Mobile apps have the potential to transform our lives but with well over a million apps to choose from how do we find the right ones? Last week during the #VZWBuzz weekly group chat, we focused on some must-have apps and highlighted a few favorites that are just too much fun to pass up!

Each Friday at 3pm EST Verizon Insider and a team of host tackle a unique tech subject during the #VZWBuzz Twitter chat. In addition to great conversation and personal experience from hundreds of tweeters, these gadget geeks provide numerous helpful resources to continue your education long after the one hour chat is over. In case you missed it, we are bringing you a recap of all we learned but be sure to join us next week!

Easy Ways to Shop and Save From Your Smartphone

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Apps That Help You Save and Shop

Favado helps you comparison shop easily. Customize the app to compare prices of items you buy everyday, like diapers, at local stores like Walgreens, Walmart or Target. (For Android and iOS)

RedLaser lets you compare prices on clothing, accessories, household items and more at local stores AND online retailers.(For AndroidiOS and Windows Phone)

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Cellfire and RetailMeNot are virtual coupon-clippers. Both generate instant coupons right to your mobile phone – wether your shopping online or in store. Bonus: No more paper cuts.

Verizon has the scoop on more helpful apps including an app for your loyalty cards and earning cash back for being brand loyal.

Apps To Help You Pay Securely 

I’ve been using Square as a mobile tool for accepting credit card payments for some time, but you can also use Square Wallet to pay using NFC technology. the app helps you find nearby businesses that accept Square Wallet.  The app is available for the iPhone and Android smartphones.

With Google Wallet you can store your credit, debit and other cards and then pay online or offline at participating stores. While the mobile app is only available for a limited number of phones, the security tools and perks still offer value for online shoppers.

Surf and Sunshine is a member of the #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger program. All opinions remain our own.

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