CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Now that Black Friday is encroaching on Thanksgiving Day, expect both the marketing and competition to heat up.
Armed with your wits, some patience and a smartphone, you can work the stores and keep your sanity.
Most serious shoppers do their homework; slogging through the coupons in the newspaper Thanksgiving Day and strategically planning.
But you can work smarter instead of harder; there are apps for your smartphone that can help you find just that deal you're looking for, and most of them are free.
Here are some of the apps out there you might find helpful:
TGI Black Friday - Scans many web sales, allow searching and lists Black Friday App - Gathers info from sale sites, stores with confirmation and "leaked" deals Target - QR/barcode scanner to locate items in store and availability, store finder, list Walmart - Barcode scanner, search store, push notifications for deals and specials, list Sam's Club - Inventory check, shopping list, membership services Amazon - Barcode scanner compares prices, using Amazon's vendors Coupons.com - Search and sort deals, add to loyalty cards Best Buy - purchase via app, deals of the day push Sears2go - Pre-purchase/pickup in store, store finder, PayPal purchase option JCP - Check inventory, purchase and order Kohl's - Store locator, pre-order, barcode scanner Costco - Coupon access, list creation, upload photos, order items not in store ToysRUs - Check inventory, scan QR codes, PayPal purchase option
And there are some apps that will help you in some other, non-shopping ways:
Find My Car - does exactly what the name says WRCB Traffic - check traffic between shopping spots, plan routes WRCB Radar- Make sure you stay warm and dry while scoring those Black Friday bargains
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:29 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:29:09 GMT
The parents of a Cleveland, Tennessee native, now living in Moore, Oklahoma, say they are grateful their son is alive.More >>
The parents of a Cleveland, Tennessee native, now living in Moore, Oklahoma, say they are grateful their son is alive. Twenty-five-year-old Jay Brown and his wife were in Moore when this week's massive tornado hit.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:22:18 GMT
Dade County officials tell us 14 main roads were damaged by flood waters, but then there are private roads, like the Doyle family's bridge. More >>
Dade County officials tell us 14 main roads were damaged by flood waters, but then there are private roads, like the Doyle family's bridge. Now six members of the family are stuck on the other side, and say their options for getting out are limited.More >>