Reading stories about Black Friday scares the socks off me. I don't much like crowds (okay, I really don't like crowds) and, frankly, I just can't imagine punching out a stranger to get a good deal on a television or an iPad. So Cyber Monday has always been more my speed when it comes to scoring deals. Whether you thrive on the excitement of shopping in-store, enjoy scouting savings at home in your PJs, or both, these 10 fabulous apps can help you make the most of these two deep savings days!

3 Black Friday app essentials 

Much of the Black Friday craziness may come from a simple lack of pre-planning. Want to know exactly what you want, where to find it, how to get there, and what you will pay—before you even pull into the parking lot? Now you can!

1. BlackFriday.com

This app sends you early alerts so you can view Black Friday ad scans before other shoppers. You can also organize your favorites into "wishlists" for fast retrieval—and do the same for your favorite stores. Best of all, this free app lets you sort through all the BF deals using multiple search variables so you find exactly what you need fast.

 

 

2. Reward Check

Many Black Friday shoppers are novices—they may shop holiday sales for deals, but they are not expert deal-finders. For true expert deal finders, an app like Reward Check can potentially double the rewards of the day! This app helps you quickly determine which credit card to use to make your Black Friday purchases so you can maximize cash back, rewards points, or other credit card usage perks. You can even use the in-app calculator to compare two cards while you’re standing in line!

 

 

3. Fiverr

Fiverr is just one of a host of websites (GigWalk, Task Rabbit, etc.) that matches available labor with need. And on Black Friday, sometimes what you need is someone to stand in line for you at one store while you race to another! Fiverr offers what is potentially the lowest price you can pay for this type of service—you will be amazed what folks will do for five bucks!

 

 

4 Cyber Monday app essentials

On Cyber Monday it is all about online shopping (which is great, since your feet are probably still sore from running through the stores on Friday)! Let these great apps do your walking for you and score great deals in return!

1. BuyVia

BuyVia puts you in control of the products you get alerts about. You can set up the app in advance to alert you only for the items you really want—and since it syncs between all your devices, you never have to worry about missing an alert.

 

2. Coupons at Checkout 

Coupons at Checkout helps you find the coupon codes you need when you need them—without hours of searching. You can use this handy app in-store (Black Friday) or at home (Cyber Monday) to find coupon codes for more than 100,000 stores.

 

3. CyberMonday.com

Your Cyber Monday planning won't be complete without the "official" website. This site showcases deals for 800+ retailers that participate in Cyber Monday. You can also access free shipping offers to save even more.

 

4. PoachIt

Cyber Monday is a prime day for falling prey to invalid or even counterfeit coupon codes. (Did you know that 80% of coupon codes found online don't work or are no longer valid?) PoachIt will make sure this doesn't happen to you. Every coupon code you locate through PoachIt is guaranteed to be valid and genuine. Plus you will get price drop alerts and access to 5,000 sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Must-Have 2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Apps