Smartphones provide an easy, accessible way to organize, navigate and find the best deals in your area. Whether you are looking for the cheapest gas, the best new dining hot spots or the hottest electronics, our picks for the best local deals apps will surely help you snag some great prices and discover new methods of saving.
Do you already enjoy Groupon’s offers you find and print online? Find, purchase and redeem the same great deals on local restaurants, shopping, accommodations and other adventures with the mobile app. Available on iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone systems, users can snag great deals no matter their tech tendencies.
Google Offers shares great deals at no cost and with no printing involved. This Android and iOS app allows you to search for local businesses and browse offers ranging from free massages to 50 percent off your next oil change. Users can easily save the offer within the app or scan the provided code on their smartphone at the merchant to redeem.
Hunting for deals with more old-school coupons? Aptly titled “The Coupons App,” this pick provides just that—hundreds of coupons sorted by store or location that users can browse and share. The app sends users to a website with a traditional, cutout coupon that can be printed or scanned directly from a smartphone. Each coupon also includes information about the nearest retail location.
With near-constant fear of rising fuel prices, Gas Buddy will keep you rolling no matter how high costs climb. The app finds the cheapest gas around you, steering you to a full tank without breaking the bank. Available on all mobile platforms.
Redlaser ensures that you get the best price for an item wherever you are. Scanning any barcode allows users to see where the same item is locally and the price. The iOS, Android, and Windows Phone app also shows online prices for quick comparison-shopping. Scanning and storing loyalty cards lightens users’ wallets as well. Competitor app ShopSavvy also features similar barcode scanning and listings of online and local prices. Both are easy to use.
Browse discounts for locals-only attractions with the Scoutmob App. Currently only available in limited major cities, this is a must-download if you reside in one of these lucky locales—or if you have any plans to visit. Newer locations even offer up entirely free, no-strings-attached deals. Think coffee shops offering up one free coffee on your first visit, or craft breweries promising a free glass growler for your first fill-up in their tap room.
Make bargain hunting into a team effort with Smoopa. This handy app allows you to set up alerts on products and e-mails you when the price falls below a certain point. Other users help generate that data by scanning barcodes and building wish lists. Smoopa also notes which items are cheapest locally.
Lantern offers similar approaches to local deals as Google Offers, but with an emphasis on merchant interaction. This iOS and Android app automatically enrolls users into a loyalty program for a specific business after the first time they use an offer. Merchants are then able to target customers more effectively. And with no coupon printing necessary, these meal deals are a real steal. Currently only available in a very limited list of cities, but stay tuned for more!
Been wanting an expensive electronic device for months? ShopAdvisor lets you know when to buy by watching the prices of items you select until the price drops and is available near you. With the app that waits and watches for you, the days of making rash purchases (only to find a much better deal days later) are at an end.