Smartphones are called smart for a reason…
They help us navigate, search things online, and can even understand words when we talk..
Emily Medalen explains one of the most convenient “smart” qualities our phones have that you may not be using.
Our phones are pretty much a part of everything we do – in some way at least.
But – have you ever thought of using them to shop?
I don’t mean browsing online… I mean using them to save money on things you buy every day.
Thanks to our tech guru Marlo Anderson – I found out it’s really easy – and really worth it.
“Our phones have become the new swiss army knives. We can do so many things…” says Marlo Anderson, Guru of Geek.
And he says the BEST thing we can do with our technological swiss army knife – that the old version couldn’t do – is save money.
“I think the first thing you want to do is make sure you have the app for the store that you shop at the most,” says Anderson.
“There are a number of stores in here that you can work with,” says Alice Anderson.
Anderson and his wife, Alice, showed how they save hundreds- without doing much extra work.
“That’s a really good one,” says Alice.
He says your next step to success is getting a shopper comparison app.
“A lot of times stores will price match other places – so you can actually price match right away,” says Marlo.
There are dozens of shopper comparison apps out there – I chose this one -ScanLife – but they all really work the same.
All you have to do is scan the barcode – and you’ll see a list of every store near you with that same item, and their prices.
No more running all over to every store in town – or even doing a bunch of Google searches – to find the best deal.
Other apps, like iBotta, will just send you the money you’ve saved by using their app for a discount.
“I can just cash that out. They’ll send me a check,” says Alice.
Anderson says if you use these apps every time you shop – the money you save adds up fast.
“There’s more and more things like this coming out all the time. Your phone has become the ultimate saving tool,” says Marlo.
I went out to give several of these apps a try – little excuse for me to go shopping – and I saw firsthand how much you can save.
Most stores have some sort of loyalty app these days – think of your favorite, look it up in your app store, and chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised.