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6 Black Friday Shopping Apps

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Black Friday shopping apps

It’s that Black Friday time of year when shoppers arrive at the malls in the wee hours of the morning, ready to battle for deals before the sun rises.

Prefer to snooze your way through savings? Great news! You can catch some extra z’s on Black Friday because now you can navigate all the top consumer steals with just the touch of a button. Smart shoppers are increasingly turning to smartphones to help find deals.

According to BusinessInsider.com, mobile traffic grew to 39.7 percent of all online Black Friday traffic in 2013 and “24.9 percent of all online traffic on Black Friday came from smartphones.”

The trend is expected to grow this year. Shoppers can now swipe a finger on their smartphone screens and head to the mall for an exciting experience without all the Black Friday madness.

Read on for six Black Friday apps that will have you returning home with bags of the season’s hottest deals before the leftovers have cooled.

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This free app available through iTunes is the perfect shopping companion, offering early, easy access to big store and local deals, as well as shopping alerts that cater to your personal shopping list, and a scanner that allows you to zap the product to see if there is a better price elsewhere.

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What’s great about this Black Friday app by Slickdeals is that you can create a shopping list and browse deals by the stores. It also has a “News” feature that reports the latest buzz on popular items and where they can be found. Shoppers will also like the Black Friday message board.

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Search products and compare prices with the QR barcode reader, just like many of the apps. But, with ShopSavvy.com you can purchase an item from the app itself. So, once you find a price you like, “grab it” with just the tap of your finger. 

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This app is free and lets you comparison shop with the bigger chains and the local hot spots. Think you can get a better deal? RedLaser.com will point you in the right direction. It also keeps track of coupons and sales to add to your Black Friday discounts. Use the digital wallet to scan your loyalty cards at the register without any fuss.

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This free app has been updated to include great buys and product images from some of the biggest chains like Kmart and Macy’s, but they include local deals, too. FatWallet.com offers online coupons, hints on where to find free stuff and even an interactive forum where shoppers can dish on all the latest sales and price points.

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If you’re going to shop, why not be rewarded with gift cards for your store loyalty? This free app qualifies you for points just for walking through the door. Turn in the points—or the “kicks”—for participating stores.

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Kerri S. Mabee is a longtime contributing writer to San Diego Family Magazine.

Published: November 2014