Thursday, December 9, 2010

As Heard on KTAR...Save Money With Your Smart Phone!

I've only had my Android for a few weeks, and it's already saving me money. If you pick the right apps, you can make sure you never pay too much for anything.

My favorites:

The app thefind is truly amazing. You press the "scan" tab and your camera automatically turns on with a flash and a red line ready to read any barcode. After a second or two, a list of stores and online retailers that carry the item you've scanned comes up with prices. This can definitely come in handy for big-ticket items like TV's, vacuum cleaners, appliances, etc. It's a very powerful negotiating tool if you're not in the mood to go to another store. You can also search for prices if you don't have a barcode to scan. Scanning barcodes can get addictive, especially when you see how much money you can save!

TheCouponsApp is made for the Android and offers lots of great coupons. The main screen lets you know the average price of gas in your area and where you can get the best price. There is a list of coupons that you can take advantage of without every needing a piece of paper. To redeem, just bring your phone into the business and show it to the cashier, they'll be able to look at the coupon and give you the discount. They have coupons for restaurants, shops, bookstores, entertainment, and more. One out of every ten Android owners has this app, if you don't, you should.

The Cellfire app has grocery offers and a few retail offers. What I love about it is that it ties directly into your Fry's VIP card (so far that's the only local grocery store). You can flip through and select what coupons you'd like and they'll be loaded directly onto your Fry's VIP card. So you'll get all of the savings with none of the frustration or embarassment of handing over a stack of coupons. Cellfire will also work on your computer, but the app is so convenient. If you're using Cellfire for retail offers, just hand your phone to the cashier to look at. A very easy way to save.

Couponsherpa is an iPhone app that brings lots of local coupons directly to your phone. The interesting thing about this app is that each coupon comes with a barcode that the cashier can actually scan. I don't have an iPhone, but I've heard that a lot of people really like this app!

The Alicia's Deals in AZ iPhone, Android, and Blackberry app should be out right around Christmas! This free app will help you live life better for less in our beautiful state! Please look out for it. :-)

If you'd like more information about these apps, or direct invitations to join them, please e-mail me at

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-Alicia :-)