From sticking to a budget to finding the best price on literally billions of items, these 20 mobile shopping apps for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry will save you both time and money. Whether you prefer to shop online or at a brick-and-mortar retail store, these apps maximize quality while minimizing cost.
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Coupon Sherpa: Forget the scissors — Coupon Sherpa finds and displays in-store coupons for the items you want to buy. Available free for iPhone.
Compare Me: Size doesn’t always equal value. Find the highest value for an item, regardless of volume, by using Compare Me. You can enter quantities in grams, ounces, or pounds. Available for $1.99 for iPhone.
Save Benjis: Find the best deal on specific products by typing in the product name for a comprehensive search of retail and online outlets. Available for $2.99 for iPhone.
SnapTell: You can’t judge a book by its cover — but you can find information on video games, books, CDs or DVDs by taking a picture of the cover. Available free for Android and iPhone. (See also: 35 practical uses of a digital camera.)
Shopkick: Gives you points at participating retailers when you enter the store. The so-called “Kickbucks” are redeemable at major retailers, including Macy’s and Best Buy. Available free for iPhone.
ShopSavvy: Snap a photo of a barcode with your phone’s camera, and this app searches for the best deal for 20 million products at over 20 thousand local and online retailers. ShopSavvy is on Twitter, too. Free for iPhone and Android.
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Shopper: Make a shopping list and stick to it. This app will search for coupons while adding up your total, which is excellent for staying within a tight budget. Available for $0.99 for iPhone.
Gas Buddy: Locates the most affordable gas station closest to your present location in both the United States and Canada. Includes maps and a “price freshness” guide to let you know when prices were last updated. Available for $2.99 for iPhone.
Be Nice to Bunnies: Check to make sure no animals were harmed in the making of a product with a quick barcode scan. Available for $1.99 for iPhone.
Holiday Gift Guide: Find the most popular holiday gifts at the most affordable prices, whether at the local retail store or online. Available free for iPhone.
Point Inside: Never get lost while shopping again! This app provides directions and maps for over 600 malls and 70 airports. Available free for iPhone.
FastMall: Like Point Inside, FastMall provides mall maps, with special emphasis on where the bathrooms and food courts are. Even hardy shoppers need a break sometimes! Available free for iPhone.
GoodGuide: With a simple barcode scan, this app provides instant ratings on how environmentally friendly and health conscious products are. Available free for iPhone.
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Buzzillions: If you trust user guides over official product reviews, this app helps you find out what consumers think of any product while you shop. Available free for iPhone. (See also: 10 essential back-to-school iPhone apps.)
Amazon: One-click ordering allows you to make quick purchases on Amazon’s site. Plus, you can compare Amazon’s prices with other retailers before buying. Available free for Blackberry, iPhone and Android.
Red Laser: Search websites, like Amazon, Google, or the UPC database for specific barcodes. Scan barcodes with your camera and plug in your desired website. Available for $1.99 for iPhone.
Elle Shopping Guide: This thorough listing makes it easy to locate high-end retail and hole-in-the-wall outlets alike while you’re walking. Find the stores closest to you, or search by name. Available free for iPhone.
Shop Nearby: This app makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for at the best price, anywhere in the world. Available for free for iPhone.
Lynn Truong is the co-founder and Deals Editor of Wise Bread, a blog dedicated to helping readers live large on a small budget. Wise Bread's book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, debuted as the #1 Money Management book on Amazon.com.