The Holidays Are Coming. Plan Now With Our Top 9 Apps
Santa Claus’s sleigh is much heavier (and expensive) these days. A 2014 report projected that the average American would spend $765 on Christmas last year—the highest during the study’s nine year run. And since the economy continues to improve and the Christmas season creeps ever closer to fall and summer, this year might be one for the record books. Currently, it’s projected that America will spend over $600 billion on the 2015 holiday season.
In order to prepare for this expensive time of year, you should start saving and planning now. There are a bunch of apps out there that will help you track your gifts, set budgets, and find the best deals.
- Santa’s Bag
Available on iTunes, this gift managing app will make you feel like the jolly man himself. Input every person you’re buying for, what they want most, gifts you’ve gotten them, and your budget. Then, check off as you go and enjoy a more organized holiday that won’t blow your bank account out of the water.
- Red Laser
This free app allows you to scan barcodes while you’re shopping and comes back to you with where you can find the best price. Since most stores offer price matching, this can save you money and won’t cost you another trip to another store. The app also finds coupons you can use to save even more.
Slickdeals is for the person who loves a good price cut. Get deal alerts to your phone on items you’re searching for, displays handpicked deals from the Slickdeals team and deals from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial to make sure you don’t have to break your budget this holiday season. Plus, this app is free.
- Christmas Gift List
Budget, buy, and manage your holiday shopping list with Christmas Gift List app. If you use it year to year, you can look up past gift history to make sure you don’t double up on the same gift. It’s also just a really convenient tool to monitor your spending and gift list.
- The Christmas List
This merry app allows you to keep track of stores where you’re doing holiday shopping, so you don’t waste money on shipping or trips out. It also lets you set a max spending budget and allocate how much to spend on who—so you stick to your financial goals. The lists you create are shareable, so if you’re not the only one playing Santa Claus, you can loop someone else into the shopping plan too.
- Gift List Manager
Monitor everything you need to know about your gifts from if they’ve been purchased, ordered, shipped, received, and wrapped with Gift List Manager. It’s an all-around easy tool to use to keep holiday shopping in check.
Even when the holidays are over, you can track gifts for any event with GiftPlanner. Send gift cards straight from the app, bookmark online shopping items through a widget, and stay on top of your finances by balancing your budget. You’ll love how easy it is to use this app.
Christmas List Snowball
Don’t let the holidays result in an avalanche of stress! This app will help you manage your holiday shopping budgets with a variety of breakdowns. Look at your overall budget and what you’ve spent so far. See who you blew the budget for. Also check in to see who is getting the most expensive gift and who you haven’t shopped for yet. You can check off who you bought for and keep track of everyone easily.
Holiday Planner Lite
The holidays don’t just mean spending on gifts, but on travel and food as well. With this planning app, you can set a budget and track your expenses based on categories like airfare, hotel stays, rental car, and gas. That way, you’ll stay on top of your budget and be able to see exactly how much you’re spending.
Try these tools so you don’t say, “Ho, ho, ho-ly cow this holiday is costing me a fortune!” when Christmas rolls around. They’ll also save you a from unnecessary stress and keep you organized.
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