Before you shop, check out these essential Black Friday apps, websites
Retail • Let technology help you get a jump on the competition.
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With Black Friday coming up, you need to arm yourself with the latest that technology has to offer to give you the edge against all those other shoppers.

Thanks to free mobile apps, you can get the jump on all the ads that will get you the best deals and let you map out your plan of attack. Here is a list of suggested mobile apps for both iPhones and Android handsets, as well as a few of the recommended Black Friday websites to help with your bargain hunting.

Mobile Apps for Black Friday

TGI Black Friday (free, available for iOS, Android) • View Black Friday ads from all of the major retailers as soon as they are posted on their websites. Includes push notifications for whenever a new ad is posted. You can also create a personal shopping list and share it with others.

Black Friday by FatWallet.com (free, available for iOS) • This app also displays all Black Friday ads from major retailers. You can search and sort ads by store, category and price range. Share deals by email and text, and receive push notifications.

Black Friday App (free, available for iOS, Android) • Find the best Black Friday deals and save items to a shopping list. Compare Black Friday deals in-store with online prices. Find nearby locations of your favorite stores. Includes links to retailers' websites to shop directly online.

BFAds.net Black Friday (free, available for iOS, Android) • Browse all the latest Black Friday ads by store or category, and get news on the latest deals. Compare deals between stores on the same item. Advanced filtering options for searching the right product or deal.

Black Friday websites

BFAds.net (www.bfads.net) • The main website and companion to the mobile app updates shoppers on the latest ads, as well as news on when stores will open.

TheBlackFriday.com (www.theblackfriday.com) • Daily updates on all the Black Friday deals and news. But it also includes picture scans of all of the Black Friday newspaper supplements that you can click on by store.

BlackFriday.com (www.blackfriday.com) • Another comprehensive site that allows you to search deals by store and item. Also lists online coupons available with direct links to the products.

Blackfridaysites.com (blackfridaysites.com) • A list of all the major Black Friday websites available online. Updated for 2012.