Back to school smartphone shopping tricks

Attention back to school shoppers: Your smartphone can score you extra deals and help you get in and out of stores in a flash.

Target: Instant coupons to your phone
Target: Instant coupons to your phone

Retailers are well aware that many parents and their kids will probably stroll into their store with a smartphone in hand as they launch their back to school shopping this year.

With that in mind, stores such as Target, J.C. Penney and others are tapping into the growing base of digital consumers by introducing special back to school initiatives that specifically target smartphone users.

For back to school, Target is offering mobile coupon blasts. Sign up for the deals by texting COUPONS to TARGET (827438) and you'll get new mobile coupons every two weeks.

You can also scan barcodes on products in Target stores using the built-in camera on your smartphone to get product details and read reviews.

And if you want to avoid the back to school lines at the cashier, you can use your phone to checkout with your account.

Parija Kavilanz - Last updated August 16 2011: 1:06 PM ET
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