It’s An Experience

Last year I took my niece (11) and nephew (14) on their first midnight Black Friday experience.  It’s not just about getting a great price on a tablet, TV or the kids’ must-have toy or video game.  These days, Black Friday or Cyber Monday can also be about sharing a fun way to welcome in the holidays with family and friends and also land a bargain on vacation.

This year my niece and nephew are in Arizona and I will miss their companionship as I head out at midnight.  I did feel pretty special when we chatted on Thanksgiving and they asked if I was going out…they are now veterans and were going to make the trip with their cousins (novices).   My heart smiled.   We chatted about best apps to help find the right spots.  I have to say I felt bittersweet.  Sad to not have them in town, but excited to know they have shared a bit of the Black Friday Magic!

As my “gift” to you, here are the top 10 Black Friday apps to make your life a bit simpler in finding the best deal in town!  Scroll further and I have listed some codes and deals A-Z

1.    Black Friday Deal Finder(FatWallet.com)
This app has an easy to navigate and its sleek interface allows you to search by store or category.  You can scan an ad, save favorite deals, see the most popular items, and most recently added.  The advanced search allows you to narrow your search to specific products, brands, locations, prices, and even occasion (black Friday, christmas, rebates, free shipping, door busters, or weekly deals).  The app’s blog also offers insight into certain deals with details and suggestions about deals they feature.  Currently 1,267 deals listed.

2.    Google Shopper
This is a great app for any time of the year.  Sign in with your Google account to compare prices online and nearby, read product reviews, browse popular products, check out weekly sales at featured local stores and online retailers, scan items to see local prices, and create shopping lists.  You can do an image search for books, CDs, video games and DVDs by their cover art.

3.    BFAds
This one seems to have the most ads listed with 9,150 items currently listed.  You can search by keyword or store, see the most recent listings and add to your shopping list.  Adjust keyword search to sort by price or category, as well as filter your search to a specific price and/or category.

4.    Localmind
Want to know if there’s still a line around the block at the apple store?  Post a question on the location of the store on Localmind to see if anyone already there can give you a real-time update, and answer other people’s questions to help them out, too!

5.    Zaarly
Interested in helping out your community this year?  Zaarly specializes in finding local small businesses.  Browse local listings, place orders and even message the seller.  Additionally, sellers can modify the price via Zaarly to fit your needs.  Sometimes, you can also find postings from people asking for help with a service if you’re looking to make an extra buck.

6.    ShopSavvy
Scan product barcode to see online price listings, local store listings, and reviews.  Search for a “random” deal and then find local or online prices for it, along with reviews. See deals, search, and save them.

7.    Amazon
For a lot of products, Amazon is probably the best place to find reviews, which can always be helpful when making a purchasing decision.  With this app you can search, compare prices, and check availability by product name, taking a picture of it, or scanning the barcode.  Create a wish list and view others’, see today’s deals, recommendations for you based on past searches and purchases.

8.    GoodGuide
Want to buy products that don’t harm the environment or you and your family’s health?  GoodGuide rates products based on safety, health, and social responsibility.  Find the scores for over 170,000 products by scanning it.  You can also personalize the app to display categories that are most important to you, like nutritional value, animal welfare, human rights, climate change, energy efficiency, etc.

9.    Coupon Sherpa
Coupon Sherpa offers in-store coupons on your iPhone or iPod touch.  In addition to searching online coupons per store, you can access coupons exclusive to Coupon Sherpa users.

10.    Shopkick
Shopkick allows you to find the lowest prices, but it gives you something a little more, too.  You get points for just walking into stores, scanning products, and entering prices.  Build up points to get “kicks” which are discounts and gift cards to participating stores like Starbucks and iTunes.

These apps can help you get the best deals faster, but there are tons of shopping apps popping up these days.

In addition to apps…take a peek at some retailers in alphabetical order below for a taste for the savings you can get…

ALDO

  • Extra 30% off Sale Footwear
  • Sign up for Aldo emails and get 10% off

AMAZON

  • Daily Deals Email List 
  • Save 25% or More on Fragrances
  • Save 25% or More on Makeup
  • Up to 40% Off Designer Jewelry
  • Up to 50% Off Winter Clothing

AMERICAN APPAREL

  • Up to 70% off sale items
  • Free shipping over $50
  • T-shirts starting at $4

BANANA REPUBLIC

  • 20% – 60% Off select items in store and online
  • Free shipping on orders over $50

BARNEYS

  • 40% off select items in store
  • Up to 70% off designer clothing online
  • Free shipping

BATH & BODY WORKS

  • A giveaway of 30 $100-value VIP bags leading up to Black Friday. The bags will also be available at Bath & Body Works locations after Thanksgiving for $20 with any $40 in-store purchase
  • Up to 50% select items in store and online

