Fox Business | Slice Comes to iPad in Time for Free Shipping Day

Slice Comes to iPad in Time for Free Shipping Day

By Natalia Angulo

December 18, 2013

http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/starting-a-business/2013/12/18/slice-comes-to-ipad-in-time-for-free-shipping-day/

Just in time for Free Shipping Day, mobile-shopping tracker Slice launched on iPad this week.

While early forecasts predicted a bleak holiday sales season, retailers have done their best to ensure no shopper is left behind. And it may to be working.

Sales on Cyber Monday jumped 16% this year to set a new single-day record and a total of $2.29 billion in sales were recorded, according to Adobe’s (ADBE) Digital Index shopping data.

So all eyes are now on the day dedicated to free shipping, which over the past two years saw sales exceed $1 billion, according to FreeShippingDay.com. Today the site has already seen a spike in shopping activity compared with last year.

“Currently, there are 2,500 shoppers on site and we’ve already reached over 120,000 total visitors, which is more than we had all day during last year’s Free Shipping Day.”

And if you don’t know mobile is the future for retailers, it is time to come out from under that rock. In the last year consumers continued to turn more-and-more to their mobile devices for help with essentially whatever their hearts desired, according to a Nielsen report about “on-the-go” connectivity.

Which is not at all surprising to the founders of Slice.

Slice, the free app that pulls together purchase and shipping information from any email account, has been available on iOS and Android since 2011. The company says it provides THE one-stop-app to help online shoppers track shipments, make returns and get pricing alerts all in one digital dashboard.

“It’s shocking how unarmed consumers are [with regard to online purchase and shipping information] they have and instead of using it to their benefit, they’re overwhelmed by it,” Slice CEO Scott Brady says. “Slice helps them understand and process this information more efficiently and in real time.”

He adds that Slice’s analysis of some of the largest retailers participating in Free Shipping Day last year showed it was the second-biggest holiday shopping day behind Cyber Monday.

“As you would expect, online purchases dropped sharply after Free Shipping Day, as consumers rushed to the stores for last-minute items.”

Slice began as a research project conducted by a group at Stanford Business School looking to apply big data work to consumer purchase innovation. Brady, an adjunct professor at Stanford and part of the research group, says the team realized there was a vast trove of unstructured data that lived in e-mail form, and they wanted to help consumers organize it.

The company raised $23 million in Series B funding this summer, and works with a number of retailers including Home Depot, Zappos, REI, Best Buy, Bath & Body Works, Crate&Barrel, Overstock.com and others.

Jaimee Minney, director of PR for Slice, says the company has a front-row seat to the emergence of new digital trends because as they process data, they are able to detect changes. She said one change they’ve noticed is people’s offline behavior is being mimicked online more and more.

“We saw people choosing the brick-and-mortar’s online location more often instead of having to brave the crowds on Black Friday,” Minney says.

Business 2 Community | Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2014

Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2014

December 18, 2013

http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/top-100-tools-learning-2014-0719766#!qhz5h

We are big fans of online tools here at OpenSesame. Websites and apps help us connect with others, keep up with current events, learn new skills, as well as can inspire us to think big. Online tools enable and empower us in ways never imagined, and thousands are being created every day.

Last year we covered the top 100 tools for learning in 2013 to help you achieve your goals. This year, we’ve expanded on that list to include 100 new tools that have made us more effective, made a splash or made us think. As there are few repeats, we encourage you to take advantage of ALL the tools we’ve mentioned in your personal and professional pursuits for 2014.

Learn Something New

  1. Google Scholar – Google takes on the likes of EbscoHost and LexisNexis. The narrowed search options include “Articles, including patents” and “Case law”. I feel smarter already.
  2. Anki – Create digital flashcards to help you study everything from physics to a new language.
  3. Cerego – As a memory management tool, Cerego builds personalized study plans based on your strengths and weaknesses to retain knowledge.
  4. Umano – No time to read but want to stay current on newsworthy events? Have popular articles read to you by trained voice actors.
  5. LifeHacker U – A collection of free online courses from top colleges and universities in the U.S.
  6. The Saylor Foundation – Similar to a college curriculum, you can take courses in an area of study at your own pace, resulting in a certificate of completion.
  7. OpenSesame – Marketplace for online training, now with 22,000+ courses.
  8. Google Helpouts – Get one-on-one appointments with experts for help on everything from cooking a turkey for the holidays, to how to shop for footwear.
  9. Coursera – Partnering with some of the top U.S. universities, Coursera offers MOOCs or massive open online courses for free.
  10. Flipboard – Beautiful tile layout makes browsing articles a visually-stunning experience.

