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Black Friday shopping: Five must-have apps
Black Friday can be overwhelming enough with crowds, lines and lack of sleep, so naturally navigating the best deals also can add to the strain. But never fear: There’s an app for that. Don’t miss any deals with these helpful -- and free -- Black Friday apps.
Price Check by Amazon
The Price Check app allows you to check if that in-store deal is actually your best bet. The app allows you to search for a product by scanning the barcode, taking a picture of it or simply speaking or typing the name right into your phone. Price Check then cross-references the product with the prices of Amazon and its affiliates to let you know which is offering it at the cheapest price.
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Decide Shopping & Price Predictor
The Decide app is like a shopping buddy who helps you decide if you should buy that big-ticket item now or wait. This app is guaranteed to find gadget prices online or nearby and tell you whether or not a new model is coming out soon or other details that may impact pricing. Additional features include price-drop alerts and a barcode scanner.
The Shopkick app rewards you just for stepping into a store on Black Friday. A visit to most major retailers will earn you discounts and points redeemable for gift cards, free drinks and iTunes downloads. Scanning items and making purchases lead to even more points.
The American Express app makes keeping track of spending easy. The addition of a mobile gift card feature allows you to redeem points for mobile gift cards that can be used at stores like Gap, Old Navy, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma.
If you download only one shopping app for friday, make it the Black Friday app by Fat Wallet. This all-inclusive app explores special deals from all major retailers and helps sort and compare the best ones. It also lets you add the best deals to wish lists for easy reference while shopping and receive push notifications when new deals are added.
When and where do you do your holiday shopping?
Black Friday! I hit up all the local big box stores for deals. I'm already done shopping. I collect gifts throughout the year. I put it off until the last minute and go to the local mall. I do all of my shopping online to avoid the crowds. I try to shop at local boutiques and avoid major retailers.