Arts & Entertainment

Black Friday Tips: Download These Apps

Written by Tara Hall

Shoppers with smartphones, take note! There are about as many apps out there to help you streamline your Black Friday experience as there are bargains to be had.

Look for these, download the helpful ones and get comfortable with them before you head out Friday morning.

  • Amazon Price Check (Free; available for iPhone & Android)
    The world’s largest online retailer will help you find the cheapest price with a simple scan of a barcode or photo of a product. Too busy for that? Just say the name of the item and Amazon Price Check will do the work for you.
  • BFAds.net Black Friday (Free; Available for iPhone & Android)
    App version of the super helpful website BFAds.net, granting shoppers early access to major retailers’ secret sales and more.
  • Black Friday (Free; available for iPhone)
    This app, powered by Fatwallet.com, allows users to not only peruse retailer’s Black Friday ads, but also search them and organize customized lists.
  • Coupon Sherba (Free; available for iPhone & Android)
    Individual retailers also have their own apps, which they’ll be using to offer smartphone customers special deals. So if you’re a fan of Walgreens, Target, Kohl’s, JCPenney or American Eagle, get to downloadin’.
  • Shopping by The Find (Free; Available for iPhone & Android)
    This all-encompassing app allows you to scan the barcode of an item and find the best deal, along with any relevant coupon codes or shipping discounts.
  • FacebookTwitter and FourSquare (All free; All available for iPhone & Android)
    These social media bigwigs will be powerful on Black Friday. Friend, follow and check in your favorite retailers for extra-special deals.

About the author

Tara Hall

For the longest time, Texas transplant Tara Hall wanted to be a profiler when she grew up. A bona fide FBI agent with mad analytic skills who could take on crime and the jacked up minds that commit it.

Instead, the long and winding road has led straight to writing.

It all started with an obscure undergrad study spot: the usually empty upstairs of a local live music dive in Austin, TX. Psychology books in tow, Tara would grab a seat in the balcony and read her assignments between performances of local musicians, ultimately leading to an internship with Austin's Citysearch office in the late '90s.

Skip ahead a little more than a decade to present-day. Tara now spends her time interviewing musicians, researching stories and penning articles for entertainment-centered publications and websites such as Metro.pop magazine and SoundSpike.com.

Best part of the job: Researching topics I'm perplexed by and interested in.

Secretly obsessed with: Eyelash extensions. Instant femininity and loads of compliments!

Current dream vacation: An exotic beach locale with a beach bag full of new fiction. A hot man alongside wouldn't hurt either.

Theme song: Nina Simone's "Feeling Good"

Snacking on: Light rye Wasa crackers, little dollop of Dijon and thinly sliced turkey. That, or a spoonful of Nutella, my semi-healthy chocolate fix.

If trapped on a desert island: Cherry Chapstick and a fun, resourceful companion.