By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.com
Yes, Virginia There's an App for That
In this tough economy, consumers are laser-focused on finding ways to stretch their budgets, and their best tool may be in their pocket.
There are a number of smartphone applications that can help you to organize your shopping, track your spending, and let you know that you're walking away with the best deal available.
"Shoppers are looking for deals before they are looking at brands," said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, a New York City-based brand and customer loyalty research consultancy.
About 60 percent of shoppers will use online shopping and price comparison applications to hunt down the best deals, Passikoff said.
We've gathered up 10 of the best apps to help you save money this holiday season. All the apps listed here are free and widely available across multiple smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.
No doubt, shoppers will also want to look for apps from their favorite retailers and even daily deal sites such as Groupon, Gilt Group, and Living Social. There also are apps such as CheckPoints and ShopKick, which allow consumers to earn points while they shop.
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If fashion is your thing, and you don't want to bounce around from retailer app to retailer app, you'll want to check out ShopStyle.
This app lets you browse, search, and buy clothing and accessories pretty easily. You can narrow your search by brand, store, size, or price, and also receive alerts for sales of your favorite brands.
It's also just a great looking app, with plenty of product images that load quickly and are well organized. You can even zoom into the pictures to take a closer look at the detail.
Price Check by Amazon
Developer: AMZN Mobile
Amazon's Price Check app is another way to compare prices. You can scan the product's barcode, take a photo of the item, say the name into the mic, or type the name of the product into the search box.
Of course, the app also makes it easy for you if you're standing in a store, and see the product for less at Amazon, to simply tap your finger a few more times and buy it from the online retailer.
Google, which is the tool many people use when they're researching products at home on their computer, also has a price comparison-shopping tool, Google Shopper. One advantage Google Shopper has is that it ties into Google Offers, the company's daily deal platform, which is available in nearly 20 metro areas.
ShopSavvy is a must for the bargain hunter's toolbox.
It's is the kind of app that has already altered the retail landscape. With a simple scan of a product's barcode, ShopSavvy delivers a wealth of information to the shoppers on the fly. Compare prices, read product reviews, or share information about potential purchases with friends.
The app has been around for a while, but if you haven't used ShopSavvy since last holiday season you'll also notice some changes. At the beginning of this year, the company rolled out Live Deals, a stream that highlights deals discovered by other users, and they upgraded the scanning technology to make it even faster.
There also is a feature for advertisers that will deliver more targeted ads to shoppers, as well as coupons, warranty offers, and promotions when the shopper is standing in the store with a potential purchase in hand.
TGI Black Friday
Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, and advertisements for the Black Friday deals are already beginning to leak out.
This app allows you to easily scan the Black Friday ads for all major retailers before they show up in the your local paper and make a personal shopping list with a touch of a finger.
The app also makes it easy to share deals with other people by email, compare prices to make sure you're getting the best deal, and shop online for products that may be available before Black Friday.
You can even set up push notifications to alert you when a new ad is posted.
Check out the full list of 10 Holiday Shopping Apps That Will Save You Money
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.com