Shopping is either pure bliss or torture, depending on who you ask. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on, Android apps will help you save money and allow you to become a more efficient shopper (which I’m sure appeals to most of you). So what does that entail? It’ll give the shopaholics more bang for their buck, which is never a bad thing. Perhaps even more importantly, these Android apps will provide homophobes what they really crave- less time in the stores!
The pure power and functionality of these Android apps can really make shopping virtually an all-new experience. No matter if these apps function as a shopping list, database, storefront, or supplemental knowledge source, they’re all squarely aimed at one thing: if you use them, they will save you money!
You’re getting a feeling like Android shopping apps, in general, might help you, right? Well, here are 10 Android apps that will save you money while they help you fulfill all your shopping needs and desires. Oh, and did I mention that all these ten are completely FREE to download?
Want to know more about an item you saw on the rack? Just use SnapTell to scan the barcode of any CD, DVD, book, or video game, and you will be able to get all the information you could need. What type of information? Well, if you want some more cursory information, that’ll work. Most notably, if you want to see how the price stacks up to other distributors, it can do that for you in seconds. This app could be a big-time money-saver for you if you take the time to use it before you make that next media purchase!
Key Ring Reward Cards
This is a convenient app to consolidate all your clutter in your purse/wallet while ensuring that you don’t lose valuable reward/loyalty cards. How does it work? All you do is take a snapshot of the barcode of your reward card (just about any decent-sized company with a rewards program is in the database- over 650 programs) and enter some basic information about the store. That’s it; you’re now ready to use your phone as your reward card at that store in the future by pulling up your reward information from that store on this Android app. It’s probably not for non-techies or those who crave extreme simplicity. It is, however, a great idea and technology that will no doubt get crisper in the future.
If you don’t mind carrying all your reward cards and potentially losing one or two along the way (and having to suffer through the wait to replace the card), this free Android app sounds like a waste of time. But, if the extra inch of not-so-soft plastic padding for your rump (or the misuse of perfectly good purse space- not to mention the potential inability to use your chic tiny purse out shopping) isn’t idyllic, this app is worth the few minutes to download and get everything set up properly.
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This is the perfect app for the happy, busy family of Android phone users. It allows the kids to add all their necessary foods endlessly. When the items are purchased, they can be removed from the list (on all the Android phones it’s registered to), and then, 4 hours later, they can easily be added back onto the list! Joking aside, this is a great app to have for the new-age hyper-busy, hyper-tech families that want to become more efficient.
Hey, it costs a lot of money to keep purchasing that extra loaf of bread that your husband/wife (or even you- thanks to that undecided hmmm, don’t we need bread moment even though you just bought two loaves yesterday- yes you’re not alone!) just picked up and will end up turning green before anyone has a chance to make a sandwich with it.
OI Shopping list
To me, this app, fully named the OpenIntents Shopping list, is like the OurGroceries for the single folks out there. A family wouldn’t benefit from this app; it just has more features, and it’s not a perfect fit like the other app is for families that need a simple solution to keep up with their latest shopping needs. That being said, this app is a powerful workhorse and can really end up saving you countless hours and some decent cash at year’s end.
US Yellow Pages Search
This is one of the more useful free Android apps available, and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t 100% fit with the theme of helping you save money while shopping. I could argue that it does, but for simplicity, I’ll use an old cliche: Time is Money! Saving some time is just as good as saving cash on those busy days out and about. Having this app on your Android phone is like having 300 super-thick Yellowbook from all over the US crammed into your back pocket. Not a bad thing if you travel a decent amount or enjoy living outside of your house. It’s just a great resource to have on hand for those times when you need to find a business’s number fast.
This official app brings eBay to your Android phone. It’s crazy, but I think I like this UI better than the actual website on my computer. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad one. Nonetheless, it gives you an idea that this Android app was developed correctly and really hit the mark. That is if you’re an eBay fan; if you’re not, sorry!
Similar to eBay’s Android app, this beauty from Amazon brings all the functionality from the full-sized website to your Android phone. It’s amazing how seamless this transition appears for these giant resellers. This is a great thing for us, though!
The last of the GIANT resellers’ Android apps on this list, I promise. Well, kind of: if you don’t include Groupon in your list of “resellers,” I haven’t lied to you. So, if you’ve ever used Craigslist, you know how utterly important it is to check out a potential “killer item” within 5 minutes of it being posted and subsequently be the first handful of people to contact the seller to have any hopes of actually ending up with it in your possession.
That being said, if you use Craigslist and you have an Android phone! Haha, sorry to scream, but if you’re going to use this portal of goodness with the hopes of eventually buying something you want/need, you have to have instant access to newly posted items. The only way to do that (I’m taking liberties assuming you aren’t a recluse and on your home computer 24/7) is to have access “on-the-go” to instant notifications for your set of items that interest you and also a way to view them. This app performs both of these necessary actions and does them well.
*Please, for your sake, if you want to be the guy (gal) bragging about the awesome deal you got on the “coolest thing in the world” instead of the not-so-happy version of you regrettably telling the story about “the one that got away” to anyone who will listen, download this app!*
This is the official app from the immensely popular and rapidly growing Groupon website. This site has a “cult-like” following (not in a bad way!) which actually benefits its users. Essentially, the more people that use their services, the more offers are presented to the users, and that helps all of us save a good amount of money! This free Android app ensures that you’re never out of the “Groupon loop,” and you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the appealing offers wherever you may be.
The Coupons App
Another money-saving coupon app? Yes! That’s all I can say- the prospects of saving a buck in this economy is a powerful force, it seems. I’m almost a bit surprised at myself that I didn’t completely inundate this “shopping list” with coupon apps (patting myself on the shoulder for spreading out the love). If only I could go back in time to 1989 and use this app instead of clipping 500-plus coupons from the Sunday paper (for my mom). Well, those were good times- minus the paper cuts.
What’s this Android app going to do for you? Anything and everything coupon-related; it brings the coupons with you on your phone and allows you to find new ones even while you’re at the store! That’s pretty awesome for those of us not commanding “Top CEO” salaries…
There’s only one free Android app that I would consider putting on this list. The reason is that it’s probably the most important app for everyone to download today. I consider it more of a “mandatory app” than an Android shopping app, and that’s why it’s here.
The app I’m speaking of is the Barcode Scanner. Among other things, it allows you to browse the web on your computer and take a photo of the QR Code of an app you’re interested in downloading. Once the code is processed (which takes very little time- talking seconds), the corresponding Android app’s download page appears in the Google Marketplace! It’s that simple and works like a charm once you get past the short “operator error” stage that plagues most of us.