Holiday Shopping Top 5 Apps

Turn your smartphone into a secret weapon for savings.

ByABC News via GMA logo
December 8, 2010, 5:02 PM

Dec. 8, 2010— -- In the quest to find the best bargains this holiday season, your smartphone may be your secret weapon. New applications on the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry have shifted the power back into the hands of you, the consumer. Score deals, find savings, and cut your costs dramatically. Here is a countdown: the High 5 holiday shopping apps.

#5: Coupon Sherpa

Who doesn't love saving money? And for all you savvy shoppers, the coupon can be your best friend. But searching through mailng ads and Sunday newspapers for decent deals is time-consuming work.

Enter the Coupon Sherpa. This app searches high and low for the best mobile coupons available. Find one by searching for the store name or by category, then just show it on your phone at check out.

#4: Shopkick

Holiday shopping can be exhausting. Going through all the aisles, looking for the right products, trying not to spend too much money, and getting no reward for your hard work. Until now. Shopkick is an app designed to make the whole experience a little less stressful and a little more interactive.

Shoppers are rewarded wtih kickbucks, which are basically frequent flyer miles for shoppers. Earn them just for walking into a store. There's no need to check in as with other location-based services. A device located inside the store emits a signal automatically picked up by your phone. Retailers also reward you with kickbucks for trying on clothes or scanning a barcode.

You can then redeem your kickbucks for a variety of items, including discounts, gift cards, movie tickets, even donations to charity.

#3: Gas Buddy

Driving around from store to store trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list can drain your gas tank and your wallet. Prices for gas can vary as much as 20 percent from station to station, so where you fill up can start to add up.

Gas Buddy is an app that helps you find the cheapest gas within reach. Just enter your ZIP code, or let the app figure out your current location by GPS. Gas Buddy will tell you all of the gas stations in your area, how close they are, and what they're charging.