Black Friday Shopping MadnessFor some people, it has become a family tradition to drive out to grandma’s place, meet up with all the relatives, and gather around the big table to carve a massive turkey. For other people, it means ducking out of Thanksgiving dinner a little early, skipping the pumpkin pie, and lining up outside in the cold to score the hottest deals. Ah yes, Black Friday will soon be upon us.

While the glory of the modern smartphone, accompanied by a suitable USB power bank or three, means that you will not be lacking in entertainment as you brave the bitter cold and battle with the growing crowds, that little touchscreen device has also become a choice tool in taking advantage of the best Black Friday deals. Yes, there are apps for that and here some are some of the most crucial for your Android device.

Black Friday by BlackFriday.com

Keep Tabs on the Best Black Friday Deals

Keep Tabs on the Best Black Friday Deals


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It’s hard keeping track of all the deals in all the flyers from all the different retailers, so it’s handy to have an app that aggregates them all into one convenient place. And it only makes sense that one of the best Black Friday apps comes from the suitably named BlackFriday.com. You get the latest ads, including the ability to save those deals to your wishlist and to mark your favorite stores for later reference. Of course, there are several other apps that do pretty much the same thing. The TGI Black Friday app from Ecatcher is another good example.

Key Ring

Collect Loyalty Points and Discounts

Collect Loyalty Points and Discounts


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Just because you’re taking advantage of some of the best prices of the year on a huge variety of different products doesn’t mean that you can’t stack those sale prices with your regular loyalty programs too. It can be such a hassle carrying around all those points cards and store loyalty cards, so digitize them all with a digital wallet app like Key Ring. That way, as you make your way around buying gifts for yourself Christmas presents, you don’t have to lug around an extra large wallet. Pair this with Google Wallet and do the tap-to-pay thing at participating merchants too.

Amazon

Compare Prices with Amazon First

Compare Prices with Amazon First


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The thing with Black Friday deals, or store sales in more of a general sense, is that they’re not always what they seem. Something that is being promoted as a doorcrasher at 50% off might actually be not all that cheap compared to other retailers. While Amazon certainly isn’t the be-all and end-all of great pricing on the web, you can reliably reference the online store as a basic benchmark for product pricing. If the Black Friday price is substantially cheaper than what Amazon is doing for the same product, then you’re probably getting a decent deal.

Waze

Dodge Traffic with Crowdsourced Data

Dodge Traffic with Crowdsourced Data


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Sometimes, you can take advantage of most of the Black Friday sales by hitting up the local mega-mall. Other times, you’ll find yourself driving clear across the city to visit all the different stores, getting yourself stuck in the gridlock of shopper mayhem along the way. You’d hate to miss out on a deal because you got stuck in traffic. Regular GPS navigation is one thing, but real-time, crowd-sourced traffic information tied into better route management with an app like Waze can shave precious minutes off your travel time. This might not be as big of a deal during the midnight madness, but it could prove crucial during the regular business hours of Black Friday.

Cyber Monday by BuyVia

Score Killer Online Deals Too

Score Killer Online Deals Too


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Whether you’re looking for a big screen TV or you’re shopping for a new tablet, sometimes the best Black Friday deals aren’t on Friday at all and they have nothing to do with driving around to a physical store in the middle of the night. We’ve all come to know about Cyber Monday by now and, let’s face it, it’s far more comfortable shopping at home through your Internet-connected device of choice. The Cyber Monday app by BuyVia works in fundamentally the same way as the Black Friday apps at the top of this list, but obviously geared toward online shopping on the following Monday. Pick categories, use digital coupons, and compare prices.

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