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Yes, Virginia There’s an App for That

In this tough economy, consumers are laser-focused on finding ways to stretch their budgets, and their best tool may be in their pocket.

There are a number of smartphone applications that can help you to organize your shopping, track your spending, and let you know that you’re walking away with the best deal available.

“Shoppers are looking for deals before they are looking at brands,” said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, a New York City-based brand and customer loyalty research consultancy.

About 60 percent of shoppers will use online shopping and price comparison applications to hunt down the best deals, Passikoff said.

We’ve gathered up 10 of the best apps to help you save money this holiday season. All the apps listed here are free and widely available across multiple smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.

No doubt, shoppers will also want to look for apps from their favorite retailers and even daily deal sites such as Groupon, Gilt Group, and Living Social. There also are apps such as CheckPoints and ShopKick, which allow consumers to earn points while they shop.

Click ahead to see some of the best shopping apps out there to save you money.

By Christina Cheddar-Berk
Posted 02 November 2011

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