Get Organized

  1. Pocket – A virtual pocket to save all those hilarious cat videos for later…after work.
  2. Mynd – It’s time the calendar got a makeover. See a complete picture of your day, including information on people you’ll be meeting with and even notes you’ll need for the appointments.
  3. trackthisforme – A data-lovers dream, this site can track anything you want—from your mood, to how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop.
  4. SpiderOak – Securely store and sync your files across all of your devices.
  5. You Need a Budget – Money management has never looked so good.
  6. Slice – The must-have tool for avid online shoppers, Slice tracks orders, spending and price drops across all your online shopping sites.
  7. Ember – A visual scrapbook of ideas and inspiration. Simply snap a picture of a typography, ad or image you like to add it to projects.
  8. Tick – Get pats on the back for the work you do with this radical update of the to-do list.
  9. Fences – Messy desktops be gone!
  10. Trello – A virtual card-based project management tool that combines the best parts of a physical and cloud-based task list.

Get Inspired

  1. Inspiration Grid – Creative showcase of design, art, photography and more, updated daily.
  2. Instructables – The online mecca for everything DIY.
  3. Google Think Insights – The ultimate tool for marketers—trends, ad collections, sample objectives for any stage of a campaign and more.
  4. XMind – Struggle with explaining complex ideas? Mind mapping is a great tool for displaying your thoughts visually.
  5. HackDesign – Weekly design lessons sent to your inbox each week that can be taken at your own pace.
  6. Paper – Sketch out ideas easily on your iPad and share with your team or across the web.
  7. Pinterest – Remember tacking pictures of your favorite movie stars on your childhood bedroom walls? Pinterest is the grown-up version, with recipes and crafts virtually-pinned along side the movie stars.
  8. Coffitivity – Ambient coffee shop noises on-the-go to help increase productivity.
  9. Share a Story – Share your story or read others on this crowdsourced storytelling site.
  10. Upworthy – Rough day? Remind yourself of the good things in the world with this site of inspirational articles and videos.

Collaborate

  1. Honey – Avoid a flooded inbox and share links to articles or research all in one place.
  2. Popplet – A brainstorming tool the whole team can use to collaborate and elaborate.
  3. Google Hangouts – The video conference phone we were promised in the 90′s, but better.
  4. Doodle – Stop lengthy email exchanges on meeting times—send a Doodle poll instead!
  5. Quip – Edit and discuss documents in one place.
  6. Splitwise – Hate splitting the check? Share bills and IOUs to make sure everyone gets paid back.
  7. WhatsApp – Escape costly text messages with your overseas colleagues with this group-messaging app.
  8. Campfire – 37Signals group-messaging application that includes features like live image previews and conference calling.
  9. Box – Secure content-sharing that can be accessed from anywhere.
  10. Team Gantt – See your team’s project schedule in a visual format, with simple drag-and-drop functionality to shift timelines.

Outsource Busy Work

  1. IFTTT – Automated rules for your social networks—”If I post a blog, than share the post via Twitter and Facebook.”
  2. Reward Summit – Reward Summit tracks your credit card rewards programs so you never miss out on another dollar again.
  3. Seamless – Why call for delivery when there’s an app for that?
  4. Microworkers – This crowdsourced site is useful if you are looking to have many contributors (even from a specific region or timezone) collaborate on your goal.
  5. Mechanical Turk – Great for outsourcing de-duplication, data entry and moderation.
  6. oDesk – Find talent around the world, from web design to copywriting and everything in between.
  7. Exec – Simply enter your zip code to find a qualified house cleaner near you.
  8. Ruby Receptionists – Ruby is the smart and cheerful team of virtual receptionists trained to make a difference in your day.
  9. FancyHands – Pay a flat monthly fee rather than an hourly fee for help on your tasks.
  10. TaskUs – Outsourcing tool for companies needing content, data analysis and sales support.

