By: Kate Parham
We've reached round four in our new series about the best money-saving mobile apps. So far, we've covered Shopkick, an app that rewards you simply for going into your favorite stores; Key Ring Reward Cards, an app that allows you to keep all of your retail rewards cards on your Smartphone; and GasBuddy, an app that helps you find the cheapest gas prices wherever you are.
This week, we review RedLaser, an app that finds the lowest prices on items you want to buy.
Name of App: RedLaser
Works on: iPhone and Android devices
Tagline: Impossibly accurate barcode scanning
Why you should download it: Have you ever been out shopping and wondered if you're really getting the best deal? With RedLaser, you no longer have to guess.
Simply scan the barcode on any product with your SmartPhone and RedLaser will show you what the item is selling elsewhere - both online and in other retail stores. You can even use the app to locate retailers nearby that have your item in stock and for the lowest price comparably. If you're not sure about how well an item works, RedLaser also offers consolidated reviews on many electronics.
Another really unique feature of RedLaser is their food scanner. Scan and check food products via your phone to quickly see allergen information and nutritional facts on almost every brand-name packaged food in the country.
Are you a bookworm? Use RedLaser to scan the barcode on a book and the app will locate a copy of it in a nearby U.S. library, using the world's largest library catalog. And if you need to buy a new copy, RedLaser can help you find books from thousands of online retailers.
How it Works: Simply download the app to your phone and scan any UPC, EAN, UPC-E, or EAN-8 barcode by aligning your phone's camera with the code on the item. If your phone has any trouble reading the barcode, you can also type in the barcode number instead. RedLaser searches for the best prices using websites like TheFind, Google Product Search, eBay, Half.com, Milo.com, WorldCat, alaTest, FoodEssentials and DailyBurn.
Noteworthy: The application has received four and a half stars on iTunes out of more than 2,100 reviews, and 4.2 stars on Android out of nearly 14,300 reviews. It has been downloaded more than 12 million times.