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Bargain shopping can be fun and rewarding for your family budget, except when you find out that perfect purchase wasn't the best deal.

We met Shea Gipson shopping with her nine-year-old, Amira. Amira loves clothing so much she started a blog called Tween Fashionista.  On the site, she talks about clothing trends for young girls.

"I think if you're going to be a fashion designer, you have to have a passion early on, and I do," Amira said.

She gets her keen sense of fashion from her mom, who owns the beauty trend business, Champaign Taste. 

"I depend on my cell phone; it's my lifeline to clients," said Shea.  She uses it to keep in touch with people 24 hours a day. 

But she also uses her smart phone to save. She's become a huge fan of mobile apps. 

ShopSavvy has been on her iPhone for years. She always uses it. The app lets you scan bar codes on items you're interested in buying and searches your area to see if you can find that product for a better price nearby or online. 

We scanned an adorable pair of boots Amari bought. 

"See right here, it's telling me that they are $69.99 online.  So I know I'm getting a good deal, because they're $29.99 here at Marshall's," Shea explained.  

"I don't like to be in a store with a 45 percent-off sale and have to calculate how much the item will be," Shea said.  Sale Saver is a free app that will calculate the cost of an item once the percentage is taken off the original price.

"I love it, because it does all the work for me," said Shea.  It also helps Shea keep track of how much she's spent so far!

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