Well, not shopping for a smart phone, but shop with a smart phone, as in shop smartly with a smart phone.

It has been a two months since owning my first smart phone (and two months since I documented said life step with taking a picture of baby barf on my shirt)

I hate to admit it but I don’t really remember what life was like without one.

Just like I don’t remember having to do school reports with encyclopedias or actually having to call stores to find out if they had something in stock (kiss kiss Internet, kiss kiss)

So without further adieu, the three times my Droid Bionic with Verizon 4GLTE service saved my holiday sanity.

1) Cody wanted a really fancy face shaver for Christmas. Buying a really fancy face shaver for a man is like a man buying really fancy beauty products for a woman. He said the one he wanted was $300 and that it had the best reviews. So when I was at Costco I saw what I thought was the one he wanted for $180. I used the Barcode Scanner app to find out that, yes, it is in fact $300 in other stores and yes, it really is all it’s cracked up to be based on reviews on google. Face shaver? Check. (I also gave it to him early, because why keep giving yourself razor burn when there’s a really nice shaver you could be using. One reason I’m horrible with surprises.)

2) Addie asked Santa for a Password Journal. We call this the Santa fake out. She gives us a list of stuff she wants and then she hops up on Santa’s lap and tells him something ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. I learned the hard way last year. I googled ‘password journal’ before Addie had even received her candy cane and found that yes, it is really a thing and bonus! IT’S THE HOT TOY OF 2011 GOOD LUCK FINDING ONE. You know it’s bad when they’re $20 more on Amazon than they’re supposed to be. I set out to find the password journal in the store only to get laughed at in the first two stores. It’s as if I had asked for a gold plated pony “Good luck lady.” is all I heard. At the third store I was told that maybe another store had them, I looked up the other store, called them and found out that YES! they have them! Within three minutes I had a beat on a password journal and turn by turn directions to the store that contained it. (I was even able to tweet ‘SUCCESS!’ after I had the thing in possession.)

See also: Addie is not allowed to ask for “The hot toy of 20–” ever again.

3) Amazon had black Friday deals that went live every 15 minutes. I had my eye on several Blu-Ray discs for Cody, normally $30, on sale for $5. Of course I couldn’t tell him “Sorry I can’t go to the store with you, I have to buy you a deeply discounted DVD you’ve wanted forever in 3…2…” That would have really ruined the surprise. So thanks to my phone I was able to buy two DVDs with one click  each while out and about running errands without Cody even KNOWING.

My old phone certainly couldn’t do that.

Disclosure: Thanks to Verizon wireless for providing me with a Motoroloa Droid Bionic with 4GLTE service to facilitate my review experience.