For the past month, WalletPop has featured an App Watch series, hunting down the most helpful iPhone applications for Black Friday shoppers. Now, with the big day right around the corner, it's time to start downloading. Here are the top five essential apps to take with you into the Black Friday chaos:1. Individual Retailer's Apps: Most major stores have their own applications and downloading them before heading into the crowds may save shoppers time and energy. Most of these downloads feature the retailers' current deals, which will help eliminate any arguments over prices. Those tackling holiday shopping on Black Friday can use the Best Buy app's gift suggestion tool for present ideas. Home Depot's download lets users search local ads in their area, perfect for scouting out Black Friday deals. Target's app shows both availability and aisle location of products, a valuable tool for navigation on Nov. 26.
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2. Shooger: Black Friday is hectic enough without juggling dozens of coupons. Show electronic coupons in line and save with the Shooger application. Follow favorite retailers before the big day to stay well-informed of the best deals. The local search feature finds the lowest prices near the user for convenient saving.
3. Black Friday App: Created by Dealnews.com, Black Friday App lets users make personalized shopping lists for the big day. Browse, search and piece together the perfect strategy for hitting the stores. Then share favorite bargains with friends and family through the app's easy access to Twitter, email and Facebook.
4. Red Laser: Don't waste time identifying prices on Black Friday. The Red Laser application allows users to find the cost and location of the lowest prices on bar coded items. Simply take a photo of the bar code to make sure you have the best deal. In addition to Black Friday shopping, use this app on food items to see both prices and nutritional information. The no-touch scan works fast and allows customers to keep one hand free for deal snatching.
5. Mall Maps Mobile: This navigation application will help guide shoppers safely through the mobs of deal hunters. Equipped with store directories and maps of more than 350 malls across the U.S., Mall Maps Mobile will direct customers to the sales quickly and efficiently. Use the app to call specific stores ahead of time to make sure that the desired deal hasn't sold out.
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