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7 Black Friday Apps that Can Help Make (and Not Break) Your Holiday Budget

Black Friday apps

Take the chaos out of Black Friday with a simple app

Holiday chaos is upon us. Or at least it will be come Nov. 23, which is when Black Friday falls this year. (Or on Nov. 22, which is Thanksgiving — otherwise known as Black Friday to retailers who think shopping is exactly what you want to do the second you finish off your third helping of pumpkin pie.)

But bargain shopping should be fun, not something that requires an extra visit to your therapist and a renewed Valium prescription.

There are apps designed to help save you money and guide you through the bargain-hunting process.

Here are 7 of the best ones available this year:

 

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  • BFAds.net 1 of 7
    BFAds.net
    The BFAds.net Black Friday app can help you strategize your shopping in advance by giving you details about sale advertisements and deals from major retailers.
    Download the app here
  • Fat Wallet 2 of 7
    Fat Wallet
    The Black Friday Deal Finder for 2012 from FatWallet touts itself as "the ultimate one-stop resource to shop, save, share and compare all the best deals of the holiday shopping season." It displays all major retailers' Black Friday ads as individual, sortable sale items. There's also an advanced search for free shipping, doorbusters, online availability and rebates. You can get alerts each time a new store ad is made public, and there's a quick way to do in-store comparisons.
    Download the app here
  • Black Friday Survival Guide 3 of 7
    Black Friday Survival Guide
    The app offers breaking news and leaked ads in real time and lets you check out store circulars and advertisements. You can also search for deals by store or category and view discounted products and prices. It's also the only app that offers insight into deals and specials on tablets.
    Download the app here
  • Black Friday 4 of 7
    Black Friday
    Named the Best Black Friday Web Site by PC World and PC Magazine, the Black Friday app has "leaked" and "confirmed" ads from dozens of major retailers. It also allows you to create shopping lists, compare prices from other retailers, and stay up-to-date with push notifications with ads from your favorite stores.
    Download the app here
  • ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner 5 of 7
    ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner
    You might think you're getting the best deal, but maybe you're worried you're actually not. This app will do an instant comparison either by scanning the barcode or searching by keywords. It'll tell you if there's a better price elsewhere — whether locally or online.
    Download the app here
  • TGI Black Friday 6 of 7
    TGI Black Friday
    This app boasts that it has Black Friday ads for "all major retail stores weeks before they are available in your local paper." It also gives frequent updates with "leaked ads," compares prices from store to store and allows you to create a personal shopping list and checks off items as you purchase them. And the app includes integrations with sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+, too.
    Download the app here
  • Point Inside 7 of 7
    Point Inside
    Point Inside not only offers special deals and coupons, it also has complete directories and interactive indoor maps of over 1,250 malls across the country.
    Download the app here

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