The Best Black Friday Apps for Android

Black Friday Crowds

For some, it's an annual tradition: rising at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving or even camping out overnight in an effort to get the best deals on Black Friday. And every year, it just gets bigger and bigger, and the frenzy leading up to the day seems to start earlier and earlier. I noticed holiday displays and products going up on the day after Halloween, and I swear I've already heard Christmas music in the air.

With such a long lead-up to Black Friday, complete with leaked circulars and always updating deal websites and apps, you can plan ahead long before you sit down for a turkey dinner (or your meal of choice on the last Thursday of November). Here are five Black Friday apps that can help you decide where to shop and what to buy, plus one for Cyber Monday, if you're not too worn out by then.

1. Brad's Deals Black Friday App

Brad's Deals tracks sales all year round and this app helps keep you organized when Black Friday comes around. You can sign into the app via Facebook or Google or subscribe using your email address. Then you'll receive email alerts when new circulars are posted. You can also view deals within the app with links to retailers including eBay and Walmart. 

2. Black Friday 2015 Ads App from Sazze, Inc.

This app, powered by BlackFriday.fm, also helps you keep track of Black Friday sales, but it also the ability to save products you want to buy to a list, which is handy.

You can also search by store or category to find the best deals based on where you want to shop and what's on your shopping list.

3. Fat Wallet Black Friday Deal Finder

Fat Wallet is a coupon and deals site that includes a section devoted to Black Friday, including a list of participating stores and leaked circulars.

The app will notify you of new deals and ad scans, but, reviews show that the notifications could become overwhelming. Luckily, they can be switched off if you need a break.

4. TGI Black Friday 2015

Finally, this app from tgiblackfriday.com, a site devoted to this single day, lets you view and download sale circulars, and create and share a shopping list via email. You can also share deals on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ right from the app.

And, finally, for Cyber Monday, there's none other than:

5. Amazon Shopping

Cyber Monday, a newer "holiday," is a day when you can shop for deals from the comfort of your own home (or your desk at work.) Many online retailers participate in this day, and Amazon is probably the most popular destination. You can sign up for email alerts and follow the company on social media to get up to the minute deals. And with the Shopping app, you can make purchases right from your Android smartphone or tablet. You can also use it to scan products in the store to compare prices, which comes in handy on Black Friday and any other day of the year.

Are you planning to brave the crowds on Black Friday or even on Thanksgiving evening? Personally, I plan to sleep in and then spend some quality time with family.

However, I may be tempted to take advantage of Cyber Monday, since I'm primarily an online shopper.