Get Healthy

  1. The Walk – Get a piece of the story each time you walk.
  2. Moves – No gadgets necessary, Moves uses your smartphone to track your activity.
  3. Map My Fitness – Whether you choose a route from their database or create your own, MapMyFitness tracks your mileage, speed and activity level.
  4. Endomondo – Need some healthy competition to get you moving? Use Endomondo’s social tools to keep you motivated in your fitness goals.
  5. Tinke – Tinke expands on the typical fitness tracking to include heart rate, respiratory rate, even blood oxygen level.
  6. ShopWell – Created by dietitians, the app returns a score from 1 to 100 based on factors such as your age, gender, weight-loss goals, allergies and more.
  7. Fooducate – Be informed about the foods you purchase with grades regarding nutritional value and useful tidbits such as what minerals or nutrients a food includes.
  8. ChefTap – Import recipes from any site or blog and sync across your devices. Even has Pinterest integration!
  9. Jawbone Up – The latest contender in the fitness tracking market, the Up bracelet tracks daily activity, sleep habits, as well as alerts you when you’ve been idle too long.
  10. Sleepbot – Trash your old-school alarm and awake more naturally with the help of Sleepbot.

Feel Secure

  1. MyPermissions – See applications that have access to your personal data, as well as receive alerts when new apps are connected.
  2. Hotspot Shield – Prevent hackers from snooping on your computer when using public WiFi.
  3. DuckDuckGo – A private search engine that allows you to surf the web anonymously.
  4. Norton Identity Safe – Don’t be caught with a “1234″ password. Norton Identify Safe helps you create strong passwords and then stores them for safe-keeping.
  5. StopDataMining – A directory of opt-out links to stop data brokers from selling your personal information.
  6. Silent Circle – Have to send sensitive information over the phone? This service encrypts phone calls and texts.
  7. Bitcoin – For those seeking financial options beyond traditional banks, BitCoin is an open-source, virtual currency.
  8. Burner – Posting an item to Craigslist but don’t want to give out your cell number? Burner creates temporary, disposable phone numbers.
  9. Synapster – Get rewarded for the data you create every day on the web.
  10. JustDeleteMe – Want to delete that old MySpace account but aren’t sure how? This site ranks sites based on ease of removal and provides links for deletion.

Learn a Language

  1. Duolingo – Free language education app that has a reading, writing and speaking component.
  2. LiveMocha – Practice makes perfect! Immerse yourself in a language by practicing with native speakers.
  3. Quizlet – Learn a new language by translating your Facebook news feed.
  4. The Mixxer – Teach others or come as a student to this global forum for language learners.
  5. italki – Require more personal attention? italki can connect you to an online language tutor.
  6. Verbling – Join live language classes taught by native speakers.
  7. Memrise – Earn points while you learn a new language, and compete against friends.
  8. Fluentify – 30-minute sessions with native speakers on your own schedule.
  9. BYKI – Engaging flash card interface that remembers how you learn and adjusts the cards accordingly.
  10. Forvo – Visiting a new country and need language assistance ASAP? Forvo is an online pronunciation guide with more than 2 million words.

Get to Know Others

  1. Skout – Meet new people by searching for users around your current location.
  2. Nextdoor – Find a babysitter or organized a neighborhood watch group with this private social network for small communities.
  3. MeetMe – Start a conversation with someone new.
  4. Path – Enjoy a small group of close friends? Path is the network for you.
  5. Active – Connect with fellow fitness buffs by searching upcoming events and connecting with others either on the forums or at the event itself.
  6. Volunteer Match – Meet good people while helping out a good cause.
  7. Reader’s Circle – Locate a book club near you and meet fellow book lovers.
  8. Meetup – Find people doing fun things near you – make professional connections and meet new friends.
  9. Yelp – Not just for reviewing restaurants, Yelpers can connect with fellow foodies and organize events to meet new people.
  10. LinkedIn Groups – For those looking to expand their professional network, LinkedIn groups provide a great way to learn more about a topic while engaging in conversation with potential connections.

