App Review- Shopular | The Frugalista

App Review- Shopular

by frugalista on April 1, 2015

shopularHey Frugs! I was asked to review the shopping deals app, Shopular. I hung out with the app for a week and I wanted to give you the skinny! You know that I love to give young professionals app information!

The Overview

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So basically, Shopular lets you curate your favorite stores (think shops found in suburban malls and sprawling outlets) and find out when they are having a sale. You can have the app ping you whenever one of your preferred stores has a sale. I like that because sometimes I don’t check my apps on my iPhone, and I don’t want to miss a deal.  The Shopular app is available on iPhone and Android.

Be sure to read the fine print on each deal because the deal could be online only or in the store. You can text a deal to a friend or save them to a special section in the app if you need to browse later. While the Shopular app has tons of clothing places to find coupons – it also has a weekly ads section for deals at stores such as Walmart, Target  and Walgreens.  The weekly ads section looks just like newspaper ads. In my past life, I was a newspaper reporter so I got nostalgic about the design.

Also, you can set the app up to notify you when you are near a sale. This is good for the serious shopper.


Using the Shopular App

For my favorite stores, I selected The Limited, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus, H&M, Zales, Hallmark, Michael Kors and a few others.

I suggest reading the consumer comments on the individual sales before using the coupons or deals. I found out about a sale at Ulta through the app, and I was ecstatic.  I really need to up my beauty make up game. However, the comments on the individual sale warned that the sale wasn’t at every store. I called my local Ulta store and discovered it wasn’t running the deal. I saved myself from a wasted trip! Perfect.

IMG_0451Luckily, I spotted a sale at The Limited for 40-percent off full-price styles. At The Limited I discovered another sale for 50-percent off !!!  That was unexpected, but I was definitely thankful for the app for getting me out of the house to actually see the merchandise. I tend to shop online. Yes, I’m the reason malls are dying. After hovering around The Limited’s Scandal television line’s coats, jumpsuits and blouses, (How could I have forgotten about Oliva Pope-Wear?), I settled on buying some gold hoop earrings on sale. Originally $24.95, my earrings were only $12.47. I went to the store to find a 40-percent deal and found one for half off! Yay, me!

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Excited about the deal, I also left a tip at the bottom of its sale page in the app to let people know there was another sale going on in-store. I also posted a photo of the in-store sale signs! Sharing is caring, and I think this is one of the ways that Shopular stands apart from using circulars or email newsletters for your couponing needs. Really, it stands apart from other mobile couponing apps. It’s like shopping with a friend.

Who Should Use the Shopular App?

This shopping app is good if you shop all the time or if you’re in a retail rut. I haven’t shopped at The Limited in years, and I can’t tell you why I stopped. We just broke up! Seeing it as an option to monitor weekly lets me know that it’s a store I should integrate into my life. The array of shops in Shopular makes you want to try different stores.  If you’re a shop-aholic, at least you know when the app is having a sale without having to depend on emails in your inbox. I hate email lists from stores. I used to love them, but they turn my email into junk mail.



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