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Don't go to town, shop on your phone.

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Go to town with high street shopping.

Ah, shopping. It's miserable outside, the shops are rammed and there’s a million and one things you’d rather be doing. You’re dreading spending your hard-earned weekend fighting your way through the masses on the high street. Sound familiar?

We’ve gathered the best shopping apps the mobile internet has to offer and put them into this handy list. So you can buy new shirts on the train journey home, or order a self-help book while you’re drowning your sorrows at the pub. Get the house decked out for a dinner party, make sure the drinks cupboard’s stocked up and get fresh ingredients delivered to your door.

Bring on the time-saving, stress-busting shopping!

1. Amazon.


For almost any gift, gadget, DVD, music or book you can imagine – and plenty more that you’d never even think of. With fast delivery, optional gift wrapping and some of the best offers around, Amazon might be your saviour!

You can visit the mobile site on your phone at m.amazon.com, where Amazon will suggest the right app for your mobile. Or you can get the free apps for Android,   iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch here.

2. ASOS.

Get all your wardrobe essentials, from vests and underwear to the season’s latest trends at ASOS. It's so easy to use from your mobile and you can even create your own wish list. And, with next day delivery options and free returns, it’s a great place to go for last-minute outfits. There’s also an ASOS iPhone app that’s perfect if you’re a regular shopper.

3. eBay.

Using eBay on your mobile is great for last-minute bargains. If you’re thinking of being a little less commercial this year, you might like picking out vintage or nearly new items for your home, instead of splashing out on brand new products.

eBay is based on auctions, so you’ve got to be ready and waiting to make sure you’re the highest bidder when the auction ends. That’s why using eBay on your phone is ideal – you can be sure you won’t miss out on your item just because you couldn’t get to a computer in time. True eBay fans will like the mobile site but love the app even more: here’s a link to the eBay Android app.

4. Next.

Another high street giant that’s even better online or on your phone. With a modern selection of homewares and clothing,   Next is sure to suit every taste. The app’s available for  iPhone, iPad and Android – and you can also browse the mobile site from your phone – just type in m.next.co.uk.

You can browse the whole Next Directory for gifts, outfits, soft furnishings, gadgets and more from your phone, and get them delivered to you the next day.  Now that’s what we call efficient shopping.

5. Tesco.


So you've made the most of the sales, updated your wardrobe and added to your DVD collection. Now, to the supermarket! Got a sinking feeling? No need: for delivery to your door, download Tesco's shopping app for iPhone, iPhone, Android, Nokia or Windows Phone.

You’ll also save time and money by doing your weekly shop online or on your mobile. Even though carrying bags of shopping home is sure to burn off some calories, going to the supermarket means spending money on fuel, parking – and it’s easy to get distracted by goodies and special offers you don’t really need.