Back to School: Digital Ways to Save on School Supplies

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Digital Ways to Save on School Supplies

Cell Phone Applications

While out shopping for schools supplies, you can use your cell phone to keep track of purchases and stay up to date on the latest deals.

"Mobile shopping applications can be a valuable time-saving tool, and give on-the-go consumers true convenience whenever and wherever they are -- especially during back to school time," Rowley said. For example, the Yahoo! Shopping application for iPhone and iPod Touch lets you search through and buy millions of products, including the necessary school supplies, in our vast catalog – anytime, anywhere. Whether you're out with friends, in transit or in a store, you can search, compare prices, read reviews, save, share products with others and click to buy at any one of Yahoo!'s merchant Web sites directly within the application.

The Yahoo! Shopping app for the iPhone and the iPod Touch allows shoppers to compare prices, read reviews and purchase products, all while you're on-the-go.

Price Grabber's iPhone, iPad and Android application lets you scan barcodes to find the product from a variety of retail outlets, as well as search and compare items on the go. Sccope also has a mobile application for BlackBerry and iPhone users offering similar capabilities when searching for and comparing products. The app allows you to create a wish list and keep track of prices, as well.

"To catch those bargain-basement school supply deals at your local grocery store, check out cellfire.com, which deliver the deals you choose to your cell phone or lets you upload them to your grocery store loyalty card," Rowley said.

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