Cash, credit cards and coffee aren't the only things you'll need for a successful Black Friday shopping spree. To compete with the most competitive deal-seekers, you'll need the latest in shopping technology.
Here are five shopping apps you'll want to download before Black Friday.
With the TGI Black Friday app, you have every sales paper in the palm of your hand. Literally. This app allows users to access holiday deals before they are even published in newspaper flyers. Shoppers can prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year with a personal shopping planning page, and have access to online deals to compare to in-store prices.
Don't want to leave the store to find out if you can get a better deal on a hot item? With Shop Savy, just take a photo of an item with your camera phone. The app will scan prices in stores and online to see if a better deal is available. This is especially helpful in stores that will be honoring competitors' lower prices.
Save money and avoid long lines! Not only does this allow shoppers to instantly compare prices in other stores, once a shopper has found the best deal, RedLaser allows the user to buy instantly online.
4. In-store maps
Stores get rearranged on Black Friday. Flat screens may be stacked in the middle of women's clothing at Target. At Best Buy, the cameras may be placed where you'd usually find computers. If you take the wrong turn when the doors open, you could miss out on the best deals. Several stores like Macy's and Wal-mart have created a map app to let shoppers study the lay of the land before doors open to customers.
With the free Retail Me Not app there's no need to carry around fliers or cut out coupons. Major retail stores and brands from Neiman Marcus and TOMS partner with this site every day. With one search you can find discount offers that aren't even advertised in stores.