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Why Saving Time is Almost as Important as Saving Money When Shopping

You want to stick to a budget while managing your time

Chris Oritz Staff Reporter

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I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now without Mint. I recommend Mint to everyone I know struggling to make ends meet.
- Jesse Kaufman, user

Americans spend on average 15 hours on gift shopping, according to a study by Consumer Reports. Female shoppers average 20 hours while male shoppers average 10 hours. And those times don’t account for the 3.5 hours waiting to pay for those gifts.

So one way to save some coin when shopping for that perfect gift is to use an app that reads barcodes and does the price comparison shopping for you.

For instance, ShopSavvy is an app that uses product search technology to search 30,000 retailers instantly for the best deal. ShopSavvy co-founder John Boyd said 30 million shoppers have downloaded and used ShopSavvy to save money when shopping. Boyd said there are new developments for the app coming down the road.

“We're updating our shopping extension also which should be available soon and hoping to bring those customers the best of ShopSavvy on the web,” he said. “We are also rolling out a neutral network to help identify the product you are looking for more quickly and accurately. We're building the best way to search for products on your phone.”

In addition, the app features a keyword search just in case a shopper doesn’t have a barcode handy.

Boyd said he’s heard from users who use the app to price match in stores expecting to get a lower price. “Their biggest gripe is when a store won’t honor their own price match policy,” he said.

Still, there are ways to save money on gifts beyond just the point of purchase. It might also help to have a budget so you don’t overspend when shopping for a loved one’s gift.

‘I Have a Coupon for That’

There’s no quicker way to get buyer’s remorse than to discover a coupon for a gift you just purchased. Luckily, there are apps like CouponCabin, which can help you find coupons for items you’re already looking for.

Launched in 2003, CouponCabin is a user-friendly app that finds coupons from hundreds of retailers. The app also features exclusive coupons from retailers such as Fossil and Bloomingdale’s. And if finding the perfect coupon isn’t a good enough deal, CouponCabin also offers a cashback program, which will help your wallet after a big gift shopping spree. The app has partnerships with 3,500 stores for its cashback program.

Budgets Can Help You From Going Overboard

Mint is a popular app that helps track your spending. In the app, you also can set budgets for events like the holidays or an upcoming birthday.

Furthermore, users can connect their banking and credit card accounts with the Mint app so it can track not only how much you’re spending, but what you’re spending all your hard-earned money on.

Mint says it can help you manage your money with its daily budget planner, which automatically suggests budget goals based on your spending. You can also create and adjust budget goals within the app.

“I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now without Mint,” said user Jesse Kaufman. “I recommend Mint to everyone I know struggling to make ends meet.” 

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Why Saving Time is Almost as Important as Saving Money When Shopping