The Best Apps to Download Before the Black Friday Madness

The big day is almost here, and no, we’re not talking about your wedding. Black Friday is exactly one week away, and even sooner for some retailers. Before you dive deep into the sales, make sure you’re well-equipped with these apps to make shopping easier.


You should have guessed this one. But honestly, we’ve designed our brand-new app to tailor to you and your preferences. Shop by your favorites and recently visited, popular categories and suggested stores you might like. What’s best is the Rakuten App offers all the Black Friday coupon codes and Cash Back in one spot.

You can also earn In-Store Cash Back in the App, so if you’re feeling brave enough to face the stores on Black Friday, at least you’re getting Cash Back for your efforts. Before Black Friday, make sure you’ve downloaded the Rakuten App, first and foremost. Then, add a credit card to your Rakuten account and link all the In-Store Cash Back offers you love. Shop with that card on Black Friday, and you’re all set. But if you want to shop online (that’s me!), you can still do it all in the Rakuten App and never miss a deal.

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Some of the most useful resources to prepare yourself for Black Friday are the ads. Retailers typically release their Black Friday deals and plans in November leading up to the big day. Because you get an exclusive look into all the different offers, you can create a shopping game plan to ensure you’re getting the best deals.

Every year, our go-to for Black Friday ads is BFAds. Visit the site regularly during November or sign up for emails to be among the first to know when a new ad is revealed. You can also get shopping tips from the Buying Guides (especially with tech!) and more must-know information regarding Black Friday. Download the iOS or Android BFAds app to always have the ads handy.


Specific stores

Store-specific apps are especially helpful with customer reviews, and if you’re shopping in-store, oftentimes, they’ll include maps to let shoppers know exactly where to find the Black Friday deals in the store.

For example, if you’re shopping in-store at Target on Black Friday, having the Target Cartwheel app is essential. The retailer offers plenty of app-exclusive deals and sales that can’t be beat, such as 20% off sweaters for the family or Target coupons on home necessities. Some other apps we love are Amazon, Kohl’s, Walmart, Best Buy and JCPenney.

These apps are ideal for browsing specific products, but you can get all your Black Friday coupons and Cash Back in the Rakuten App. Good luck, smart shoppers!

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