The holidays - with the joy of shimmering decorations and shiny bows - are right around the corner. And with the holidays comes holiday shopping which seems to go non-stop until January. There are plenty of coupon-clipping apps like RetailMeNot, which let you track down coupons to use. But what about when you're looking to budget ahead of time? And what about holiday office parties and Secret Santa get-togethers? We've brought together a list of smartphone apps to help you prepare before the season starts and make sure you get through it alive.
Consider this app, free and compatible with Android and iOS, as a handy credit card rewards tracker. Referring to itself as your "financial sidekick," Wallaby shows you which of your credit cards are the best for earning rewards while helping you avoid fees and maximizing rewards. This app is so handy you might keep using it once you make it past the end of the year.
2. Santa's Bag
This free app is for Apple users with a tracker to count down to get you excited for Christmas morning, it will help you plan out budgets for each of the people on your list. You're also able to connect to friends and family and show them what's on your wish list, to make sure you don't end up with another pair of fuzzy socks.
An app with elements of gamification that will make the holiday shopping spree fun. This is an excellent app, free for iOS and Android, if you're a big browse-before-you-buy shopper. You get rewarded with "kicks" for popping into a long list of favorite retailers. You can redeem these kicks for gift cards from said retailers, such as Sephora to TJ Maxx. You earn even more "kicks" for purchasing a bottle of wine for a last-minute holiday party, or a tube of lipstick for a coworker, in addition to scanning receipts and sharing your conquests with friends. This is the ultimate productivity app for holiday shopping.
4. Hafta Have
For some shoppers, the joy of gift-giving is hunting for months beforehand for the perfect item. Enter Hafta Have. You can scan a barcode and save it before the holiday sales start. The app will ping you when that perfect jacket or piece of jewelry goes on sale.
5. Draw Names
This app is perfect for the work Secret Santas or the big group of friends who want to have a bit of fun. This app has an Amazon wish list-plugin, so your Secret Santa can see what you really want - then click through and order it straight from Amazon. This free cell phone app works on all phones and desktops too - and it won't let you draw names until everyone has signed in.
Want to make sure your phone has enough memory to store these apps? Upgrade to keep your holiday season going smoothly. Stop in to Wireless Zone - your local Authorized Verizon Wireless retailer for the latest smartphones, tech and accesories this winter. Here's to a safe and happy holiday season!
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