The average American spent approximately $885 on gifts for the holidays last year. Does that amount make you worry? You’re not alone. Here are some apps that can help you keep your holiday finances under control.
Before you hit the stores, you should know how much you actually have to spend. PocketGuard not only lets you see all your finances in one place, it lets you know how much you have “in your pocket”—the money left over after you’ve paid all bills and set aside some money for savings.
ShopSavvy helps you find the lowest price available on any gift on your list. If you’re in a store, use the app to scan a product’s barcode and compare all the best prices on the Internet and at nearby, local stores. The app can even help you drop the price at the register using the store’s own price match policy.
If you’re an iPhone user, Santa’s Bag can help you stay organized and on budget for gift shopping. The app combines a shopping list, budget tracker, places for gift ideas, and a Christmas countdown clock. Plus, it’s ad-free and has hundreds of positive reviews.
Android users can manage their shopping list and budget with Christmas Gift List. Enter gift ideas as you receive them, set a gift budget for each person, and mark the gift as purchased as you do your shopping! The app also lets you set reminders for things like wrapping your gifts.
The RetailMeNot app gives you thousands of nearby deals for your favorite stores and restaurants. Search for deals near you by ZIP code or area—there’s also a handy mall map to plot your savings adventure.
Don’t be the average American – plan for your holiday shopping this year and stay on budget. These smart apps can help.