Use your phone to make your list, check it twice.
It seems like holiday shopping starts earlier and earlier every year.
While Black Friday is still a couple weeks out, new apps for smartphones have made it even easier to find shopping bargains and learn of a good deal before the masses do.
Start out with the iPhone app called, "OO," for "Overwhelming Offers."
It's free and it keeps track and notifies you of brand new, brand name products at 50% off or more.
These are great deals and they get posted daily, Monday through Friday.
They are of limited quantities, hence you have to move fast or make a reservation through the app and go and get it within three days.
From the same company comes Shopping Goddess, another free iPhone app that is a sort of Facebook for shopping fanatics and fashionistas.
Over 5,000 expert shoppers network ideas on shopping strategies, best deals and the like.
It even has a live feed of incoming shopping reviews.
Shop Savvy is a cool Android and iPhone app that lets you scan barcodes with your phone and compare prices across 20,00 retailers.
It also provides reviews.
Another favorite is Coupon Sherpa.
Use this app to find coupons while on the go.
Just show the coupon on your phone and it'll scan at the register.
It's available free for the iPhone.