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The Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Shopping Apps

Do you want to find the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals? There’s an app for that. In fact, there are tons of them. If you feel lost in a sea of money-saving apps, don’t worry – you aren’t alone. Here’s a breakdown of the 15 most popular Black Friday/Cyber Monday apps:

1. RedLaser

RedLaser is a barcode scanning app for iPhone and Adroid. Use the app to scan QR codes, check prices, and find the nearby retailers with the lowest prices on specific items.

2. Scanbuy

Scanbuy is another mobile barcode scanning platform. Not only can you scan barcodes and QR codes to check prices, but you can also read product reviews and find local deals.

3. Yowza!!

Yowza!! is a mobile coupon app that takes the hassle out of clipping coupons. This app finds coupons and deals in your geographic area. Rather than looking for deals at specific stores, Yowza!! aggregates all the deals in your area. This means you might have to drive around town and shop various stores to get the best prices. Yowza!! makes this easier for you by providing a barcode for the cashier to scan so you can get the deal.

4. Coupon Sherpa

The Coupon Sherpa app is similar to Yowza!!, as it also brings hundreds of online coupon codes, printable coupons, and even grocery store coupons right to the palm of your hand. They even have a “Black Friday Coupons” section dedicated to the biggest shopping day of the year.

5. Save Benjis

Save Benjis is a scanning app that allows the consumer to check the sale price in a store against what is available online. It also has advanced search option to allow the consumer to include manufacturer and part number. A word of advice: Amazon does not allow their prices to be displayed in this app. Check the Amazon site to make sure you are getting the best deal.

6. Amazon Price Check

Check prices instantly on millions of products by scanning barcodes, uploading photos, speaking the names of the products, or manually typing the information.

7. Black Friday by dealnews.com

The Black Friday app finds the best Black Friday deals with links to product reviews; you can also purchase items directly through the app. Users can get the details on doorbusters, including how many of each item are going to be at stores. There are also icons on each listing that tell you if the deal is just a rumor or confirmed, early bird, in-store only, etc. You can also make lists and share them via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

8. TGI Black Friday by Deal Catcher

This app aggregates Black Friday advertisements. The coupons from these ads are then listed in the app and can be browed by date, store name, or category. If you don’t want to read through all the listings, you can input product information directly into the app to search for deals on that specific item. There is also a shopping list feature, which allows the user to keep track of everything they plan on purchasing. Users can also share coupons/deals with friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

9. TGI Cyber Monday by Swagger Media

Start shopping online deals right now. While shopping Cyber Monday is arguably easier on a computer, this app can help you do the preliminary work on your mobile device.

10. The Find

This app is brought to you by TheFind.com, a shopping search engine that finds the best prices on products. With their mobile app, the user can scan barcodes for detailed product information, check prices in-stores and online, get directions to stores, set prices watches, and make and save product lists. You can also share scanned items with your friends on Facebook.

11. Google Shopper

Leave it to Google to make a highly functioning shopping app. With a barcode scanner, voice activation, maps, and specific search tools, users can locate the best deals, research products, and get all the store information they need. There is also a deal of the day feature and geolocation function for local sales.

12. Black Friday by FatWallet

Fat Wallet is an online coupon code site that has expanded their services to include a Black Friday Deal Finder. This app displays retailers’ ads and allows the user to search deals by brand, price range, and type of item. You can also search doorbusters and deals with free shipping or rebates.

13. Springpad

The Springpad app searches the Internet 24/7 for money-saving price cuts, coupons and reviews of the products and services you’re tracking. You can even scan in barcodes and Springpad will not only provide links where you can purchase the item, it also will alert you when the price drops and show price comparisons.  Use the app to save money and keep track of everything, including the tech toy you are saving for.

14. Shopkick

With Shopkick, some stores will actually reward you simply for walking in. You don’t have to buy anything in order to get rewards, called kicks, which you can cash in for everything from gift cards to movie tickets. Go big and you can score a 3D 55″ Sony Bravia HDTV or a cruise around the world. You also get exclusive deals at millions of retailers across the country. But how do you know which stores are participating or how to collect? You don’t have to. You just make sure your app is open as you enter participating stores like Target, Macy’s, American Eagle, Sports Authority, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Wet Seal and more.

15. ScoutMob

Looking for deals close to home? ScoutMob lets you save money with location-based coupons and in your city.  The app offers deals that are new and rapidly-expiring, with no upfront purchases or commitment needed. Simply show your ScoutMob app deal to your local merchant and save on your purchase. Scout Mob also offers additional incentives for repeat business at a deal-spot.

Note: Some barcode scanning apps can be unreliable, which is why it’s a good idea to also compare prices against an app that allows you to use various methods (such as TheFind, Google Shopper, or Price Check) for inputting the product information.

For more information on how to get the best Black Friday deals, read Mint Life’s “Top Ten Black Friday Shopping Tips.”

Morgan Benzian is a freelance writer and blogger living in Southern California with her two daughters and flock of backyard chickens. You can read more of her at The Little Hen House.