You’re in the middle of Toys “R” Us and see the latest and greatest video game that your son must have. You pick up the item and consider purchasing it until you notice the price tag. Although you can’t be sure, you could’ve sworn you saw the same game for less at Wal-Mart. In the past, you would’ve had to leave the store and travel to Wal-Mart to check the price or simply buy the game and be out the money. Luckily, with the advent of smartphones and tablets, you can now use apps to price check items wherever you are.

Here are some of the top apps that help you check and compare prices.

Price Check by Amazon (iOS and Android)

If you’ve ever shopped the online retail giant, Amazon, then you know what great prices are offered through the store. This free app is available on both Apple and Android devices and makes searching prices in store a cinch. With four ways to look up products (barcode scanner, photo search, voice search and text search), you’ll be able to quickly and easily compare the price of the product with and its various merchants. (Free)

ShopAdvisor (iOS and Android)

ShopAdvisor expands upon the capabilities of the Price Check app by including a large range of utilities and more retail locations. Once installed on your Apple or Android device, you’ll have access to a built-in barcode scanner. While in store, simply scan the product’s barcode and see prices from online and local stores. You’ll be given a list of stores where the product is on sale and can also receive an alert when the price drops. The app is free and also provides links to manuals and guides for the products. (Free)

BarCode Scanner (Android)

This free app can scan more than simply barcodes. It also has the capacity to scan Data Matrix and QR Codes as well. The comparison prices are taken from Google product search results. Reviews about the product also appear on screen. This is a no frills price checker that is simple to use and doesn’t require advanced navigation through the app. (Free)

Grocery Pal (iOS)

This free app for the iPhone or iPad informs you of both the sale items and coupons available at local grocery stores on a weekly basis. Featured stores include CVS, K-Mart, Stop and Shop, Wal-Mart and Albertsons. On this app, you’re able to compare product prices across multiple stores. You can build and save lists in the app in order to track sale items and organize items based on aisles. (Free)

Google Shopper (Android)

This Android based app is free and considered one of the best comparison shopping applications currently available. Although like most price checker apps a barcode scanner comes standard, it also has the ability to analyze the covers of books, CDs, DVDs and video games in order to locate the product. You’ll then be provided with both a list of local retail prices and online prices. If you choose a local store to buy the product, the app provides you with contact details and directions. Product reviews and specifications are also listed as part of the product search. (Free)

Try out multiple apps to find the ones you like the best. If the app seems buggy or only provides a limited number of stores to compare prices at, you’ll easily be able to find alternatives. Also, there’s no need to pay for a price comparison app. The majority of developers will offer up the app for free.

What’s your favorite price comparison app?

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