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Shopping Simplified

No, I would not like a copy of my receipt, thanks. And scouring stores for the best price or the perfect gift? Talk about tiring. Here are three ways—two apps, one gift card—to help you stay sane this holiday season.




Problem: You’re tired of jamming receipts into your pockets and seeing them spill out of your purse.
Solution: Snap photos of your receipts, and e-mail electronic ones to the Ziploop app, created by Orinda resident Peter Jackson (no relation to Lord of the Rings’ Jackson). Ziploop organizes your receipts, rewards cards, coupons, and promotions on your device, and can alert you to expiring offers or upcoming sales at your favorite stores. Available on iTunes and Google Play, ziploop.com.


Power Shop

Problem: You’re shivering outside a department store, waiting for the doors to open for the Black Friday sales. What a deal, right?
Solution: Danville’s Bob Pack designed Shop O’ Lot’s Just Sales app, which lets you browse sales and deals based on your product or brand preferences. “Geolocation” helps the app identify and categorize all the best nearby scores, and you can save your favorites or share sales with friends. Available on iTunes and Google Play, shopolot.com.

Gift It

Problem: You’re in desperate need of a last-minute gift for that impossible to shop for person in your life.
Solution: Try the Danville Gift Pass—it’s like the Disneyland fast pass of shopping. Skip waiting at multiple stores, and just give this gift card, redeemable at more than 50 Danville shops and restaurants. Load it up online, and send it via e-mail or text to the recipient, who can use it for everything from a dinner for two to a day at the spa. app.yiftee.com/danville.

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