With the new school year just weeks away, retailers are gearing up for one of their busiest times – second only to the holiday shopping season.
According to the National Retail Federation's back-to school survey, families with school age children will spend an average of $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics this year – down from $688.62 last year.
With that in mind, many bargain-hunting parents will turn to mobile technology to help them add up their back-to-schools savings.
Mobile couponing apps, like SnipSnap Coupon lets shoppers toss out the scissors and let their phones do the clipping. Shoppers simply snap a photo of printed offers, and SnipSnap converts all of the text, images and barcodes into mobile-optimized offers which can be redeemed at stores. In-store reminders are pushed to mobile devices to remind shoppers about saved coupons. This app is free and available on Apple and Android devices.
Finding the right product at the right price is easy with ShopSavvy and other free barcode scanners that are available on Apple and Android devices. Simply aim the phone's camera at the product's barcode, wait for the beep and ShopSavvy will provide a list of online and local prices at competing retailers.
Several free discount calculators are available for both Android and Apple devices. The handy calculators can be used to quickly determine how much will be saved and what the final price will be on discounted products.