With Christmas day right around the corner, the malls are packed, the traffic is insane and you realize you still forgot to get to get your sister that pair of earrings she’s been eyeing (whoops!). For me, this seems like a recurring theme but not this year! I have planned ahead, done some research and found some of the best apps that will help organize your Christmas lists and keep you on budget.

Santa’s Bag – This app is awesome, especially if you’re like me and write out a list of gifts for everyone and somehow manage to misplace. With Santa’s Bag you can organize each person you plan to buy gifts for, keep track of who is still in need of a gift and your allotted budget for each person. This app makes it easy to stay organized and keep your budget on track.

Giftster – If you want to take the guessing game out of your shopping, ask your friends and family to join you on Giftster! An app that allows your loved ones to create wish lists of gifts they actually want. It also provides a link that allows you to purchase the gift with one click. This app not only saves time but also saves the dreaded anxiety of if your mom REALLY wants that scarf you bought her. Giftster also has an online website if grandma and grandpa are still rocking the flip phone.

Shop Savvy – If you’re balling on a budget this season, download the shop savvy app. It allows you to scan the barcode of any item you have in your shopping cart. You’ll instantly see a list of what other retailers are charging for the same item. Say goodbye to standing in the aisle at target price comparing that Keurig. Who has time for that anyway?

Slice – Slice is a lifesaver for those of you who prefer to online shop rather than fight for a parking spot at the mall. Slice works with your email to automatically grab tracking numbers from your online purchase receipts. You can get push notifications to alert you of any delays or when your package is out for delivery. Which comes in handy when you’re religiously checking your email to see if that dress for the holiday party finally is in transit (or is that just me?).

Hopper – I am lucky enough to be a short drive away from my family but for those of you who need to book a flight to see your loved ones, be sure to check out Hopper. This app is great (holiday season or summer time, you should always check this app before booking a flight). Hopper watches billions of flight prices every day to predict the best time to purchase whatever flights you need. By following Hopper’s advice, you could save up to 40% on your next flight.

These are only a few apps that can help you save time, money and alleviate some of that holiday stress. I hope these are helpful. Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!Lauren Cox

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