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Shopping apps offer help for Black Friday madness

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Smartphone apps can help shoppers avoid the fiasco of Black Friday and potentially find better deals. (Source: KROMKRATHOG/FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Smartphone apps can help shoppers avoid the fiasco of Black Friday and potentially find better deals. (Source: KROMKRATHOG/FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

(RNN) - Black Friday is a hectic day even for the most hardcore holiday shoppers. What's the best way to get through myriad of holiday deals, long lines and crazy store hours? If you have a smartphone or tablet, there are several apps for that.

Black Friday Shopping

Target, Walmart, Sears and many other stores all have their own Black Friday ad sheets, and it can get frustrating flipping through them to find the best deals. The Black Friday Shopping app from BlackFriday.com holds all of the Black Friday circulars for you, allowing you to easily flip through whichever ad you want. The app updates as new circulars come out, keeping you up to date with the latest deals.

It also has a Wishlist feature to keep track of what you plan to buy. The Wishlist even shows you the lowest price for the item and where to buy it at that price.

The Black Friday Shopping app is available for free for both Android and Apple devices.

Pounce!

If you hate fighting the crowds or just prefer to shop in your PJs, you may want to check out the app Pounce! Created by BuyCode Inc., Pounce! allows you to make purchases from various brands' paper ads with your smartphone's or tablet's camera.

Once you enter your personal information, which is password protected, grab your favorite brand's weekly ad and use the camera to scan the item you want to purchase. Pounce! will recognize the scanned item, and when you hit "Buy Now," Pounce! places the order on the merchant's website using your stored information.

Pounce! is free for Apple devices.

ShopSavvy

If you're the type of person who likes to compare prices on an item to save the most money, you'll want to check out ShopSavvy.

The ShopSavvy app is a barcode scanner that can find the lowest price of any item you scan. Once you scan an item, ShopSavvy will show you where you can find that item for the lowest price not only at nearby stores but also the lowest price online. The app also allows you to create lists, set price alerts, share prices and lists with friends and personalize the background of the app.

ShopSavvy is free for Windows Phone, Android and Apple devices.

SlickDealer

Sometimes friends and family are the best sources for finding the best deals. If you like to use social media to shop, then take a look at SlickDealer.

SlickDealer is a shopping feed powered by its own users, who crowdsource the best deals they can find from a wide variety of stores. As more people find and share a specific deal, it moves higher up the shopping feed. They are numerous feeds, including freebies feed and the recently added Black Friday and Cyber Monday feeds.

SlickDealer is available for free on Windows Phone devices. A similar app, SlickDeals, is available for free for Android and Apple devices.

Yowza!! Mobile Coupons

If you're a coupon clipper, you'll want to get your hands on Yowza!! Mobile Coupons.

This coupon app will show off deals from stores in your area, and the coupons can be scanned right from your smartphone. Some of the coupons come straight from merchants, so you get exclusive deals that can't be found elsewhere. It also allows you to create a list of your favorite stores so you can easily check it often for new coupons. You can even view how much money you've saved overall and make others jealous by sharing it on social media.

Yowza!! Mobile Coupons is available for free on Android and Apple devices.

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