Black Friday app watch: Use your iPhone to shop and save

The holiday season's right around the corner and iPhone apps can help you save and make shopping trips easier. Not only will these iPhone features provide shopping assistance on the day after Thanksgiving, but downloaders can also start using them right away. Take advantage of your smart phone's ability to hunt down the most frugal deals.

Find the lowest prices in the shortest amount of time with the Red Laser app. Simply scan a barcode and Red Laser will find you the best deal by searching both online and in stores near your location. When scanning food products, the free application even provides nutritional information. The quick scanner will help users shop efficiently on Black Friday. Plus, the no-touch scan works perfectly for customers already juggling armfuls of buys.

Rather than searching by barcode, the 99-cent application Save Benjis hunts bargains using key words and categories. This search approach helps customers find low prices before they hit the stores. When you find the best price, purchase items right from the app. Save Benjis even features specials and coupons on many products.

Groupon enthusiasts: Download the Groupon app to save on printer ink, paper and time. The free application allows users to purchase the deals right from their iPhones. It also lets customers to find ones nearby using the iPhones' map and locator. The best part is that users can redeem Groupons directly from an iPhone, eliminating the hassle of printing the deals, or forgetting the proof at home.

For last minute buyers, find local savings nearby by using BeThere Deals. The app finds deals on everything from entertainment to apparel. The discovered deals often save customers up to 50% off original prices. BeThere Deals also finds the cheapest happy hour and restaurant prices for when shoppers work up an appetite. Currently, the free app is only available in a few cities including New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, but BeThere Deals promises to add more cities soon.

Free savings finding app, Shooger, features 100,000 coupons, deals and discounts at 50,000 different places. Receive alerts when favorite stores offer new deals. Scope out and store the savings beforehand and access them quickly when it's time to check out or find discounts by business upon arrival.

Download these frugal apps now. Not only will they cut back holiday spending, but you don't have to wait until Black Friday to start saving. The apps will continue to help you save money year-round, long after the holiday season has ended.

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