Go On An Adventure

  1. TripIt – Keep track of all your travel in one place, as well as share your trips with family or fellow employees.
  2. touristeye – Guidebooks are so 2001. Touristeye helps you plan your trip in minutes, providing info on best places to visit and insider tips.
  3. WorldMate – WorldMate syncs travel notifications and changes to your phone and calendar so your itinerary is always up-to-date.
  4. HitList – Don’t let obscure holidays get in the way of your travel. Tell HitList where you want to go and they’ll tell you the best time to visit.
  5. FlightTrack – Real-time departures, delays, and gate numbers on zoomable maps for most flights worldwide. If your flight is cancelled, FlightTrack locates alternative flights.
  6. Rove – The digital travel journal for the wanderers of the 21st century.
  7. Hotel Tonight – If you’re in a pinch and need to book a hotel room, Hotel Tonight will show you what is available nearby and help you book all the way up until 2am.
  8. Glympse – Need to establish a meeting place in a strange city? Glympse allows you to share your geolocation with friends or colleagues, so they can see your real-time location on a map.
  9. HopStop – Door-to-door transit, walking, biking, taxi and car rental directions in over 300 cities.
  10. AirBnB – There’s no place like home, but AirBnB rentals are close. Enjoy a homey environment as opposed to a hotel when traveling.

The Next Web | Slice now lets you track all your online purchases from your iPad

Slice now lets you track all your online purchases from your iPad

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December 17, 2013

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/12/17/slice-now-lets-track-online-purchases-ipad/#!qhzgl

US-based consumers have perhaps encountered Slice before, a service that tracks all your online purchases and pulls the information together into one place. Thus far, Slice has been available for iPhone, Android, and the Web. But from today, it’s available for iPad too.

To use Slice, you simply connect your email account and it automatically finds tracking numbers. On mobile, you can also receive push notifications to let you know when a package is on its way, while a record of everything you’ve ever bought online is maintained – this means you don’t have to go looking for receipts. An added bonus? It serves up price alerts (for partial refunds), as well as newly-released recall monitoring.

An Android tablet-optimized app launched last month, but support didn’t include Kindle Fire. That has been rectified now too.

➤  Slice | App Store

Today.com | Keep your cool this Yule! 4 helpful holiday apps

Keep your cool this Yule! 4 helpful holiday apps

Mario Armstrong

December 5, 2013

http://www.today.com/holidayguide/stress-free-holiday-apps-help-you-keep-your-cool-yule-2D11691635

There’s a lot to keep track of during the holiday season!

First there’s the shopping part, which has already started for most of you (I hope!) and is a huge hassle by itself. Then you add holiday parties and decorating into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for getting stressed out.

Thankfully if you’re willing to download just a few apps you can save time, money and relieve a great deal of stress this holiday season.

Uber

This car service app helps you get a ride and you can pay right on your smartphone.

But check out this limited time feature: Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Uber has teamed up with Home Depot in 10 participating cities to deliver netted LIVE Christmas trees straight to your house! And the best part? You can order, pay and arrange delivery straight from your smartphone. How cool is that? They even include the tree stand, so once it arrives… Bam! You’re good to go.

Simply open the Uber app and select the new “UberTREE” option. It costs $135, and it will charged to your credit card via your Uber account (sorry, no refunds!). A quick heads-up, the trees will be dropped off at the first point of entry to your building, so that could mean your front door, the lobby of your building or the front gate. Uber won’t be setting it up or decorating it for you, although that would be AWESOME!

If you’re looking to save some time and avoid long lines, this could be a huge weight off of your shoulders!

Slice

OK, so you’ve got the tree. How are you dealing with all of those online purchases you’ve made? At this point, you’ve probably spent at least a week shopping online at different times of the day on different sites, and now you’ve got tons of receipts to track as well as tons of packages and deliveries coming in all the time.

Before you start feeling overwhelmed, download the Slice app. Slice automatically tracks everything you buy online! Set-up and use is super simple too, because it works by scanning your email inbox and organizing all those pesky e-receipts from the items you buy. The app even notifies you when there is a price drop of the item you purchased, so you can call up the retailer and get some money back! It’s like having your own personal elf to assist you with your shopping organization.

