Your Mobile Elves: 5 Shopping Apps to Make Black Friday BetterThis Black Friday, here are a few things to whet your bargain-hunting "app"-etite: 5 mobile apps designed to help you nab deals during the holiday weekend shopping bonanza.

1. Shopcade has launched what it calls a personalized, social shopping app within Facebook that allows users to discover, shop and share products from 20,000 brands from the U.S. and Great Britain -- from fashion and beauty products to tech goods -- while earning cash rewards.

Consumers can create their own "Shopcades" -- fluid lists of their favorite products -- which they share with Facebook friends. When one friend buys from another's Shopcade, both get rewarded with real cash. "There are two options for the cash reward: Consumers can either collect it via PayPal or donate to charity," a spokeswoman says.

2. Walgreens (WAG) is adding scannable coupons to its apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, offering exclusive discounts to its mobile device-wielding customers beginning Black Friday.

"Mobile couponing allows our customers to simply go to a store and save on select items without having to clip or print coupons," says Jim Cohn, media relations manager for Walgreens.

3. PriceGrabber.com, the price-comparison and online-shopping site, has updated its free iPhone, iPad and Android app for the holidays. In addition to hunting down the lowest price on millions of products from online merchants and sellers, the PriceGrabber app now also offers shoppers 100,000 coupons in their geographic area, says general manager Graham Jones.

The new DealGrabber iPhone app finds local daily deals in your area, "down to where you're standing," from group-buying sites like Groupon and Living Social, says a spokeswoman.

4. Bradsdeals.com has updated its Black Friday By BradsDeals iPhone app to include a feature that lets shoppers view pre-release Black Friday ads for major stores, handpicked Black Friday deals, and map out the stores and products they want to hit. "Essentially, it lets you take your Black Friday research with you," says Brad Wilson, CEO and editor-in-chief of BradsDeals.com.

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Slice for the iPhone,while not a deal-hunting app, is designed to help you organize your shopping expeditions. The free app tracks your online shopping history and product shipments, automatically culling the information from electronic receipts in your email -- from product tracking numbers to shipping notifications. It then compiles the data for easy reference, putting all your past purchase information at your fingertips.


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