Stay savvy on Black Friday with these Android shopping apps

by Kate Currin

It is the World Series of shopping. On Black Friday, Nov. 26, millions of people across America will awaken from a turkey-induced coma to break down the doors of Walmart, and scour the halls of the Mall of America, to get the latest and greatest deal in town. Get a head start on the masses by downloading these apps to strategize your plan of attack.

Find the best Black Friday deals

The free Black Friday Survival Guide app for Android keeps you up to date with the latest news on the day-after-Thanksgiving sales. Sort sale information by store or category, and save your favorite sale items to your shopping list.

For a more interactive Black Friday app experience, check out the free TGI Black Friday app. As soon as you open the app, the top toolbar reminds you how many days are left until shopping day. This shopping app breaks down the most-popular and most-recent selections, as well as breaking things down by stores and categories. You have the ability to create a shopping list of items, and email items to friends – great for dividing and conquering to ensure you canvas all the deals. You can download ad scans of the holiday circulars, and it even provides some online sale information. I love that it also tells you when some of the stores open – see you at 4 a.m. at Macy's!

The best way to comparison shop: Download the free ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner app to find out if your Black Friday deal is really a deal. That's right, savvy shoppers, simply scan the item, and this app will locate the best prices online for the same item in your hand. You definitely don't want to hit the mall without this app.

Stay in bed, skip the mall

With the launch of all the crazy-good-deal and sample-sale web sites, comes a flood of corresponding Android apps. I'm guessing Groupon isn't going to let Black Friday go by without wowing us with some magnificent deal. Make sure you're in on the game by downloading the free Groupon app.

And, I'm sure the super stylish ladies over at Gilt Groupe are not going to pass up a chance for a Black Friday moment, either. Download the Gilt for Android app to get your hands on some discounted designer merchandise that would surely have Rachel Zoe claiming, "I die!"

Speaking of celebrity stylist Mrs. Zoe, be sure to download the free QVC app to score some major Black Friday deals – including Zoe-branded clothing, handbags and accessories – without even turning on the TV. This app puts the shopping network in HD, in the palm of your hand, whether you're hiding in bed at your in-laws house or stuck in a Disney movie with your nieces and nephews.

On your marks, get set, shop!