What’s the best way to find the best deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year? Well, you could always bookmark our ever-expanding Black Friday 2015 hub. Or, if you’re interested in smartphone apps that will aggregate Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from all over, you should really try out two apps that I’ve found to be tremendously helpful: BuyVia and RetailMeNot.
BuyVia has a wonderfully intuitive layout that starts by listing deals in several broad categories — e.g., nearby deals, Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday deals, etc. — before breaking them down further by product type. It also gives you the ability to scan coupons using your phone’s camera and it also lists coupons for deals in your nearby area. It also gives you the option to get alerts whenever prices on items you want fall.
Here’s its full list of features:
•Find lowest price from online and local retailers, by name or Part Number; database has millions of products
•Scan UPC barcodes/QR to look find best prices or to save items to your shopping list
•Shop Securely with SSL encryption
•Automatically enter store logins with 1Password digital wallet Integration.
•Get shopping alerts when products go on sale
•Find local coupons, printable coupons and deals for nearby stores
•Synchronize shopping lists, preferences, and alerts on all devices
•Share deals via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text
RetailMeNot, meanwhile, starts off by having you pick out your favorite stores. After you do this, it will curate a list of daily deals at those stores that you can take advantage of right now — for instance, the app tells me right now that Best Buy is selling the Sprint version of the iPhone 6 for just $1 on contract while Staples has an online code that offers 20% off ink and toner.
One downside, though, is that I don’t yet see any specific tabs for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, even though the latest version of the app says it features “Black Friday leaked ads.” I’m sure they’re there but the discovery could be more intuitive.
Regardless, this is a fantastic app that will give you timely updates on deals at all the places you plan to shop this holiday season. Here’s the full list of features:
Get all the latest and greatest deals:
• Search for the top deals and coupons from over 50,000 retailers like Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s.
• Enjoy exclusive food offers at thousands of local and nationwide restaurants.
• Check out Our Best offers, view coupons Just For You or NEW! shop our Daily Deals for up to 70% off the hottest products.
• Browse by Categories: Looking for food, clothing or accessories? It’s easy to access the offers you need.
• NEW! Get rebates just for shopping at the stores you love! Simply look for our “Cash Back” offers, follow the rebate instructions and get rewarded.
• NEW! Shop our Weekly Ads. View the hottest deals of the week, Black Friday leaked ads and more right from your phone!
• Save money with confidence: We verify thousands of coupons and deals daily.
Access coupons across any device:
• Select your favorite stores for personalized recommendations. Simply click on the heart icon to let us know it’s a store you love. This will help us identify the best deals just for you!
• Get notified when we find new deals at the stores you love.
• Save coupons for later or in order to use from your desktop, laptop or iPad. Simply click on the star next to a deal you love!
• Get reminders when your saved coupons are about to expire.
Discover all the great deals near you:
• Nearby map: See all the deals near you in one easy locale!
• Plan ahead: View store information, hours and even get directions to the nearest stores (Make sure to enable location for directions!).
• Save on the go: Get automatic alerts when deals are nearby.
NEW! Get to know “Me.” The RetailMeNot “Me” Member hub is the place that’s all about YOU:
• Birthday Deals: Want special offers for your special day? Enter your info now.
• Update settings: Change your preferences, email address and more!
• Saved coupons: Keep the coupons you want to use later right here. Don’t know how to save a coupon? Simply click on the star next to a deal you love!
• Plus, more to come! We can’t wait to share all the new features planned for “Me” and you. Stay tuned!
Redeem coupons from your phone or Apple Watch:
• Show the coupon’s barcode on your device to save at checkout.
• Share coupons and deals with friends.
• Win great prizes from our contests and sweepstakes.
• Redeem online coupon codes using “drag and drop” functionality.
Be sure to visit our ever-expanding Black Friday 2015 hub for more deals and sales events throughout the month.
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