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There's An App For That... 10 (Free!) Apps To Make Shopping on Black Friday Stress-Free

November 23, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Black Friday? Stress-free? Ha! Who am I kidding? The only way Black Friday could possibly be stress-free is if you spent the entire day noshing on Thanksgiving leftovers.

But alas, there is shopping to be done, gifts to be purchased, money to be spent. So if you’re heading to the stores, make sure your smartphone is loaded with these 10 best apps for shopping. They’ll help you find the best deals and save you the trouble of being loaded down with sale circulars, coupons and rewards cards.

1. ShopRunner. Before you stand in that long checkout line, simply scan the barcode on your item using this app and it will display how much the exact same item is across the Web. Found it cheaper? Click right through to order the item immediately.

Cost: Free

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2. ShopAdvisor. Looking for something specific? Set up a price alert now using this app and it will automatically notify you when your items drops to a certain price. It not only shows online deals, but you’ll get local in-store availability as well.

Cost: Free

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3. Black Friday Ads. Do not, I repeat DO NOT, stuff your bag full with all the Black Friday sales circulars. There’s literally an app for that. Just search for the store you’re looking for and the complete Black Friday flier will display right on your phone.

Cost: Free

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4. Price Check by Amazon. It’s no secret that Amazon has great deals on just about everything and you can have access to those deals before you stand in the checkout line at a store. Just scan the barcode or type or speak the product name and the app will display how much the exact same item is selling for on Amazon.com. If Amazon has it for less, you can buy it right from the app.

Cost: Free

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5. ShopKick. ‘Tis the season to cash in on free stuff! When you shop with Shopkick, you earn “kicks” which you can later redeem for gift cards, movie tickets and more.

Cost: Free

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6. Cardstar. You know what keychains were created for? Keys! Not a thousand little store reward tags! So lighten your load by, well, loading all your rewards cards right into this app. You’ll be able to cash in on any special offers and benefits without having to fish your keys from the bottom of your bag.

Cost: Free

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7. Checkpoints. You know how you can earn “miles” for flying? Well this app is basically the same thing, but for shopping. Use the app to scan barcodes while you’re out shopping–this is how you collect points. Once you’ve racked up enough points, cash them in to receive iTunes and Amazon gifts cards and more.

Cost: Free

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8. Shopstyle. If you’re shopping for clothing, shoes and accessories this Friday, there’s no better fashion search engine app than this one. Before you buy something in-store, just search for the product here and it will display how much the item is selling for at hundreds of retailers around the Web. If you find it cheaper, click right through to the store’s site and buy it from your phone.

Cost: Free

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9. Coupon Sherpa. Leave the coupon pouch at home this year. With this app, you can search hundreds of store coupons–including Zales, Finish Line and CompUSA–that can be scanned right from your phone. Even better, you can pay it forward by emailing the best coupons to friends.

Cost: Free

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10. Instagram. Okay, this one doesn’t actually have anything to do with shopping, but you’re sure to see some crazy stuff while you’re on the front lines. Don’t keep it all to yourself–share the laughs with the awesome picture app.

Cost: Free

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