The annual shopping nightmare known as Black Friday is upon us. Much of the action this year will be happening before Friday, with stores such as Target and Walmart opening on Thanksgiving night. Many retailers are also offering a number of specials all week, so the deal shopping can begin right away.
To prepare yourself for some serious power shopping load up your smartphone with the best mobile apps. Included here is a list of some of the best apps for finding deals, comparing items, and
Links to download each of the apps are included at the end of the description. All are free, with most available for both Android and iPhone.
Black Friday Coupons: Created by the shopping app Shopular, this app is built just for finding ads and other specials promoted for Black Friday. For iOS, the deals are worked into the standalone Shopular app. (Google Play, App Store)
Black Friday App: This cross-platform application with the straightforward name is a non-stop feed of deals and sales. The best feature is the constant communique of leaked ads and insider tips for from the major retail chains. (Google Play, App Store)
Decide: This excellent app serves as a forecaster about whether now is the right time to buy a specific item. All kinds of electronics from air conditioners to washing machines are included in Decide’s calculations, which provide a score indicating how good the price is. (App Store)
Zoomingo: Surviving the crushing crowds at monstrosities such as Wal-Mart or Target requires serious analysis of the most worthy specials. Zoomingo is designed to help you through Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season with . Better yet for Android owners, it has a tablet-optimized interface. Save deals for later, or tap the map icon to view the store from above. (Google Play, App Store)
Zappos Mobile: Maybe you would rather evade the excessive consumerism and do your shopping from home. Zappos Mobile has seriously stepped up its game, beyond just the hallmark of being a great place to buy shoes. (Google Play, App Store)
Price Check by Amazon: You may feel weird doing it, but with this app you can quickly scan any item in a store to find its exact price on Amazon. Not only will it tell you if the item is cheaper online, but some stores may match the price. (Google Play, App Store)