RedLaser

Now that you’ve gotten the tree and your receipts under control, it’s time to start worrying about the money you’re spending on the rest of your gifts. If you’re like me, you want to get EVERYTHING cheaper and you won’t spend a penny more than you have to. Enter RedLaser, a free app that transforms your phone into the ultimate barcode scanner.

There are two great ways to use this app. First, if you are looking to find the best price while you’re shopping in a store, simply scan the product’s barcode and RedLaser will tell you where the best prices are, automatically comparing the costs at your local brick-and-mortar stores as well as prices online. The app even gives you the option to buy that item directly from your phone!

The second way I use RedLaser is for price matching. Let’s say you are in a store, scan an item, and find that a different store is advertising a lower price. Now, take your phone up to the register and see if the clerk (or a manager!) will match the lower price! If they won’t, no worries, you can still order the item from the other store right there and then on your phone. You’ll never walk away from a purchase worried that you didn’t get the best deal again.

Drync

Now it’s time to relax and have a “Drync!”

Drync is an app that will make it super simple to keep track of all the different wines you taste at restaurants and parties throughout the holiday season! Plus, Drync has some killer features that will help you rate, and even purchase the wines you love.

It’s so easy to use. You simply scan the label of a bottle of wine. Once Drync finds your wine, it shows you prices, allows you to rate the wine and even gives you space to take some notes so when you check back in later you’ll remember exactly why you loved a certain wine!

Once you’ve discovered and added some wines that you love, Drync sorts all of that info under its “My Wines” tab where it includes a picture of the label and the price. The best part? You can now order those wines directly from your iPhone and have them shipped to your home (or to someone else’s if you are giving it as a gift!) There are different flat rate charges that vary depending on how many bottles you order, but if you snag a dozen or more bottles, shipping is FREE!

Two other details you need to know, you have to buy minimum of two bottles for delivery, and the shipment has to be signed for by someone that is at least 21 years old.

So there you go — apps really can make our lives better, and relieve some stress too! I already feel a whole lot better and I know you will too! Happy Holidays!

Digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong is a technology contributor to TODAY. Read more from him at marioarmstrong.com and follow him on Twitter @marioarmstrong and on Facebook.

Yahoo! | Upgrade Your Life: Best New Tool to Track Packages

Upgrade Your Life

Best New Tool to Track Packages

By

December 4, 2013

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upgrade-your-life/best-package-tracking-app-151224417.html

Roughly one-third of all holiday shopping is now done online – and that raises a whole new set of questions: What’s the best way to check that all your gifts will arrive on time? What if the price drops – can you get a refund? And if it needs to be returned, where – in your month’s worth of junk email – is the receipt?! Good news: There’s one great tool that tracks all your purchases for you – automatically.

The Runners-Up

I’ve tried a number of web services that aggregate purchases and track shipments, regardless of vendor or shipper. Sites like Fara, Boxoh, and PackageTrackr all track your packages, but most don’t do a whole lot more than you could do for yourself. With Fara, for example, you need to start by forwarding them your purchase confirmation emails. But if you need to take that extra step, you might as well just put your confirmations in their own little folder yourself. What I want is for everything to be automatic.

Best Tool: Slice

With Slice, you sign up and link the email accounts you use for online shopping. Then Slice combs through your inbox and grabs all the order confirmations, shipping notifications, and e-receipts that online retailers send you. The beauty is that when you click the buy button at Amazon or Gap.com, for example, you don’t have to do ANYTHING else. Slice tracks everything for you.

Price Tracking

After you make your purchase, Slice keeps an eye on the price. If it drops considerably, Slice notifies you. That means you can ask the retailer for a refund. This works on over a thousand retail websites. Ka-ching!

Receipt Tracking

Did you actually order that scarf for Aunt Peg? Instead of combing through your email to check – or if you ever need to make a return – you can just log in to Slice, where you know all your receipts from online purchases will be in one place.

Shipment Tracking

Especially during the holiday season, the real power of Slice is its package tracking. As shipping notices start piling into your inbox, Slice grabs the tracking numbers and shows you where the packages are and when they will arrive.

