It may be the middle of summer, but back-to-school shopping will be here before you know it.
If you're a parent living in the digital age and want some help on how to make shopping less stressful, there are some free apps that you won't want to miss.
WPRI.com digital journalist and mom blogger Courtney Caligiuri, joined The Rhode Show with a few free apps to download.
As consumers, who doesn't want to grab a deal? There's a way to do that without wasting too much time searching for one.
"Searching for weekly coupons is great if you have the time. But, RetailMeNot will help find discounts on the spot, right from your phone. It can also search stores based on your location. Search for school supplies, clothing and anything else. And pull coupons up to use in store right on the phone," Courtney said.
Another app that is extremely helpful when shopping at multiple locations is RedLaser.
"This app will save you the time and hassle of running from store to store comparing prices. All you have to do is scan a barcode or enter the item name and RedLaser will find the best prices online and at local stores."
Once school starts, sometimes older kids need to buy school books, especially if your child is in college.
"Gather your list of books needed, then use the Amazon Student app to scan the books barcodes, and it'll give you a shopping cart full of the books you need at really low prices. This same app also allows you to sell those same books back," Courtney explained.
And, if you're a parent who is still window shopping and not ready to buy back-to-school stuff, there's an app for you too!
" ShopKick is a shopping rewards program. There's no plastic card, application or rules. First download the app, then walk into your favorite stores and you'll automatically rack up points called "kicks." No applications to fill out, no purchase required. You can use your kicks to treats yourself to a free latte or some awesome jeans you've been eyeing."
The best part, all of these apps are free!
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