Category: Shopping Apps

Kidizen app: For buying, selling, and coveting gently used kids’ stuff.

Online consignment for children’s clothing isn’t exactly new. We’ve shown you sites like ThredUp and Swap Mamas. But now there’s the new Kidizen app that makes quick (and financially savvy) work of buying and selling kids’ clothes, toys, and gear in a socially-driven online consignment shop. And it’s got some interesting features and benefits that you might want to check out. You may have that pile of too small kids’ clothing somewhere in your house like me;  mine is in the laundry room waiting for me to do something with it. And while I feel fine donating most of it or passing it...

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Farmstand app: How to find the best farmers markets right from your phone.

If you live anywhere in the midwest or on the east coast, you know you are freezing and sick of hearing about polar vortexes. So let’s think about wonderful summer produce instead? We recently found this the great Farmstand app for iOS, which allows you to find farmers markets and local food sources in your area and share whatever looks delicious with friends. Many of us are trying to eat more local food, but it is sometimes hard for busy parents to plan ahead when you don’t know what the markets are offering or when they are open. (Example: I need broccoli,...

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Giving last minute gift cards with Gyft. Could this be any easier? (Spoiler: No, it can’t.)

When I discovered the Gyft app for Android and iOS earlier this year, it fast became one of those apps I was always showing my friends as one they need to download. I adore that I can save all my gift cards right there, protecting my poor leather wallet from the burden of 16 gift cards–or worse, never having the cards on hand at all when I end up in the store on a whim. But now that it’s the holiday season (and down to the wire at that), the app makes it super easy to send gift cards to...

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3 ways to save money shopping online – even last minute.

Featured Partner Just because Christmas is on Wednesday doesn’t mean I’m done shopping online. With rush shipping and ship to store options, I can continue to avoid the crazy last-minute holiday crowds. And hey, if I can save money while I’m doing it, I’m all for it. Here, 3 simple ways to save money shopping online for the holidays and frankly, all year long. 1. Sign up for the store rewards programs where you already shop I tend to forget about rewards programs at stores I frequent in part because I do most of my shopping from home, and...

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Consumr app: Quick, crowdsourced reviews for almost anything. Perfect for holiday shopping.

My kids have been poring through the holiday catalogs that are flooding my mailbox, circling everything they want for Christmas. Plenty of which might be junk. Since Consumr is currently the number one app for consumer reviews in the Apple store, I thought I’d try it out using my kids’ wish list to see just how valuable it can be for holiday shopping. First off, the Consumr app’s search function is super easy. You can browse through their categories, search for an item in the search box, or scan a barcode for instant feedback. I was able to find every...

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Cool Mom Tech, the Yappem app, and a Very Awesome Party

Last week in Chicago, we had the best time working with our partner Yappem, a new shopping rewards website and app, to throw one heckofa party for bloggers. Or really, an awesome party. In fact, it was called the Awesome Party. And you can kind of see why. [After the jump, see our fun party photos and learn how to win big on Yappem just for talking about the brands and products you talk about anyway.] Along with our friends at One 2 One Network, we took over the gorgeous Crystal Garden at Navy Pier until the wee hours....

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The Gyft app makes gift cards totally mobile. And easy. For real, this time

I admit I’ve been reluctant to jump on the gift card app bandwagon. I tend to just cram my gift cards into my wallet or stack them on my night table–but then I evidently realize oh hey…I’m at Target spending $90 and shoot, I have a $100 gift card sitting at home somewhere. So I finally decided to give the new Gyft app a whirl and oof, I’m wondering where it’s been all my life!     Gyft is more than just a service that lets you buy and send digital gift cards to friends and family through your...

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Gift-giving ideas: The Yiftee app is all over it

I know better than anyone that it can be hard to come up with gift-giving ideas. While I am fairly diligent about amassing birthday gifts for the countless number of kids’ parties we go to, I admit that I sometimes lack that ability when it comes to my own friends’ birthdays. Thankfully, I’ve just discovered a great way for anyone to give a fun birthday present (or gift for any occasion) without having to leave home. Yiftee is a new gift-giving service that lets you automatically find merchants in any given area, by zip code, and give friends or...

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Reward Summit, your own personal credit card advisor for purchases

Like most people, I’m all for saving money, so when I find a free app that can help make that easier, you can bet I’m downloading it to my smart phone. But unlike so many of the other money saving apps I’ve found, this one actually uses your own credit card rewards or cash back program to help you make the best shopping choices.    If you’re like me and have trouble keeping track of all the awesome special offers and deals that pop up with your credit cards, then you’re really going to like Reward Summit app, not only tells you...

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The new Fab Android app. Hooray! or Uh-oh.

It’s no secret that I have a deep love affair with Fab.com and recently caved and added the newer version Fab app to my iPhone 5. What can I say? I like to live dangerously. Well now you Android users can get in all the shopping action as Fab just launched their newest Android app just for you! Unlike their first version, the new Fab Android app is fully optimized for tablet use, which means you may have a hard time putting it down. And you can also enjoy their cool social feature plus shopping, right from the app....

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