Black Friday is almost here, and if you’re planning to go shopping that day you should take the time to research the deals that major retailers are offering up to make a list of the items you actually want. Otherwise, you may end up buying much more than you need.
Of course, not everyone has the time to do this. Lucky for them, there are a few great smartphone apps that you can take advantage of while shopping on Black Friday to find the best deals, compare prices and ensure that you stick to your shopping list.
TGI Black Friday
If there is one app you should download this week, it’s TGI Black Friday. This app collects circulars and promotions from all the major retailers, and makes it easy to search through the listings by product or by store. When you find a deal that you like, you can add it to the built-in shopping list or you can e-mail it to friends and family who may be interested.
Few retailers promote Black Friday deals as vigorously as Amazon, and now the company has decided to take the event one step further by introducing a new iPhone app called Price Check to help you comparison shop. With this free app, users can scan barcodes, take pictures of items or simply type or speak the name of the product and Price Check will find the best prices for it from several major retailers.
While the app is a quick and easy way to compare deals, it only displays three stores per item, and one of them is always Amazon, so it is somewhat limited.
In many ways, TheFind does what Amazon’s Price Check should do. This free app for iPhone and Android phones lets users scan product barcodes to compare the price with offerings from thousands of online stores or simply those that you’ve marked as your favorites. Users can also use a built-in GPS feature to filter results by location so that you find the best deals at nearby stores.