McCraney

Check out the recipe list! It changes based on the theme you choose! With recommendations on what to look for (and how much) in the store for the tree, ribbons, florals, balls & decorative ornaments in each step it helps you become a better shopper!

Beckymccraney: This app shows you step by step how to decorate your biggest Christmas decoration the Christmas Tree! and you know what to buy and how much!

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 Great list of apps!