The mall is a combat zone on Black Friday, and you need a strategy for snatching the prime deals and getting out quickly. Put these 10 apps in your arsenal for a fighting chance at getting everything you need at the lowest possible prices. And for the top tech deals, check out CNET's Black Friday guide.
Don't play the guessing game about what friends and family want, or risk your selections ending up in the regifting pile. Instead, share holiday wish lists with Giftster. You can easily mark an item as reserved or purchased to avoid duplicates.
RetailMeNot collects discount codes and coupons from over 50,000 nationwide stores and restaurants. You can search by category, store, or location and get lots of offers that'll save you real money. Use your coupon at checkout or bookmark it for later. The app will even let you know when coupons are about to expire. If you can't find a deal for your item, set up an alert, and RetailMeNot will notify you when it goes on sale.
Look to Slickdeals' front page for 30 of the best nationwide deals voted up by the community -- bargains you'll want to take advantage of quickly. Local Deals shows what's hot in your area, and don't neglect the forums, where tech-savvy users or trusted vendors list the hottest deals.
To get the jump on doorbuster deals, check out Slickdeals' Black Friday companion app. Find out about the hottest flyers before they arrive on your doorstep, and receive instant notifications when the promos that interest you are posted online. Create a shopping list to take to the mall or shop directly from the app.
TGI Black Friday 2014 lets you search ads before they hit your paper. If you find what you're looking for, buy directly from the app. Also supported by DealCatcher.com, the app can help you find great deals year-round.
GeoQpons is the go-to app for big-box store offers, whether in-store, online, or attached to loyalty cards. You also get LivingSocial and Groupon daily deals here, and the app's clever clippings notifications mean you won't miss an expiration date. Search by scanning barcodes, or let Location Alert notify you of relevant deals nearby.
With Flipp, you can search by store, item, or brand and discover circulars from over 300 stores with the most coveted deals. Clip items to your shopping lists, and with iCloud integration, they're reachable from your mobile device. Buy items online or from the store. Our favorite feature is the discount slider that lets you narrow down the best deal based on savings.
Black Friday 2014 Ads App notifies you of breaking news and leaked Black Friday ads. Rather than sift through leaflets, use the app to narrow your search by stores or categories.
Get the latest Black Friday ads and updates in real time with the Black Friday Shopping app. Narrow your search by store, product, and price. Select your favorite stores, so you'll always get alerts about top deals.
Shopular takes some fuss out of shopping by presenting relevant coupons when you're near your favorite stores. You can still search ads the old-fashioned way. Best of all, this always-on app is light on resources, so even if you're drained at the end of the day, your battery won't be.