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Must-have apps for every smart phone owner

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(WTOL) – Getting a smart phone for the holidays? Or already have one? There are essential applications every smart phone owner should have. Even money saving apps.

Smart phones are the number one selling electronic device this year.

Want to save at the mall, grocery store, or on holiday gifts? There's an app for that.

College student Molly McGhee said her number one app is Your Favorite Store.

"I have apps from several stores in the mall, and they notify you when they have sales or deals," explained McGhee.

For example, Target's app has daily deals and an in-store barcode price checker.

Michelle Miranda preferred the Starbucks app that lets her pay with a swipe of her phone, or even preorder a cup of coffee.

This time of year everyone is looking for sales. Must-have app number two is Deal News, top rated by PC World magazine. Deal News also has a top rated Black Friday app.

Must-have app number three is Sale Locator, which lists the nearest sales on a map.

To go with it, someone will want a price comparison app. Must-have app number four is Red Laser, a favorite of student Kayla Puckett and her friends.

"You can kind of scan the barcodes if you are shopping and kind of compare prices of that," Puckett explained.

Andrea Deckard, coupon blogger of Savings Lifestyle, liked an alternate comparison app. Must-have app number five is Shop Savvy.

"If you scan the barcodes it tells you the prices at each retailer," explained Deckard.

Tired of carrying all of those shopper reward cards? Then download must-have app number six: Key Ring. This app puts all of the cards on the smart phone.

The number seven must-have app is Groupon.

Finally, must-have app number eight is Coupon Sherpa, which finds coupons for the store that someone is already shopping in.

Most of these apps are either free or cost less than $2. All of these apps are available in the iTunes Store or Android Marketplace.

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