I know I’ve been posting a lot about technology–namely apps– lately. It’s a little out of character for me and my blog, but being this pregnant during the busy holiday rush has really put me on the lookout for tools that can help me get my bi’ness done–and done well–in less time.
And please know this: I’ll never bring you info on something that I don’t feel is actually helpful. That said, the latest app I’ve found is, without a doubt, the most helpful one I’ve used so far for shopping and saving money. It’s called Red Laser, and when I was playing with it on my phone at work one day, I found out a lot of my coworkers are already using it! How did I not know about this?
Red Laser is a free shopping app for iPhone, Windows phones and Android that has been downloaded over 22 million times. It’s for those of us who don’t want to run all over town or spend hours online comparing prices. In other words, almost everyone!
It’s this simple: First, download the free app. (You can do it here.)
This is what the home page looks like:
When I started using Red Laser, I used it to search for an item I wanted to buy online as a holiday gift: a set of Automoblox. You can see them in my “recently viewed items.”
Pretty simple purchase, lots of stores carry them, so I thought it would be a good measure of how the app worked. And boy did it work! The prices I found online ranged from $21.06 all the way up to over $46.00! There was a huge price range, and I was glad I didn’t just buy them at the first place I saw. I felt so much more informed and comfortable making my purchase using Red Laser.
When you’re looking for a specific item like I was, you can also read reviews, as well as order the item right from your phone or reserve and pick it up at a local store! If (when!) you try Red Laser, be sure to let it access your location so you’ll always be able to see what local stores carry what you’re looking for.
If you’re just browsing, you can access the Top Deals section, which is powered by RetailMeNot.com. LOVE. Deals are always changing, and you really never have to pay full price for anything. If you keep your eye on this section, you can snap up the best online codes as soon as they are available. You can even pay with PayPal as long as the retailer has that payment method enabled.
Red Laser is also a handy tool for smaller items, like grocery purchases. If you find something you like but aren’t sure where to buy it, just scan the bar code and the app will tell you where you can purchase it locally (or order it online.) I scanned my favorite Sweet Leaf Mint & Honey tea, and Red Laser told me that I could find it right across the street from my office!
But that’s not all! It will also give you the full lowdown on that item, including nutrition facts, reviews, and where it falls on the “Good Guide” scale.
It even shows allergen information!
My fave features:
- Narrowing down the best deal can take some time, and I love that I can do it while I’m on lunchbreak, riding in the car, or nursing my boy to sleep. Red Laser helps me take those spare minutes and make them really productive! Plus, lots of services say they save you money. This one really does it.
- I love that it promotes buying locally!
Suggestions for Red Laser:
- I do wish there was some way I could incorporate eBates into my Red Laser shopping, but that just means I have to leave the app before I order. Not a big deal, though, because it still helps me decide where I’m ultimately going to make my purchase.
- I wish shipping rates were listed along with prices for individual retailers on the comparison screen. I know that would be hard to do, but shipping is often a deciding factor for me.
No matter what you need to buy, Red Laser can help you save time, money, and trips all over town. For me, that’s an immeasurable help. You’ll never waste time comparing prices again. Better yet, you’ll always know you got the best deal available!