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It’s time to shop!


OK, now I’m getting revved up for Black Friday with just mere minutes to go. In some places, stores are already open for the sales.

Well, I went to my email just to check to see if I got any coupons today and wow — there almost was nothing but coupons. I love sales and I love the holidays, but I honestly don’t remember getting this same volume of deals in past years.

And this time I’m not just armed with my iPhone list and savings passes, I have pings coming in left and right from all of the great Black Friday and retailer apps. This is just too good to be true. But when all of the dust settles in the morning, I’ll get to see if my booty was worth the free downloads and late holiday shopping enthusiasm.

Check out these shopping apps, and they’re all free:

RedLaser: Scan the barcode of any item or you can manually type the product’s name and it will bring up the cheapest prices found online and at stores in your area. You can buy items from your phone from numerous retailers, such as Abercrombie, Advance Auto Parts, Bloomingdales, Burlington Coast Factory, Lane Bryant, even is in there. You can order through your phone and have your items waiting for you at your nearby store. When you scan food items into RedLaser, it lets you know about any allergens too. So you can save your money and look out for someone’s health at the same time. This app also allows you to put in your loyalty cards for hundreds of retailers so that as you shop you don’t have to go digging for the discount cards. You can scan the codes into the app and use them from there. I will be testing this out this morning though. Fingers crossed.


Black Friday app: Since this one has so many retailers I like the way that it offers shoppers categories, such as Electronics, Gaming & Toys, Home & Garden, and Sports & Fitness to find what you need. The deals that are listed on here are my favorite part, but it looks like you have to jump on them fast. You can also send out deals to Twitter and Facebook through this app too. I jumped on one deal via my phone so far and it wouldn’t take my card, patience is NOT one thing I have during this season when there are a million other deals out there to be had. So beware.

Macy’s app: Well, I downloaded Macy’s app at 6:30 p.m., got a notice at 8 p.m. Macy’s Black Friday Sale began after midnight. It will send hand-picked specials to your phone as long as you have your location services on for the app.

Walmart app: You can set your neighborhood store in this and you can also keep a shopping list. It also lists coupons for items on sale in each story, which is very convenient. It’s similar to the Grocery IQ app that’s all the rage for mobile phone users.

RetailMeNot app: Early Black Friday DEALS: Kohl’s, Target, Nordstrom, Disney Store, Best Buy, Lowe’s and more. This app finds the deals in your area, then sends out alerts to your phone. It also lets you know when your coupons are about to expire, which can be helpful or annoying if you never redeem your coupons.

Also in my email now, I have:

Lord & Taylor: Our doors open at midnight tonight at Tysons Corner. $20 Doorbuster card to the first 500.

StarbucksStore: One of the great offers they have online: you can get a free coffee press with the purchase of a three 1-pound bags of coffee. So check that out.

Children’s Place: Black Friday Blowout, with 30% to 50% off everything. And if ordering online, it’s free shipping on everything. They pretty much have it this way every year, so no surprises. Just jump on it as soon as you can, the regular sizes go fast.

Bed, Bath & Beyond: This is where I need to spend most of my time — next to Macy’s. Everyone I know could use some bedroom and bathroom accessories. This is almost like a catchall gift, when you don’t know sizes or for those people who appear to have everything already in the way of gadgets and gadget comforts. The quote in the email: “Buy it for the holiday: Use it forever.” They’re having 20% off one item online too. So go ahead and “Beat the Herd” to BB&B and buy your items online.

Toys R Us: Late-Breaking SUPER Friday BONUS Deals! Doorbusters Start at 5:00 AM! Check this out if you have kids, kids who have kids or friends about to have kids. The board games are stupid cheap around this time, some under $10   and they are perfect for when you want to spend quality time with anyone — even the grown-up kids in your life. I highly recommend a trip here.



Barnes & Noble: Tomorrow is the Day! $59 NOOK Simple Touch, Plus up to 50% OFF Books, Toys, DVDs & More

…But then Target has the NOOK Simple Touch advertised for $49. I don’t know how they manage to be $10 cheaper than the originator, but they are …AND they’re already sold out online. So check in stores.

Well, I’ve gotta go and get my shopping started and hopefully I’ll be done way before Christmas. Good luck to everyone and PLEASE let me know how it goes on your end and what bargains and great apps you’ve found.

Ready, set, download, shop!


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