Holiday shopping: mobile apps to help you score the best deals

News Stacy Warden 13:27, Nov 27 2012

Stay inside this season and shop straight from your sofa with these iPhone and Android apps

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, and for many of us that's a big sigh of relief. On the downside, those of us who opted out of the door-busting mayhem also missed out on a slew of steep discounts. But don't fret just yet, there are several iPhone and Android apps that can still help you finish your holiday shopping on a budget. 

Groupon (iPhone; Android)

Love it or hate it, Groupon really does have a leg up on local deals. You can find a few goods here at the national level too, but we like it for its city-specific search feature. You can also customize the app to organize deals based on your own preferences. For example, if you indicate that you're both a foodie and an workout fanatic, you'll see discounts for restaurants and everything athletic at the top of your list. 

Living Social (iPhone; Android)

If Living Social and Groupon were in some sort of "Who has the best deal app" showdown, the results would be neck and neck. Just like its price-slashing rival, Living Social offers both local and national deals on goods and services based on a growing list of interests. You'll find discounts here on everything from yoga classes and therapeutic massages to spa trips and exotic getaways. 

Fab (iPhone; Android)

Oh, Fab, you really are faaaaaaabulous. While this popular shopping app is fun year round, it's especially great for holiday gift-giving inspiration. Fab offers discounts on top-notch products from an ever expanding list of retailers, both big and small. It works in a similar fashion to other discount sites in that each deal is up for grabs in limited quantities and only for a short amount of time -- so get while the gettin's good, or you'll be forking over full price for those adorable handmade Etsy baubles. 

dealnews (iPhone; Android)

This trusted deal site has been around since before the dawn of apps, and it's still just as good as ever. dealnews keeps a heavy focus on its electronics section, which you'll always find at the top of the list. Whether you're looking to score a low price on a new smartphone, flat-screen or laptop, you'll find several options here daily. The site's staff also takes the grunt work into their own deal-lovin' hands, so you can see exactly how much you'll be saving and which retailer is offering the lowest price. 

Woot (iPhone)

Woot's deals are often just as fun as the site's name would suggest. We visit this one regularly for its quirky selection of dirt cheap t-shirts, but you'll find plenty of other products here too, like snazzy gadgets and shiny new stuff for the little ones. Oh, and did we mention Woot has an exclusive discounted wine section as well? The site has yet to release an official app for Android, but you can keep an eye on its latest offerings with several third-party Woot apps; we prefer WootWatcher by Ben Tobin.

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