Smartphone shopping: Savings 2.0 apps

In a recession, seems the best shopping accessory isn't a credit card; rather, it's a smartphone equipped with apps to help you save cash, avoid impulse shopping and score the best prices.

According to the Wall Street Journal, (subscription required) online grocery-list tools are popular with budget-minded shoppers. Whatever happened to the back of the electric bill envelope? Oh, right; you get that bill sent straight to your email now. Some of the widgets in question, offered by supermarkets and third-party companies like Meijer and GroceryWiz, respectively, will send a shopper's list right to a web-enabled smartphone.