Shop smart with free Black Friday apps
Black Friday shoppers who want to avoid long lines to grab great deals can download new apps that will let them shop for bargains from the comfort of their home.
Who wants to deal with maddening mall parking lots?
Shopping on Black Friday can be an overwhelming task with trying to figure out the best deals and navigating the lines.
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For Black Friday shoppers who want to avoid long lines to grab great deals can download new apps that will let them shop for bargains from the comfort of their home.
With patience and your smartphone, you can work the stores and keep your sanity, you can work smarter instead of harder and make your shopping experience a little easier.
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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 iPhone and Android apps out there you might find helpful:
Black Friday iPhone or Black Friday Android - Black Friday deals, bringing the latest ads to your mobile device as soon as they break
TGI Black Friday iPhone or TGI Black Friday Android - Scans many web sales, allow searching and lists
Target iPhone or Target Android - QR/barcode scanner to locate items in store and availability, store finder, list
Walmart iPhone or Walmart Android - Barcode scanner, search store, push notifications for deals and specials, list
Sam's Club iPhone or Sam's Club Android- Inventory check, shopping list, membership services
Amazon iPhone or Amazon Android- Barcode scanner compares prices, using Amazon's vendors
Coupons.com iPhone orCoupons.com Android- Search and sort deals, add to loyalty cards
Best Buy iPhone or Best Buy Android- purchase via app, deals of the day push
Sears iPhone or Sears Android - Pre-purchase/pickup in store, store finder, PayPal purchase option
JCP iPhone or JCP Android- Check inventory, purchase and order
Kohl's iPhone or Kohl's Android- Store locator, pre-order, barcode scanner
Costco iPhone or Costco Android - Coupon access, list creation, upload photos, order items not in store
ToysRUs iPhone or ToysRUs Android - Check inventory, scan QR codes, PayPal purchase option
ShopAdvisor iPhone or ShopAdvisor Android - Keeps track of products you are interested in, and notifies you when the deal is right
Shopular iPhone or Shopular Android- The best selection of hand-picked in-store coupons and deals for your favorite stores
ScanLife iPhone or ScanLife Android - Put a personal shopper in your pocket so you'll always get the information you want. Scan any product QR Code or barcode or search to quickly find more about it including prices & reviews.
Fancy iPhone or Fancy Androidor Fancy Windows- Imagine Pinterest, but equipped with the ability to buy cool stuff instead of just share it. Dangerous for your wallet? Yes. It's still a lot of fun.
Santa's Bag iPhone — Can't keep track of what everyone wants for the holidays? This digital shopping list can be organized by gift or recipient and tells whether or not you have blown your budget.
Raise iPhone — Forget coupons. This app lets you instantly buy discounted gift cards on your phone, present the gift cards at the register and walk away with cheap stuff from retailers like Target, Walmart and Home Depot.
Spring iPhone — Follow your favorite brands like Levi's, Alice & Olivia and Opening Ceremony, and swipe-to-pay on products you love. Simple, clean and so very, very tempting.
Black Friday Mobile Shopping Apps - Get all the breaking Black Friday 2014 ads on your iOS and Android devices.
And there are some apps that will help you in some other, non-shopping ways:
Find My Car or My Car Locator - It does exactly what the name says
WRCB Radar app - Our interactive radar and forecasts will help keep you warm and dry while you plan your shopping