It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You’re still full from multiple plates of casseroles and pies. You’ve been having dreams (or nightmares) of shopping crowds and checkout lines that seem never ending. But you can’t turn down a day of deals; you crave the clearance stickers and percentage off signs. You get up, get your most comfortable crowd-fighting gear on and take on Black Friday.
Black Friday has the opportunity to be overwhelming to consumers, but 51 percent of US shoppers say they love the excitement created around Black Friday deals, according to hhgregg’s annual shopping survey. In fact, two-thirds of Millennials even report getting a rush out of Black Friday deals. The notorious shopping day is becoming more popular with groups of all ages, especially Millennials.
Shoppers are looking forward to Black Friday more every year, but it always helps to have a few shopping tips in reserve. There are several apps available to help Black Friday shoppers prepare, organize and find additional deals while saving time.
TGI Black Friday 2015 is the ultimate shopper’s guide to navigating Black Friday deals before ever stepping in the store. The app allows you to view deals by store, category, general coupons or by using the search option. Most major retailers are featured on the app including Target, Walmart, Macy’s, Best Buy and more. You can even compare prices online and create a shopping list to mark off items as you buy in-store.
FatWallet’s Black Friday app allow you to plan out your shopping trip by viewing ad scans of your favorite stores and brands. Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday deals are also included in this app. Want to know what time a store opens on Black Friday? This app can tell you. Don’t want to shop in-store? You can purchase Black Friday deals through the app.
The deals keep getting better on Black Friday, but the traffic gets worse. Waze is a real-time traffic app that keeps you updated on the best routes. Accidents, road closures, stopped police officers and other hazards are reported through the app alerting you as you drive. You can also share your route with friends to notify them of your ETA and location, a perfect tool for meeting up with friends for a day of shopping.