US News | 10 New Tech Tools That Make Holiday Shopping Easier

10 New Tech Tools That Make Holiday Shopping Easier

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December 3, 2013

From apps to new websites, these tools will help you stay organized, find deals and save money

The crush of holiday spending can do major damage to budgets, despite our best efforts to stay in control. Fortunately for shoppers, entrepreneurs and app developers have embraced the challenge of the season and put their talents to good use: Building tools to help us survive with our sanity, and our bank accounts, intact.

Here are 10 new tools that make it easier to defend your time and cash from the onslaught of the season:

1. Sift

If you’re stuck on what to purchase for your significant other, parent or any other loved ones in your life, this free app can help. It tells you what products are flying off the shelves at your favorite stores (out of a database of more than 3,000 stores) and also sorts through your custom preferences – and email newsletters you receive from retailers – to help make suggestions. TechCrunch recently reported that the service received $2 million from supporters to further expand.

“Sift helps consumers save tons of time and money by aggregating all of their shopping and deal-related emails. … Instead of having to weed through countless emails, users can simply flick through Sift and find items and deals that are tailored to their specific shopping fingerprint,” says Saurin Shah, co-founder and CEO at Sift. He adds that Sift users access five times the number of deals as people who just look through emails.

Best for: Anyone in need of last-minute gift ideas.

2. Gyft

Since gift cards will be a popular gift this year, with the National Retail Federation reporting that the average shopper will spend a record $163 on them, you’re going to need a way to keep track of the ones you receive. (Forgetting to use a gift card is as wasteful as losing cash, after all.) The app Gyft lets you upload your gift cards, purchase new ones, track balances and spend them. “You never have to worry about losing a card again,” says Vinny Lingham, CEO of Gyft. He adds that Gyft’s loyalty program also allows users to earn points that can be redeemed for purchases.

Best for: People with wallets full of gift cards or plans to hand out gift cards at the holidays.

3. Shopular

Already used by more than 1 million shoppers, this app lets you know about current deals while you’re shopping. In other words, you can walk into the shopping mall, and get alerts about discounts from your favorite nearby stores. In that way, it’s similar to other apps, like SaleSorter, that pull information on current markdowns at shoppers’ favorite stores and push those alerts to consumers.

“Shopular will give its users an edge this holiday season, [since] they’ll carry the best in-store coupons and circulars all on one device … As you reach the mall, Shopular will automatically alert you to hot deals at your favorite stores,” says Shopular CEO Navneet Loiwal. Coupons can be redeemed by just showing your smartphone at the register, he adds.

Best for: People who love to browse shops in-person but don’t want to miss out on any special deals.

4. ShopGenius

Like the online tool PriceBlink, ShopGenius works as a browser add-on that lets shoppers check prices elsewhere on their item without leaving the website that they’re on. The tool lets you know if you’ll be able to find a lower price for the same product elsewhere. “ShopGenius [enables consumers] to view the best available price for products they are shopping for online without leaving the e-commerce page they are on. This has special benefit for time-pressed, budget-conscious shoppers who have limited time to search for the best available product price,” says Dave Compton, CEO of ShopGenius.

Best for: Shoppers who make a significant portion of their purchases online.

5. Boxed

If you like the appeal of bulk discounts at Costco or Sam’s Club, but don’t live near a warehouse club or don’t want to bother visiting (and paying to join) one, then Boxed is for you. Shoppers can make purchases via the app, schedule deliveries and get free delivery for orders more than $75.

“Boxed brings the savings of warehouse club right to your mobile device,” says Chieh Huang, CEO and founder of Boxed. Membership is free, and Huang says most orders arrive within a day or two. (Free overnight shipping is available in select cities.) “Save your free time for things that really matter,” he adds.

Best for: People who love buying in bulk but dislike the hassle of visiting warehouse clubs.

6. EasilyDo

Many of us feel overwhelmed at some point during the holidays, and the app EasilyDo promises to act as a “personal assistant” to help us stay organized and save time. It deletes deal-related emails that have expired from your inbox, files e-receipts for you, tracks packages and lets you know when they’ve arrived, and makes it easy to store your lists in one place. It also sends you bad weather alerts.

