Shopping and discounts

Download these apps, and you'll be sniffing out deals and discounts wherever you go.

Scoutmob

Scoutmob is a location-aware coupon service that pushes local restaurant and retail deals directly to your mobile device. No need to print or purchase anything, just scroll through the local 50 percent off (and more) coupons available, click "USE THE DEAL," and flash your screen at the location. It's like Groupon, only simpler and better.

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Scoutmob

Shopkick

With Shopkick, you can earn "kickbucks" just by making purchases, scanning items, or even walking into featured retailers. These kickbucks can then be redeemed for gift cards, free merchandise, and more.

But that's not all. Just fire up Shopkick whenever you're in a store, and the app will show you if any coupons are available. If there are, you can pull them up through the app and have the cashier scan them. As of now, Shopkick is supported mostly by big-box retailers, but we're hoping it adds smaller mom-and-pop shops to the mix soon.

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Shopkick

GeoQpons

GeoQpons is a brilliantly simple app that pulls up coupons based on your GPS location. Just fire it up when you're out, and it will scan its database for any discounts available nearby. You can browse through available coupons based on distance or alphabetically by retailer's name. There's also a convenient Favorite feature that lets you save stores that you visit often. This keeps you from having to scroll exhaustively through listings every time you're out.

One thing we love about GeoQpons is that it seems to be more focused on smaller neighborhood shops than big-box retailers. This makes it a great complement to other shopping apps like Shopkick.

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GeoQpons

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