'Tis the Season to Shop! 6 Apps You Have to Know About for the Holidays

Posted Saturday November 24, 2012 9:53 AM GMT

The holiday shopping season is well underway and if you’re like us you’ve got shopping carts started on a few (okay, or 12) different sites.

Not ready to purchase something, but afraid we’ll forget about it, we toss it in the cart as a bookmark for later.

It’s a completely unorganized and inefficient way of doing things, but just in the nick of time we’ve discovered some super helpful apps that make shopping—particularly online shopping—so much easier ... (and fun, if you could just fathom that!) Peek out retail-worthy finds below.

Keep.com: The brand new app is similar to Pinterest, but you can shop directly on it. If you click on an item, it will take you to a link where you can buy it. Great for creating holiday shopping lists!

Clipix: Clipix allows you to clip your favorite products and it’ll send you real-time price drop alerts when there are sales on your favorite products. The tool can be used for anything on the Web.

Hukkster: When you're shopping online and you find a product you love, "hukk it" and you'll get a notification by email or text when the price on that item drops.

Pretty Quick: When you're busy or want to book a last-minute beauty treatment in your neighborhood, go on the app (you can download from the website), say what you want, and then up to 10 salons and spas will get back to you within 5 minutes. You can choose whichever service you want. Unfortunately, it’s limited to Chicago right now as it's super new.

eBookFling: On the site you can instantly download and borrow (starting at $1.99 for 14 days) books directly to your e-reader (Kindle, Nook and their apps). Readers can swap ebooks for 14-day periods and then they’re returned to the original owner. A great idea considering we often only read books once.

Familiar:The new photo-sharing app allows users to link with family and friends to share photo albums with their loved ones. It's a great way for moms to send pics of their kids to all the extended family.

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