With roughly two weeks left in the holiday shopping season, it’s crunch time for those of us who haven’t quite crossed off all the items on their list. At this stage in the game, it’s easy to overspend if you haven’t planned ahead but you still have time to snag some deals.

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Using your smartphone to track down savings on the things you’re planning to buy should be a no-brainer but how do you know which apps are the best? When it’s so close to Christmas, spending hours researching your options probably isn’t in the cards. Fortunately, we’ve done the homework for you and rounded up the seven best apps for holiday shopping.

1. Best for online shoppers: RetailMeNot

Available on: Android and iPhone

Cost: Free

RetailMeNot is the perfect solution for people who aren’t in the mood to fight the crowds at the stores. The app offers more than 500,000 coupon codes for over 50,000 stores, including Old Navy, Kohl’s and Barnes & Noble. Not only that, but it also features the latest deals that are out there so you never miss out on a sale. Once you find the coupon you’re looking for, all you have to do is enter the code at the checkout to cash in on the savings. If you’re brave enough to venture out, you’ll also find plenty of printable coupons to choose from.

2. Best if you hate sifting through store ads: Retale

Available on: Android and iPhone

Cost: Free

The newspaper and your mailbox are probably overflowing with sales ads but digging through them all to find what you want is enough to make your head spin. With the Retale app, all you have to do is punch in your location and it’ll pull up all of the circulars local to your area. The app goes one step further and lets you know which deals are getting close to expiring. You can even set alerts for your favorite stores to notify you when specific items go on sale.

3. Best for comparing prices: RedLaser

Available on: Android, iPhone and Windows phone

Cost: Free

There’s nothing more frustrating than buying something at one store only to see it offered for a few dollars less somewhere else. With the RedLaser app, you can eliminate the hassle of trying to pin down the best price. When you’re in a particular store, you just point your phone at the item you’re interested in and the app’s barcode scanner does the rest. It instantly lets you compare prices at thousands of retailers, locally and online, so you can see who’s got it for less.

4. Best if you like earning freebies: ShopKick

Available on: Android and iPhone

Cost: Free

Window shopping is a great way to get gift ideas and compare prices but with the ShopKick app, you can make your visit pay off even more. The app uses GPS to automatically load up coupons based on what store you’re at, but it also pays you “kicks” just for walking through the door. You can also earn a few extra by scanning certain items while you’re browsing and by making purchases with your linked Visa or MasterCard. Once you’ve accumulated enough kicks, you can redeem them for gift cards to other retailers, like Starbucks and Target, which could be a nice little treat for yourself after a long day of slogging through the mall.

5. Best for bargain hunters: SlickDeals

Available on: Android and iPhone

Cost: Free

SlickDeals is the ultimate app if you’re interested in sniffing out the best deals online and in stores. Users can browse through bargains for everything from computers to shoes to jewelry, see what’s on sale in their local area and find out what items are the hottest. You’ll also find coupon codes good at selected retailers, including Home Depot, Best Buy and Sears and you can customize deal alerts using specific keywords.

6. Best if you don’t like clipping coupons: SnipSnap

Available on: Android and iPhone

Cost: Free

For some people, clipping coupons isn’t just a way to save a few pennies; it’s a fine art. If you don’t have the time or the dedication to scour the sale ads and cut out the coupons you need, SnipSnap is the answer. All you have to do is take a picture of the ones you need and the app automatically reconfigures them into a scannable image you can use in the store. Even better, you can search through SnipSnap’s database for coupons you want to use. You can also register to receive notifications when they’re about to expire so you don’t miss out on any savings.

7. Best if you use loyalty cards: CardStar

Available on: Android, iPhone and Windows phone

Cost: Free

It seems like just about every store offers a loyalty card these days and while they’re a useful way to save when you shop, lugging a bunch of them around on your keychain is a hassle. CardStar allows you to load all of your reward and membership card information right to your smartphone so you can leave all that extra plastic at home. The app also lets you check out deals, coupons and sale offers from the merchants you shop with the most.

These are just a sampling of some of the apps that can help you keep your holiday shopping costs as low as possible. If there’s one we overlooked, let us know in the comments.

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