MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: Back-to-school apps

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's August, and the calendar is bringing kids closer to heading back to school. If you're looking for ways to simplify your shopping, here are some apps that can make it happen.

It's the second-biggest season of the year for retailers. The average American household with school-age children is expected to spend $635 on back-to-school items.

If you find back-to-school shopping as overwhelming as the holiday rush, consider some apps to help.

Retail Me Not and Yowza are two mobile apps that draw in discounts, coupons and deals, based on your location. Users simply scan coupons from the phone at checkout.

The Shoptopia app is also location-based, finding the nearest stores and discounts. There's also a search function if you're looking for a deal on a specific item like shoes or clothes.

Shopkick recently upgraded its app to allow shoppers to make purchases from a variety of major retail partners, directly from the app. Users also collect rewards points as they shop to redeem for gift cards and other purchases.

The Key Ring app lets users ditch all of those store loyalty cards by scanning them and putting them in one place. The app also features a shared shopping list function so families can see who's buying what.

And if there's an individual retailer where you'll be doing the bulk of your back-to-school shopping, check out its app too, for mobile discounts and deals.

All of these applications are free and can be used on any smart phone.

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