I Shop Therefore I AmFor better or for worse, the holiday shopping season is upon us and the malls are about to be filled with people building up their credit card debt. Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas present or you’re just shopping at any other time of the year, you probably want to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Yes, your new iPhone may have Passbook to handle some of your store loyalty cards, but these free iPhone shopping apps can further expedite the process. Your shopping can not only be more efficient, but you can also find the best sales, use the best coupons, and literally keep more cash in your pocket.

FastMall Shopping Mall Maps

Interactive Shopping Mall Maps with FastMall

Interactive Shopping Mall Maps with FastMall

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It’s strange, really, how we have come to rely on Google Maps and turn-by-turn directions for getting us around the city, but we’re still stuck looking at old-fashioned store directories to find our favorite shops. No longer! This app provides you with interactive maps of popular shopping malls and other community locations without the need for GPS or Wi-Fi. You can save where you parked the car and you can even shake to find the closest restroom.

Amazon Mobile

iPhone Shopping with Amazon Mobile

iPhone Shopping with Amazon Mobile

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Yes, Amazon has to be one of the biggest online retailers on the planet, but that doesn’t mean your online shopping is restricted to your home computer. This app for the iPhone and iPad boasts just about all the features you’ve come to expect from the full Amazon website, including wish lists and 1-Click shopping. And, yes, you can browse through the best sellers.

Price Check by Amazon

Price Check App

Price Check App

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What!? Two Amazon apps in the same iPhone shopping apps list? Well, this one is a little different. When you’re out shopping in the real world, you can use the Price Check app to scan a barcode and it’ll bring up all the comparison prices from Amazon.com and its merchants. It also works by taking pictures of products or just performing a regular old text search. Naturally, they want you to buy from Amazon and that’s why 1-Click ordering is supported too.

ScanLife Barcode Reader

ScanLife QR Code and UPC Scanner App

ScanLife QR Code and UPC Scanner App

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The Price Check app from Amazon is useful, but it’s limited to what’s listed on Amazon. That’s why you might want this alternative barcode scanning app from Scanbuy. It can bring up prices from over 25 different online retailers, including Macy’s, Home Depot, and Amazon. It also supports QR codes, local price comparisons, related deals, and even nutritional information.

RetailMeNot Coupons

RetailMeNot iPhone App

RetailMeNot iPhone App

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Regular sales are one thing, but it’s even better when you can find some sweet online coupons to further reduce the price. RetailMeNot is one of the most popular online deals sites and it this iPhone app lets you save those mobile coupons, as well as search through the hundreds of thousands of coupons in the growing database.

Coupon Sherpa Mobile Coupons

Mobile Coupons with Coupon Sherpa for iPhone

Mobile Coupons with Coupon Sherpa for iPhone

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Just one coupon app isn’t enough. Coupon Sherpa is similar in scope, offering you hundreds of in-store coupons to a variety of different stores. These are the best kinds of iPhone shopping apps, really, because they help you find the best deals and then you can even email the coupons to your friends.

AnyList Shopping List

Organize Your Shopping with AnyList

Organize Your Shopping with AnyList

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While the primary purpose here is to act as a grocery list app, there’s no reason why AnyList couldn’t be adapted to be your holiday shopping list app too. The great thing is that your lists can be shared, making it easier to collaborate on your purchasing decisions. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s organized.

eBay App for iPhone

eBay for iPhone

eBay for iPhone

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Okay, maybe you don’t want to brave the crowds at the mall. I don’t blame you. In addition to the Amazon app above, you’ll probably also want to get the eBay app for your iPhone too. Again, you get essentially all the same tools you’d get from the full eBay website, tapping into “the world’s largest marketplace.” This includes not only buying items, but selling your stuff too.

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