As I’m sure you know, Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is coming up next week on November 23. Stores open early or even the night before, and offer door-busting deals that usually include below-cost loss-leaders just to get crowds in the door. And they tend to keep these great deals under wraps until their circulars come out the Wednesday before. However, several websites make a practice of getting their hands on these circulars early and publishing them – notably TGI Black Friday. The advantage, of course, is that you can plot out which stores you want to hit well in advance to make sure you get all the best deals. They have ads from Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Sears, and many more. And they have a free TGI Black Friday app for both iPhone and iPad. The many features include push notifications that alert you when new ads or circulars have been posted.

While TGI Black Friday seems to be the most popular, and most highliy rated, there are a number of similar apps. Appolicious has a list of 5 apps that can assist you with your shopping, both free and paid. You may want to check out Shopping by The Find, which lets you compare prices on the fly by scanning the bar code and showing you what other nearby stores have the item and how much it costs.

The venerable Red Laser may have been the first in this genre, and is widely used for on-the-fly price comparisons. It’s highly rated in the App Store. Of course, another good category of apps to use while out and about on Black Friday is that for coupons. A new app that just came out, Rather-Be-Shopping Coupons, lets you browse coupons from stores and websites and then present the coupon to the cashier by showing it on your device.