When holiday shopping, it can be difficult to find the perfect gift at the best price possible. For senior caregivers on a budget, the price of gifts can be an extra stressor. Instead of scouring through newspapers and endless e-mails looking for the best deals, the Retale app offers users sale information for several stores in one place.
When users open the app for the first time and allow it to use their location, a menu opens up featuring suggested retailers including Target, CVS, Best Buy, etc. Users can scroll through the list and star their favorite stores for a more customized viewing later. The app then takes users to a home screen showing all of the weekly ads for those stores in their area on one menu. The weekly ads look just like the ads found in a newspaper sharing all of the special deals in that particular store. The app goes a step further and shows the store name, when the add expires and how far the user is from a location of that store.
For stores with multiple pages to their sales guide, users can swipe their finger left or right across the screen to flip through page by page. Caregivers looking for gift ideas for loved ones without a particular item in mind will benefit most from this set up as they can quickly look through the deals presented and see if any of the items will work as a present for a loved one. The largest pitfall of the app is the inability to compare store to store the cost of a single item, or to compare deals in a category such as electronics or kitchen appliances. For finding the best price on the web for a specific item, users are probably better off searching online.
Caregivers can also use the app to view deals on groceries throughout the rest of the year or to find places nearby with deals when in an unfamiliar area. The app also allows users to create a shopping list before they leave for a store and use a scissors function to clip coupons from the ads for electronic storage.
The Retale app is available for free for Apple and Android platforms.
Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.