Whether you choose to brave the crowds or shop from home there are several apps and websites that can help make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Austin based Retail me not.com is a longtime favorite for me. It not only lists the sales, it shows you the discounts and gives you the codes if you want to shop on line.
Another Austin based web site Offers.com has a terrific Black Friday section with sales and deals.
DealNews compiles all the Black Friday ads and allows users to sort by category.
Shopkick can detect when you are near a store and then alerts you of special offers. You can also earn rewards just for walking into stores. It’s like Foursquare but with shopping rewards at every turn, like gift cards to CVS or a latte at Starbucks. If you’re assigned the dreaded task of driving shoppers to stores, might as well use the app to rack up some points for future perks.
Redlaser lets you scan the bar code of any product and pull up prices both at stores and on line.
Snaptell lets you check whether the sale items are worth the on-site purchase or better bought online. The app is powered by Amazon and can scan for price comparisons by simply taking a picture of the product, or scanning the barcode.
Decide.com is one of my new favorites. It helps you compare prices, tells you if it’s a good time to buy and if you buy from the cheapest price site it lists and the price goes up within two weeks, they’ll give you the difference.
Cardstar allows you to save all the savings cards you may have on your key chain or in your wallet in one place. That way you just show your phone and start saving.
Other helpful apps
Discount calculator is a great app for stores that offer percentages off random inventory instead of marking the exact final price on each item. You can also add tax percentages to see how much you’re looking to spend for those who live in states where sales tax applies.
List Bliss lets people share shopping lists, ensuring there’s no duplication of items on Santa’s shopping list.
Christmas budget is a free app that lets you plug in your Christmas list set your budget and track your spending.
Find my car can help you if you’re shopped out and forget where you park. Just input your initial location and then hit find when you’re done shopping to get a directional map of where you’ve parked.