Today on those3chicks we welcome a new guest chick, our friend, Robin Edwards. Shopping Guru and all round nice chick, Robin generously shares her shopping tips with us today…
I love my iPhone and I adore shopping. Who would have ever thought that some of the best money saving and shopping tools that have been recently introduced would be available right in the palm of your hand? Now, instead of searching through flyers and multitudes of emails from your favourite retailers, you can use the power of technology to find all of the best savings.
There are Apps that are specific to your favourite retailers, from fashion apparel to your local pharmacy. There are Apps that show you where to find the best deals while you’re shopping, as well as offer exclusive discounts when you use them. There are Apps that are specific to your favourite shopping mall, with maps to show you how to get to a specific store, as well as a list of in-mall promotions. There are Apps that help you create a “wish list’ or gift registry that are perfect for letting friends and family know exactly what you want. Here are some of my favourite Apps that I use on a regular basis.
Retailer specific Apps are becoming much more prevalent, and I appreciate when a retailer is savvy enough to understand the power of mobile technology. H & M, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers was one of the first to launch their own App. The H & M App claims to give you “a whole world of fashion in the palm of your hand”, and includes a store locator, detailing which lines are carried at specific locations, a ‘look book’ of all the latest styles, new arrivals and the latest publicity campaigns – hello David Beckham Bodywear™ – as well as instant alerts about offers and events. You will also be able to share your favourite H & M items with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter or email – how fashionable is that? The H & M App is available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.
Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest pharmacy chain, launched their App back in 2010, and I have used it many times to find out what the weekly specials are. You can set a specific location to be ‘my store’, and flip through a virtual flyer to see in-store deals. You can also build your own shopping list and add items from the store flyer to it, and even check the balance on your Shoppers Optimum account and see your current reward level. The Shoppers Drug Mart App can also be used to quick dial your pharmacy and refill your prescriptions online. Everything you want in a drug store, all on your phone! The Shoppers Drug Mart Everyday App is available for iPhone and BlackBerry.
ShopCatch is one of my favourites. It allows you to find all of the best deals at a great range of national retailers. Simply choose your favourite mall, or use the GPS locator, and you’ll get a list of all the current promotions. You can search alphabetically, by category or name, and save your favourite retailers, as well as get notifications when new sales come up. You can also use mobile coupons that you can scan at the register, and have access to exclusive deals only available to ShopCatch users. For example, ShopCatch is partnered with VisaPerks, and you’ll find special offers such as an extra 25% off for using your Visa card at certain retailers. ShopCatch is the best full-range shopping App on the market, and is a game changer for the future of retail savings. ShopCatch is currently available for iPhone and Android, with the BlackBerry platform coming soon.
Mississauga’s largest shopping mall, Square One, has a breakthrough App that I hope all major shopping destinations consider implementing. How many times have you been in one of the larger malls and have no idea where the store you are looking for is located? The Shop Square One App has a “Where am I?” feature with True Routing technology that virtually directs you from store to store, no GPS required. It also has a complete store listing, by category or alphabetically, and lets you know of in-store promotions, as well as everything else you need to know about the shopping centre, such as store hours and job listings. The Shop Square One App truly makes shopping at your favourite destination even better. Available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
Giftopia is designed to take the stress and disappointment out of shopping, and is particularly useful for special occasions when you wish to creating a gift registry, such as weddings, baby showers, and other milestones, as well as building a list for yourself to give to friends and family, eliminating the dreadful anxiety – of giving the wrong gift – or worse – getting the wrong gift!
The App allows you to create your list and add items and even pictures from anywhere using your Smartphone. You can personalize your profile to include your size, favourite colours, favourite stores and more. You can allow friends and family to join you on Giftopia right from your phone’s address book, so they can easily access your registry. If you need to set up any kind of gift registry, Giftopia is a must-have. Giftopia is available for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms.
The new way to shop is in the palm of your hand – and these Apps can make it easier and less stressful while saving you money at the same time. Now if only there was a App that did laundry and cooked dinner!
Images by Robin Edwards
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