It seems like every year Black Friday gets a little crazier. The crowds are bigger crowds, stores open earlier, and the perfect deal — not to mention your car in the mall parking lot — gets harder to find.

The apps in this slideshow can help make the experience far more bearable. This year, turn to your smartphone to help you find Black Friday promotions, cope with parking madness, get the best deals, and stay entertained while you wait in ridiculously long lines.

TGI Black Friday

What it does: TGI Black Friday gathers Black Friday deals from popular stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. You can browse by items, categories, and sales from each store. You can also download PDF scans of available Black Friday ads.

Who it’s for: Black Friday shoppers who want to find the best deals or are looking for a particular store’s ad

Black Friday Coupons and Deals

What it does: This app hunts down sales, discounts, and coupons from online and brick-and-mortar stores. The goodies it uncovers range from free shipping and storewide sales to coupons for free food and store giveaways. You can search by category or brand, and all of the coupons are timely and accurate. The app asks you for your name, email address, and zip code, but the app works whether you enter them or not.

Who it’s for: Anyone who doesn’t want to search endlessly for store coupons and sales

Google Shopper

What it does: Google Shopper is a great app for finding products and for comparison shopping. The app will tell you prices, location, and inventory levels of items — both online and in stores.

Who it’s for: Comparison shoppers who want to make sure that a store they’re considering visiting isn’t out of stock of the item they want to buy

Amazon Mobile

What it does: The Amazon Mobile app lets you search the monster online retailer for products, either by scanning a barcode or by manually entering the item that you’re looking for. You can even skip the crowds and buy the item directly from the app–and have it delivered to your home.

Who it’s for: People who prefer shopping from the comfort of their home and hate waiting in line for hours.


What it does: Shopkick has a unique system that lets you earn points as you shop. Walk into a store or scan a display, and you receive points that you can eventually redeem for gift cards and other swag.

Who it’s for: Shoppers who cover a lot of ground and want to be rewarded for their dedication. What’s better than free stuff in return for shopping?


What it does: This intuitive, well-designed app keeps track of all of your expenses for the day, week, month, or year. You manually enter each purchase to keep track of your spending for Black Friday and beyond. It’s fully customizable, so you can set up different payment types, expense categories, and names of stores/vendors.

Who it’s for: Active shoppers who need to keep to a budget; iWallet lets you set a specific budget for each day

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