Most people are cheap. We want to spend as little as possible, but get the best available. That's not always easy, though. It often involves a lot of waiting, and worst of all, disappointment when you finally find the perfect deal, only to realize it has since sold out or expired. With smartphones, deal hunting has become much easier, though. Apps are now available that alert you when a product you want is on sale, or when a deal you've been watching is about to expire. There are many great deal apps on the Play Store, but read on to find out AndroidHeadlines' top 10 deal hunting apps.
TravelZoo is an app that focuses on deals around a certain area, which would really come in handy on vacation, especially because it can show you deals on a map. It shows you the top travel deals, local deals, and entertainment. The Top 20 list shows the top deals for that week, making it easy to filter through the deals that may not be all that hot. TravelZoo is free.
TapSave is a deal app that focuses mainly on deals in retail stores. Let's say you're in Target and don't have enough cash to buy everything you need. With TapSave, you can open up the app and search for a sale or coupon for Target that may not be advertised. You can also, of course use TapSave to buy things online. Most stores allow you to purchase the product right in the app, making for a very simple process. TapSave is free.
8. Deal Drop – Track Daily Deals
Daily deals are often some of the best deals you'll ever see, but usually sell out incredibly quickly, making it hard to capitalize on the deal. Deal Drop is an app that takes daily deals from all over the web, and puts them into one place. Currently, it aggregates 96 national deal sites and 138 local deal sites, so there are definitely a lot of deals available. The app's Holo-inspired design makes it easy on the eyes, as well. Deal Drop is free.
7. Mobile Coupons and Deals
Mobile Coupons and Deals is another app that focuses mainly on in-store deals. The app aggregates coupons from stores all over world, such as Old Navy, Gap, Forever 21, Starbucks, and more. It also brings in many retail weekly ads for stores like Target and Best Buy. It covers 1000 malls across the United States and allows you to narrow down the deals by location, too. It's free on the Play Store.
6. Dining Deals – Food Coupons
Let's face it. As expensive as eating out can be, we all love to do it, especially those of us, like me, who can't cook at all. Dining Deals is an app, you guessed it, that focuses strictly on restaurant deals and coupons. It indexes deals for fast food restaurants like Arby's, as well as high-end, eat-in places. The app allows you to narrow deals down by restaurant, and also as a "hot deals" section that shows the most popular coupons. Dining Deals is free.
5. Woot Check – Daily Deals
Anyone who is serious about deal hunting has heard about Woot.com. It was the pioneer of daily deals, offering just one, really good deal every day. Since its inception, the site has expanded to offer several deals a day, broken up into category. Woot Check is an app for your Android device that shows the daily deals from all of Woot's sites (Shirt Woot, Wine Woot, etc). It is totally ad free and has a Holo design, which means that it's very easy to navigate. Woot Check is free.
LivingSocial is a deal service that everyone should know about. The service focuses purely on deals in your local cities, and "helps you discover the best of your city." Its deals are broken down into daily deals, instant deals, escapes, which are vacation deals, family-friendly deals, and adventure deals. The downside to LivingSocial is that it is not available in every city, so be sure to check the list in its description before installing. LivingSocial is free.
Groupon has been in the news a lot recently, but not necessarily for good reasons, as its CEO just left and, well, it isn't making money. So far, though, this hasn't affected the actual service. Groupon is a lot like LivingSocial and breaks deals down into the cities they are offered in. The "Now" portion of the app offers deals that are ready for immediate use from within the app. Groupon is free, as well.
2. dealnews App
dealnews is my personal choice when it comes to finding deals online. It has a huge staff of employes whose jobs are to scour the web for the best deals available. Because of its large staff, a lot of deals go up on the service. Thankfully, though, the Editor's Choice portion shows only the hottest deals of the day. One of my favorite features is that you can set up push notifications for a certain category or product, which is useful when you're on the lookout for a product or device. dealnews is free.
1. Best Deals
This app does exactly what its name says – it finds the best deals all over the web and in stores. It combines what Groupon and LivingSocial offer, with dealnews and creates a huge database of deals and coupons. You can browse the deals by store and category, and it also offers a widget that you can add to your homescreen. Its interface could use some work, but hey, it's saving you money. Best Deals is free.