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Chances are, if you plan to brave the Black Friday crowds, you have a plan.  But do you have technology on your side?

The right app (or combination of apps) could add up to savings – in terms of money, time and sanity.

Many major retailers have their own apps that will guide you along the way, but there are countless others that compare prices and products across the board with added features.  Some even help you keep your shopping list in order throughout the year.

Here are a few that some say may be a powerful asset in the right hands.

Zoomingo

Summary:  Its look gives you the feeling of the time-honored tradition of paging through a catalog, without the bulk and risk of paper cuts.  The app features “Best of Pinterest,” showing you popular pinned items.  It also offers a “Hot or Not” game, allowing you to give products the thumbs up or thumbs down for a chance to win prizes.  And everyone wins by finding local deals.

Nice:  Zoomingo users called it “addicting” and said they found deals they would have otherwise missed. 

Naughty:  One user noted in iTunes that you sometimes run across deals that are expired.

TGI Black Friday

Summary:  When you launch the app, its countdown to Black Friday boldly appears front and center, so you know this one means business.  The layout is extremely clean making for an easy user experience.  You search or browse by stores or categories, all while making a stored list of your products and deals.

Nice:  Users said it was easy to use, very helpful, and a great way to navigate sales when you’re busy.

Naughty:  Others who reviewed the app complained in the iTunes store it crashed on them.

No More Socks: The Christmas List Genius

Summary:  Finding deals is just part of the Black Friday frenzy. Knowing for whom you have to buy and what to buy them can be the bigger battle. This app lets you brainstorm ideas for your current shopping list, store gifts you’ve already given, and keep information like sizes and preferences handy, all while tracking your budget.  Add pictures of family and friends to customized lists for a personal touch.

Nice:  Users said it kept them organized and they found it helpful to know what gifts they have given others in the past. They also liked the birthday alert notification.

Naughty:  According to reviews in the iTunes store, users were not satisfied with the app’s Help feature and wished for better service integration (i.e. with iCloud or Dropbox).

(All reviewed apps are available for iPhone and free.)

Black Friday, shopping and organizational apps are endless, so browse the app store and see what you find.  If you come across an app you recommend, mention it in the comments section below so others can check it out, too. 

(Note: the above apps are not endorsed by Fox 8.)

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