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7 apps to help you battle the crowds and save some money on Black Friday

It is Thanksgiving here in the US today, which means tomorrow is Black Friday -- the busiest shopping day of the year. On Black Friday, retailers kick off the holiday shopping season with deep discounts on popular items, and shoppers swarm stores looking for fantastic deals. Below, we have listed some of our favorite Black Friday apps, along with a few others that'll make your shopping experience a bit easier.

Black Friday App from Dealnews (iPhone, Free)

The Black Friday App lets you browse ads from dozens of major retailers. You can also create shopping lists, access your shopping list at dealnews.com, do price comparisons, receive store alerts and share your favorite ads.

Black Friday from FatWallet (iOS Universal, Free)

The Black Friday Deal Finder for 2012 pulls deals in from bargain hunting website FatWallet. Similar to the Dealnews app, the Fat Wallet app lets you create wish lists, share deals via email and text and receive alerts when a new ad is posted. It also has an impressive search feature that lets you search and sort deals by store, category, brand and price range.

TGI Black Friday (iOS Universal, Free)

Similar to the Dealnews and Fatwallet apps, TGI Black Friday has shopping lists, push notifications, price comparisons and search. You can also share deals via Facebook, Twitter or email. You can't go wrong with any of these three Black Friday apps, so just pick one (or all) and go shopping.

CheckPoints (iPhone, Free)

If you are going to go shopping, you might as well earn some extra gifts for your hard work. CheckPoints is a reward system that lets you earn points for scanning products when you are in a store. There are also games within the app to help you earn even more points. Once you've built up a treasure chest of points, you can redeem them for iTunes gift cards, Amazon gift cards, gadgets and more.

Apple Store App (iPhone, Free)

Apple fans should be ready to fire up the Apple Store app on Black Friday and do some shopping during Apple's Black Friday sale. Apple rarely discounts their products, so be sure to take advantage of this holiday sales event on Friday.

Gift Plan (iPhone, $2.99)

Before you go shopping, you should have a game plan and know which person is getting what gift. Gift Plan from Glasshouse apps is the perfect solution for creating gift lists for your loved ones. You can setup profiles that store sizes, personal tastes and gift ideas for each person on your list.

MotionX GPS Drive (iOS Universal, $0.99)

MotionX GPS is one of the top mapping and navigation apps for iOS. For Black Friday shoppers, MotionX has multi-stop routing that'll let you plan out your shopping route in advance and a parking spot marker so you can find your car in a sea of automobiles.

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