BCBG

  • CODE: WELCOME2012 for free shipping
  • Up to 50% off skirts and shoes

BERGDORF GOODMAN

  • 5F (5th Floor) Sale: 40% off Women’s Contemporary + Shoes

BLOOMINGDALES

  • Friday 7am – 1pm
  • 25% off women’s denim

CENTURY 21

  • Up to 70% off shoes and accessories
  • Ankle boots from $19.97
  • Cashmere scarves from  19.99
  • Nine West totes $23.97

EXPRESS

  • 30% Off Outerwear
  • All Jeans – Buy 1, Get 1 $29.90
  • Buy 1, Get 1 $19.90 on All Sweaters
  • Extra 20% off clearance items

FOLICA

  • CODE: TURKEY to get $25 off orders of $100 or more, plus free shipping from November 21 – 26

FOREVER 21

  • Fashion items $1-$15
  • Up to $50 off outerwear
  • CODE: SWEATERS30 for 30% off sweaters

GAP

  • 60% off select items all day long
  • Friday starting at noon sweaters for $19, pajama sets for $19 a
  • Saturday and Sunday T-shirts from $10, pajama pants for $15 Gap outlets  70% off everything in store.
  • Free shipping on orders over $50

H&M

  • Friday 12am – Closing 
  • Scratch offs for first 100 people in line
  • Sweaters + Dresses for $5 / Pants for $10 / Outerwear for $15

INTERMIX

  • 30% off in store
  • CODE: SAVENOV for $600 off $4000 purchase / $300 off $2000-$3999 purchase / $150 off $1000-$1999 purchase / $50 off $500 – $999 purchase / $25 off $250 – $499 purchase  (full-price purchases only)

JCPENNY

  • Friday 6am – 11pm
  • Women’s boots, over 50 styles $25
  • Liz Claiborne and Nicole Miller purses $15 to $20
  • Select women’s coats $40

J. CREW

  • 25% off and free shipping on all sweaters, in store and online

KATE SPADE

  • 40% – 60% sale items
  • Enjoy a 15% discount on your first order when you add yourself to the store’s newsletter mailing list. A code will be sent to your email after you sign up. Sale items included. Offer is valid online and in-store.
  • Also receive free shipping.

KMART

  • In store: Thursday 6am – 4 pm and 8pm – Midnight / Friday Midnight – 3am and  5am – 11am.
  • Online: Thursday from 5am / Friday from 4am
  • Up to 80% off all fine jewelry
  • Puff jackets for $15
  • Up to 50% off women’s and plus size apparel.

KOHLS
In store:

  • Thursday Midnight- Friday Midnight
  • Saturday 6am – Midnight
  • $15 Kohl Cash for every $50 spent
  • 55%-60% off Early Bird Special (midnight to 1pm) + 20% off on Jewelry
  • 50%-60% off handbags and accessories
  • 40%-60% off party dresses
  • 30%-65% off shoes
  • If you tweet a picture of yourself at Kohl’s at midnight @Kohls, you could win a $100 Kohl’s e-gift card.

Online:

  • $15 Kohl Cash for every $50 spent
  • 55%-60% off Early Bird Special (midnight to 1pm) + 20% off on Jewelry
  • 50%-60% off handbags and accessories
  • 40%-60% off party dresses
  • 30%-65% off shoes

MACYS

  • Friday Midnight – 1pm
  • Saturday 7am – 1pm
  • 25% – 60% off plus 15% or 10% off with Macy’s card or pass
  • 25-50% off women’s sportswear
  • More than 50% off women’s coats
  • More than 40% off handbags
  • Free shipping on beauty with $50 purchase.

MARC JACOBS

  • Free shipping on all purchases

MICHAEL KORS

  • More than 50% off handbags and totes

NARS

  • Free ground shipping always
  • Free 2nd Day Shipping on Orders $100+
  • Free Gift on Orders $50 or More + Free Shipping
  • Free Mini Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base on Any Order

NEIMAN MARCUS

  • Spend $100 anywhere in the store on November 25, you will receive a $50 gift card to be used towards the next in-store purchase of one item from November 25 – December 5, 2012. limit it to one card per customer.
  • Save up to 50% off regular prices when you take an extra 20% off sale merchandise
  • Shop in-store midnight – 8am: 40% off everything except for Godiva chocolates
  • Shop in-store 8AM – closing: 30% off entire purchase / 40% to 60% off select items

OLD NAVY

  • Friday 12am – closing
  • Saturday all day
  • Three rounds of doorbuster deals
  • Some early-bird shoppers will get free copies of the new Super Mario Bros. U game
  • Old Navy will be giving away 1,000 Wii systems

RALPH LAUREN
In store:

