Holiday shopping survival guide: Apps to help you save

Holiday shopping survival guide: Apps to help you save

PORTLAND, Ore. – Is the “blowout price” on that gift your child just has to have really the best deal you can get?

With Black Friday approaching and the holiday shopping season hitting high gear, many shoppers can now arm themselves with the latest go-to gadget that can find you the lowest price on just about anything: the ubiquitous app-laden smart phone.

The latest shopping apps come with a built-in bar code scanner, so finding the best price is as simple as scanning the UPC symbol – or in some cases just taking the photo of a product – and waiting a few seconds for your phone to comb to Internet for the best deal.

Most all shopping apps give results for deals at retail stores and online dealers.

KATU Problem Solver Shellie Bailey-Shah put several shopping apps to the test in a recent visit to a local retail outlet.

The first test subject was the popular Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console, selling for a penny less than $400 at Target.

Using an app called “theFind,” a quick scan pulled up a price of just $229 at Walmart, a savings of $171. However, that price did not include shipping. theFind app also lists shipping costs along with sales tax, if applicable.

A standout app in the test was ShopSavvy, which gave online and retail prices as well as product reviews. It also showed prices in nearby stores.

In KATU’s test, the ability of an app to find a price and vendor location varied from app to app.