Best Free Apps for Black Friday Shopping

By Tracey Dowdy

Depending on how you feel about shopping, Black Friday is either the greatest or worst shopping day of the year. My sister in law and my niece gear up and head out like they’re being deployed and love the thrill of the hunt. I’d rather have a root canal and have never shopped on Black Friday.

So, for those of you who have been eying the flyers and ads, who’ve strategically mapped out your battle plan, here are the best free apps to ensure your mission is a success.

ShopSavvy does not fool around when it comes to Black Friday deals. Get up to date coupons, cash back, daily deals and be notified of price drops at over 40,000 stores nationwide. Create personalized shopping and wish lists, and the app will notify you of sales and price drops as they become available. (Free – iOS, Android)

RetailMeNot was voted the #1 Shopping App: People’s Voice Webby Winner for 2015. The app provides online codes and coupons that can be printed or scanned directly from your phone for over 50,000 retailers and restaurants. Deals are sorted by current location and will send automated updates on local deals. (Free – iOS, Android)

Flipp is the app equivalent to flipping through all the flyers that come in the mail and does the sorting for you. Add your store loyalty card to the app, “clip” the coupons to your card and the discounts are taken at the checkout. Create a shopping list and Flipp will aggregate the best deals from your favorite stores to help you find the best deals. (Free – iOS, Android)

WalMart’s app deserves a special mention when it comes to Black Friday deals. Their “Savings Catcher” feature automatically price matches for you so if there’s a lower price somewhere, they will honor the lower price and give you the difference on an eGift card. It links to Baby and Gift registries and allows you to use your phone as a scanner to create your own gift registry. Even better, it tracks in-store availability of items so if you’re if it’s not the first store on your list of stops on Black Friday, you can check to see if the item you’re looking for is still available. (Free – iOS, Android)

The Coupons App does more than just provide discount coupons at your favorite stores, it will even tell you where the cheapest gas is to get you there and where to eat along the way. Deals are updated daily and throughout the day. (Free – iOS, Android)

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

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