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10 Holiday Shopping Apps You Should Download Now

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Cardstar
Price: Free
Available for: Apple iOS, Google (GOOG) Android

You're still carrying around your store loyalty cards in your wallet or key ring? What is this, 1992?

Are you still unlocking a car with keys? Opening your garage door by hand? Just stop it. The world doesn't need more technological martyrs holding up the line because they're "roughing it" with bent, greasy, well-worn bits of plastic they've been carrying since the Clinton administration. CardStar consolidates all of your membership and rewards cards into one free app and gives users deals and coupons instantly from their merchants of choice. Just show up to the checkout counter and scan your card's barcode from your smartphone screen. It'll drag your loyalty cards into the current decade while sparing you the disdain of fellow holiday shoppers fed up with watching you fumble through your janitor's keyring of store cards.

Google Shopper
Price: Free
Available for: Apple iOS, Google Android

If you're an iPhone user, feel extremely thankful this holiday season that the Google Shopper app was spared the same fate as Google Maps.

This is just about the best shopping app mobile users are going to find, if only because it has a little bit of everything. Want offers and coupons? Done. Having trouble finding an item? Just speak its name into your phone. Not sure if a product has all the features you want? Scan in its barcode and get information and reviews. Not sure if you're picking up the right book or movie? Just scan the cover. Teeming with prices, specs and reviews, Google Shopper is one app that brings even bitter tech rivals together for the holidays.

The Find
Price: Free
Available for: Apple iOS, Google Android

Yes, we know, we already showed you a barcode scanning app. When you scan a code with The Find's app, though, you'll get list of stories and sites where it's available, a price comparison for those stores and a map to the store if bricks and mortar wins out.

Retailers including Best Buy (BBY) and Nordstrom (JWN) have their sale fliers and catalogs on the site and links to their online stores to take advantage of sale prices immediately. The site's also stocked with special offers and coupon codes to help cut costs.

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