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Eight Smart Phone Apps that Make Holiday Shopping Easy

Gone are the days when efficient holiday shopping meant coupon clipping. Today, there's an app for that. Several, to be exact.

And for the following month and a half, you're going to need the very best ones out there. Click through to download the eight apps that'll make your season less stressful.

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Scratch Hard

This one maximizes your in-store shopping time. Using whatever location and product information you provide, it'll show you the best deals nearby. To see each discount though, you have to "scratch" the screen with your finger to reveal the savings beneath. 

Click here to download.

Price: Free

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Coupon Cabin

Consider this the 21st century version of your mama's coupon binder. It finds, sorts and stores deals relevant to you—no scissors necessary.

Click here to download.

Price: Free

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The Christmas List

After creating your main list—which can be divided into helpful sub-groups like "co-workers" or "family"—this program keeps track of how much money you've spent on each person, the status of each purchase and what's left to buy. The whole thing is also password protected, lest an impatient giftee sneaks a peek at your phone.

Download it here.

Price: 99 cents

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The Find

You shouldn't buy anything  without using this app to comparison shop first. It's easy to do: simply scan any item's barcode and it'll show you the best price for the same thing online or in at a nearby location.

Download it here.

Price: Free

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MyCityWay

Store hop seamlessly by checking your city's traffic, weather and sale event information all in one place. You can also see which nearby shops are trending online and scope the local food situation.

Download it here.

Price: Free

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Lemon Wallet

Instead of relying on an over-stuffed billfold to hold your receipts, record them on Lemon Wallet instead. The program not only logs every penny you spend, but divides the purchases into categories to help with budgeting.

Download it here.

Price: Free

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Key Ring

All your reward memberships stored in one place eliminates awkward keychain fumbling at the cashwrap. Now if only everyone BEFORE you in line could download this….

Download it here.

Price: Free

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Shop Kick

Use this to browse and buy gifts you've been planning to get regardless and you'll rack up "kicks." Those go toward all kinds of cool freebies, like iTunes downloads and giftcards to Starbucks. It's a great way to get stuff for yourself without breaking your no-personal-purchases in December rule.

Download it here.

Price: Free

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