“Most of us shop, travel and party more during the holidays than at any other time of the year,” says Mikael Berner, founder and CEO of EasilyDo. “Jumping between airports, malls and holiday get-togethers can make it difficult to stay on top of our lives, and it’s easy to miss something we care about when we are overwhelmed by all the little things we haven’t had time to do. EasilyDo proactively makes sure you never miss anything.”

Best for: Stressed out, overbooked holiday shoppers.

7. Slice

Slice, an app and online tool, collects your purchase and shipping information from online purchases to make it easy to track your shipments, make returns, get price drop alerts (and then assistance on requesting a partial refund from retailers to make up the difference) and alerts if one of your purchases is recalled. Since it collects this information automatically, you don’t need to manually enter anything.

“Slice helps consumers effortlessly make sure they get the best price on the gifts they buy with price protection. Most shoppers don’t think to monitor the price of an item after they’ve bought it, but Slice does it for them by automatically alerting them when the price drops, so they can recoup the difference and make sure they get the best deal,” explains Thad Hwang, vice president of product for Slice.

Best for: Time-pressed online shoppers who want to make sure they always get the best deal.

8. Scoutfit or Shop It To Me

Instead of constantly monitoring items for potential price drops, ScoutFit tracks items on your shopping list for you and then sends you alerts when they go on sale. The browser button lets users track specific items, and then sends an email when it reaches the shopper’s desired price or goes on sale. It also offers recommendations for related or similar products. Shop It To Me, an email service as well as a new app, lets you know when your favorite clothing brands go on sale in your size.

“Scoutfit saves all gift lists in one place, and if things go as expected, Scouters will receive emails every day with price drop alerts so that they can buy all of the items they’re shopping for at a sale price. Scoutfit will also provide up-to-date coupon codes while you shop,” says Scoutfit’s co-founder and vice president of marketing, Lainie Herrera.

Charlie Graham, CEO of Shop It To Me, says his service “makes shopping all of the December sales easy. Put in your favorite brands of clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories, and your individual sizes. We’ll track the store sales for you and let you know as soon as your favorite brands go on sale in your size.” He adds that using the service also saves you time because you don’t have to sort through retailer emails or aimlessly surf the web for sales.

Best for: Online window shoppers who don’t want to buy until they know they’re getting the lowest price.

9. FoolProofme

Foolproofme.com, an educational website, offers an impulse buying test that calculates just how much impulse purchases can cost a person over his or her lifetime. For example, it reports that shoppers spend $11 or more on average each time they use a credit card instead of cash for small purchases, which can add up to $55,000 over one’s lifetime. It also offers videos, articles and tips for staying in control of purchases. “The test allows you to see which areas can get you into trouble,” says FoolProof spokesman Remar Sutton. “It gets you to slow down and have some fun online learning about how you waste money,” he adds.

Best for: Overspenders who need some help with tamping down their costs during the holidays.

10. PopNod

The website PopNod has collaborated with more than 350 retailers and organizations, including Zappos and Best Buy, to make it possible for shoppers to get cash back on their purchases, and then donate a portion to charity. Shoppers can shop at their favorite stores online from within the site and then choose to donate between 0 to 100 percent of their cashback. “PopNod does all the hard work so shoppers can save money and help their favorite causes,” says Stephanie David, co-founder of PopNod.

Best for: Online shoppers who want to feel good about giving back while taking care of their shopping list.

People.com | Still in Black Friday Mode? 5 Apps (and a Playlist) to Make Your Life Easier

Still in Black Friday Mode? 5 Apps (and a Playlist) to Make Your Life Easier

November 29, 2013

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We’re feeling perfectly content with our Black Friday scores today, but if you’re still in search of bargains, we’ve got a few apps that might catch your eye (and help find you the best possible deals). Hit play on ModCloth’s Black Friday playlist thanks to Rdio (they’ve got ones from Marc Jacobs and Free People too, if you need more pumping up) and check out some of our favorite apps.

*TheFind is rounding up every possible sale you can imagine and making them super-easy to shop. *FatWallet has a specific Black Friday app that will help you grab things before they sell out in-stores. *CatalogSpree rounds up more than 350 retail brands so you can shop all their deals in one place. *Slice works with your email inbox to keep track of items you want while scanning for major price drops. *Shop It To Me has the same idea, but is all about your own personal preferences.