Using ShopAtHome app to comparison shop in store
Of all the things the Internet is lauded for, helping consumers save money on ordinary purchases has to be near or at the top of the list. And while the websites allow you to order items at discounts from the comfort of your own home, smartphone applications help you identify savings and opportunities in the stores themselves.
ShopAtHome’s mobile app, available on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, makes shopping preparation even easier. Apps for Apple’s iOS devices – which include iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches – can be downloaded right from the App Store which is pre-installed on each device. You can also download apps from iTunes on your desktop, and then sync them to your device (similar to the way you transfer songs and videos). Apps for Android smartphones and Tablets can be downloaded from the Google Play store that is found on all devices. If you’re using a desktop, just visit the Google Play site online. Just search for ShopAtHome.com in the stores to find the official app.
If you’re plotting your holiday shopping route without a dedicated deal app on your phone, you’re officially doing it wrong. Especially given how well organized the ShopAtHome app is. Users can see a list of the best daily deals right away, or browse via a store listing, item category listing, or standard search. Clicking on one of the app’s deals takes you right to the actual retailer’s online store where you can complete your purchase and get your deal.
I’m not arguing that Best Buy isn’t going to have some killer doorbusters on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but take a minute and do some research first. Is it worth it to try and grab one of their specials amidst a chaotic and long line, or would you rather stay in the comfort of your home and browse an app on your phone where you can save 5-to-30 percent on HDTVs and get up to 4 percent cash back while you shop?
Even if you’ve already made the trek to stores like Sephora or Nordstrom to check out their latest sales, always compare them to an online source. Retailers may bristle at you using their store to window shop for a better deal, but it doesn’t make sense to pay full price in this economy when you can order online, get free shipping and earn 5 percent cash back just for buying the products you want.
Don’t forget, this time of year most stores are dying to offer discounts, even where you wouldn’t think to find any. Whether your favorite store is Home Depot or Bloomingdale’s, there are deals to be had. Just make sure your phone is nearby while you’re shopping.