Black Friday is quickly approaching, and with it, an avalanche of special deals from just about every merchant under the sun. You could plan your shopping by scouring the web for sales ads and store specials — or you could simply open a Black Friday mobile app and browse deals right from your phone.
The apps that follow are the best for scoring great deals on Black Friday and beyond.
1. Black Friday 2023
Black Friday 2023 gathers Black Friday ad scans from popular stores like Amazon, The Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Best Buy, with more stores being added in real time as their ads become available. You can search for deals by store or category and access merchants’ Black Friday coupons.
Reviews for this app are largely positive. It scores 4.4 out of 5 stars on Google Play, where it has been downloaded over 10,000 times and rated 241 times. It also has 4.7 stars on the App Store, where it has been rated over 9,000 times.
Flipp is another ad app, but it’s not just for Black Friday sales. You’ll get regular weekly sales ads and circulars, too, so you can see what’s on sale at over 2,000 stores, including Publix, Walmart, Boscov’s, Best Buy, The Home Depot and Petco, to name just a few.
Browse deals by store or category, or call up a list of newly added circulars. With the shopping list feature, you can build a list of the items you want and search the app for them by tapping “Add Item.” Notifications ensure that you never miss a new ad or circular.
Flipp has over 10 million Google Play downloads and is the highest-rated app on this list. Over 310,000 ratings from Android users give it an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Flipp has over 371,000 ratings and 4.8 stars on the App Store. The iOS version is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iMessage.
Formerly known as Ebates, an early entrant into online cash-back sites, Rakuten still gets you rebates on purchases you make when you start shopping from the app or website. In addition to accessing early Black Friday sales offering 10% cash back, you can use the Rakuten app to earn rebates on purchases from 3,700 merchants, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Walmart, Target, Adidas and Expedia. Make a purchase in any of dozens of categories to receive your cash back via check or PayPal within 15 days.
One major benefit of Rakuten is that you can stack deals by combining coupons and cash back for maximum savings. In addition, you can add in-store and cash-back offers to the app while you’re out shopping.
Rakuten has been downloaded over 10 million times and rated 71,000 times on Google Play. Android users give it 3.8 stars. Over 358,000 iOS users give it an average rating of 4.8 stars. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPad.
If you’ll do some of your shopping from a computer, consider downloading the browser extension.
The DealNews app is your one-stop shop for the best deals available each day. The deals are curated by experts, and you can search for them by keyword, category, brand or store. If you’re not ready to buy right away, you can save your deals for later and purchase them using your phone, tablet or desktop — or send them to your family and friends via email, text, Facebook or X, formerly known as Twitter.
In addition to offering hand-selected deals, DealNews provides online and in-store coupons you can redeem at checkout. When you’re not shopping, you can learn how to shop more efficiently and for less with buying guides and other resources.
DealNews has 4.2 out of 5 stars on Google Play, where it’s been rated over 9,000 times and has over 100,000 downloads. IPad and iPhone users can download the iOS version — it gets 4.7 stars with 5,000 ratings.
5. Brad’s Deals
Brad’s Deals is another shopping site with a long history of saving shoppers money on Black Friday and every other day — over $222 million, in fact. Brad’s Deals editors curate deals and alert you to editor’s picks and steals of the day. Sales and coupons span over 800 retailers.
The app makes it easy to search for deals and coupons, but you can also set up alerts for early access to the items you want most. You can save your deals and share them with family and friends. You also get guides that help you shop by season, price or free shipping.
With 4.9 stars on the App Store and 4.3 stars on Google Play, Brad’s Deals is clearly a hit with users. It has been downloaded over half a million times from Google Play, and the iOS and Android versions of the app have been rated a total of roughly 46,000 times.
Ibotta isn’t strictly for Black Friday — you get cash-back deals all year long in addition to special savings right now for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. For example, Ibotta has a 100% cash-back deal on turkey and sides when you submit your receipts. Black Friday deals from hundreds of merchants, such as Costco, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Rite Aid, Hotels.com and even Groupon and eBay, give you up to 30% cash back for the holidays.
It’s easy to cash in on the savings. Before you head out for shopping, dining or cocktails, search for offers and add them in the app. Afterward, just upload your receipts or link your loyalty card to earn instant cash back. Withdraw your funds using PayPal, or cash them in for gift cards.
For times when you’d rather browse deals from your computer, head to Ibotta.com for the same savings you get with the app.
With 4.5 stars on Google Play, where it has been rated 664,000 times, and 4.8 stars from a staggering 1.7 million ratings on the App Store, Ibotta is the most-rated and second-highest-rated app on this list. The Android version has been downloaded over 10 million times.
Information is accurate as of Nov. 16, 2023.