  • Boots & Shoes Up To 40% Off
  • Accessories Up To 40% Off
  • Black Label Up To 40% Off
  • Blue Label Up To 40% Off
  • Denim & Supply Up To 30% Off
  • Lauren Up To 30% Off

Online:

  • CODE: LRL25 for $25 off any $150 purchase of Lauren by Ralph Lauren apparel and accessories
  • Up to 40% Off Sale + Extra 10% Off Purchase w/  CODE: BZR1829
  • Boots & Shoes Up To 40% Off
  • Accessories Up To 40% Off
  • Black Label Up To 40% Off
  • Blue Label Up To 40% Off
  • Denim & Supply Up To 30% Off
  • Lauren Up To 30% Off

RENT THE RUNWAY

  • CODE: 25OFFRENTAL for $25 off your first rental

SAKS

  • Thursday store opens at Midnight
  • Friday 8am – 12pm:  Take an additional 50% off reduced prices, plus, save on selections at original prices throughout the store
  • 50% Off selections for him and her, including cashmere
  • 40% Off coats, gloves and cold weather accessories for her
  • Get a $25 Saks Gift Card when you spend $100 or more in cosmetics and fragrances
  • Friday 12 pm – closing: Receive Additional 10% Off all sale merchandise when you shop with a Saks credit card in store
  • 30% to 50% Off Original Prices for her and him
  • 30% OFF boots, shoes and handbags

SEARS

  • Thursday 8pm – all night
  • Friday starting at 4AM.
  • 60% handbags and slippers
  • $19.99 for women’s boots
  • An extra 20% on already reduced jewelry

SEPHORA

  • CODE: LITTLELUX for a free designer makeup bag + 14 samples with any $25 purchase
  • Free Ojon Duo with $25 purchase
  • Free 3-day shipping with $50 purchase

SHOPBOP

  • CODE: GIFT4U Spend $300 and get $50 off / spend $500 and get $100 off / spend $700 and get $150 off / spend $1000+ and get $225 off.

SMASHBOX

  • Free shipping on all orders (US only)
  • Choose any two best-selling beauty kits and get a free clutch + free gift wrapping
  • CODE: WELCOME2 for $15 off any $75 purchase

STEVE MADDEN

  • Additional 40% off sale items in store and online
  • CODE: OURGIFT for free shipping on all purchases

TARGET

  • Thursday 9pm – midnight
  • Friday Midnight to midnight.
  • 5% off everything with Red Card
  • Free Target gift card with purchase
  • Special offers from 4:00 am to 12:00 noon on Friday
  • Sweaters starting at $15
  • 20% off boots


THE BODY SHOP

  • 50% off hand creams
  • 2/$10 lippies, butters + scrubs
  • 4/$10 soaps
  • 3/$10 mini gels + shampoos
  • Friday: the entire site is three for $30 (some exceptions apply)
  • Free shipping with any $25 purchase

THEORY

  • Free shipping on orders over $250

T.J. MAXX

  • Friday 7am – Closing
  • Sign up for TJMaxx emails and win a gift card

TORY BURCH

  • 25% off select bags and apparel
  • Free shipping + free giftwrapping on orders over $300
  • Free shipping on any purchase from the app or facebook store

ULTA

  • Free gift with fragrance purchase of $30 or more
  • CHI + free bag for $99
  • Thursday starting at midnight: Online deals
  • CODE 74581 for $3.50 off any $10 purchase online
  • CODE HOLIDAY2012 for free shipping on orders over $25

UNIQLO

  • Friday: Men’s and women’s printed full zip fleece will be offered for $14.90 (normally $29.90)
  • Saturday:  Men’s and women’s Extra Fine Merino v-neck long sleeve sweaters will be offered for Women: $14.90 (normally $29.90) and for Men: $19.90 (normally $39.90).
  • Sunday:  Men’s and women’s long sleeve oxford shirts will be offered for $14.90 (normally 29.90)
  • Cashmere items will also go on promotion as well with long sleeve sweaters retailing for $49.90 (normally $89.90) and the final +J collection will go on promotion as well.

URBAN OUTFITTERS

  • Items starting at $5
  • 40% – 60% apparel + accessories in-store and online

VICTORIAS SECRET

  • Free tote bag with $65 purchase ($75 value)
  • CODE: FALL12 for $15 off $100 / $30 off $150 /$75 off $250 / $150 off $500 or More
  • Make any purchase of $10 or more to receive your FREE Secret Reward card. One free Secret Reward card per customer, per day. Valid only at US, non-outlet stores.

WALMART

  • Thursday 8pm – midnight
  • Friday Midnight – midnight  
  • Special in-store events at 8pm Thursday, 10pm Thursday, 5am Friday
  • Jackets and Outwear from $14
  • Sweaters from $10

ZARA

  • Up to 50% off select items
  • Free shipping
Happy Savings!  You just never know what you are going to find!!!

 

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