Several applications on smartphones can help consumers planning on some last-minute shopping and may become most useful in the final days leading up to Christmas.
"They're updated all the time so as we get closer to the holiday season and it's really into crunch time, a lot of retailers will actually lower prices," said Erryn Andersen of U.S. Cellular. "You can get price alerts on your phone as well."
Popular applications include coupon finders as well as store locators. The combination allows you to get the best deal while you're out shopping and also refuel on food or other services when you need a break.
The applications can be located by visiting the relevant store or market, depending on your type of smartphone.