Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the holiday shopping season is upon us.
To start your splurge off on the right foot, here’s your boring piece of financial advice from “Buzz Kill Jill”: DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY! Yes, the economy is doing well and yes, many of you are enjoying higher take home pay, but get your head on straight and don’t go crazy.
With that out of the way, get organized and download apps that can help you save money. ShopSavvy allows you to scan the barcode of any product and compare all the best prices on the Internet and at nearby, local stores. Shopular provides news of deals, coupons and location-based notifications; and members of the community can communicate with one another and swap savings tips. Flipp creates digital versions of circulars from retailers and combines coupons with these local flyers for savings.
You should also check out Honey, a free browser extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes at checkout for over 30,000 shopping sites, including Amazon.
While we’re at it, let’s add another to the list: Swoup.
What is it and how does it work? Well, that’s best left to today’s guest, CEO and founder Phil Parrotta.
The nutshell version is that Swoup helps you save money with an easy swipe. Swipe left to discard, swipe up to send to a friend or swipe right to keep and use an offer. Once in your Swoup Wallet, the app will organize your saved offers by retailer, product category and expiration.
Offers you find on Swoup can be used when you go shopping at participating retailers either in-store or online, whichever you prefer. Simply give your retailer loyalty card or phone number at checkout and your discounts are automatically applied.
Swoup helps put your savings to work with minimal effort and no impact on your budget. It’s your savings…well spent!
If you have a money question, just email me!
“Better Off” is sponsored by Betterment.
“Better Off” theme music is by Joel Goodman, www.joelgoodman.com.