Smart Buying

3 Best Shopping Websites and Apps of 2016

Improved tools to help you save money using your smartphone or computer.

The picks below are part of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s annual Best List, a roundup of the best values in all the areas we cover – from funds, stocks and ETFs to credit cards and bank accounts to cars, college, kid stuff, phone plans, travel and health. Discover all our Best List picks here.

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Website for cash back

Create a free account at eBates.com, then click on any of the site’s more than 2,000 retail partners, recently ranging from Amazon to Zulily. How much you’ll earn back depends on how much you spend and where you shop. For example, eBates recently offered 1% back on Best Buy purchases and up to 10% back at Expedia. You’ll receive a check or PayPal payment every three months as long as you’ve earned more than $5.

Single-store app

Target’s Cartwheel app helps you save on everything from food to clothing to health-and-beauty aids. Download the app to your phone, then scan the bar codes of items at the store as you add them to your cart to find and select app-only savings offers. Display the Cartwheel bar code on your phone at checkout to claim your savings.

Multi-store app

ShopSavvy helps you quickly spot better prices at other retailers while you’re out shopping. Use your phone to scan the bar codes of items you’re planning to purchase, and the app will show you how much each item costs at local stores and online retailers. You’ll also see reviews from other shoppers.

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