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4 Ways technology can Help you Save This Holiday Season

Even in the down economy, reports are showing retailers had record breaking sales on Black Friday. If you skipped the madness this year, don’t fret, there are still plenty of ways to receive great deals this holiday season.

More than ever before, retailers are taking advantage of social media and technology to help drive sales. You may have seen some stores posting their deals on Twitter and Facebook, but there are many other ways you can score great deals through technology you might not have heard of. We’ve found some great sites, apps and programs that will give you a leg up this holiday season.

1. Price Grabber (www.pricegrabber.com)
 Price Grabber does your comparison shopping for you by finding the best online deals for the most popular items. They also give information and reviews on different products to help you make an informed decision before buying.

2. Foursquare (www.foursquare.com)
Foursquare, a free mobile phone app that allows you to “check in” to the places you’re at, is one you may have heard of. But did you know that using the app could get you free stuff or coupons? Many retailers offer discounts or free products just for checking in, so take advantage!

3. Groupon & Living Social (www.groupon.com , www.livingsocial.com)
Groupon and Living Social offer deals for places in your city. Often, the deals will be for great gift items like massages, cooking classes, or tickets to shows in the area. Just sign up on their websites or download the apps and you can start receiving daily deals.

4. Shopkick (www.shopkick.com)
Shopkick is a free app that rewards you for shopping. The app lets you go to stores and get rewards (in the form of “kicks”) just for being there. You can redeem your kicks for gift cards to a variety of different places. They also offer coupons for and special deals that you can’t find anywhere else for a variety of different stores.

With technology being such a part of our lives, it makes sense that retailers are taking advantages of technology to help gain sales. If you’re looking for ways to stretch your holiday budget, the above apps and websites can really help. Start using them today to get the most for your money this holiday season!

How has technology helped you save money? Do you use any websites or apps to get shopping deals?


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