If you’re shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, then you need to download these Black Friday apps and use the following Cyber Monday websites so you can save even more!
I absolutely love the amazing deals you can get on all sorts of stuff during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales because I love saving money! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love saving money!
Most people spend their money on these two days toward awesome Christmas gifts for everyone they know. Some splurge on stuff for themselves or their homes, things like appliances and home goods. My sister has been known to pick up vacuums and other essentials she’s needed because it’s the cheapest they are all year too!
Makes sense to me! Buy when the sales are good! And generally the sales are good on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
But, if you are interested not only in the Black Friday Sales and the Cyber Monday deals, but in capitalizing on those savings as much as possible, I have some handy saving apps and tips for you! Because a great deal is made even better when you get cash back and claim additional savings on them!
To distinguish between the apps and tools I mention for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I’m assuming that on Black Friday you are physically heading to the mall, or a store, or an outlet and will be receiving physical receipts for any purchases you made, rather than shopping online on Black Friday. If you doing online shopping on Black Friday, see the apps and tips for Cyber Monday below.
You can download a handy printable checklist of which apps to download and use, and seven other Black Friday printables that will help you streamline (and enjoy) your shopping excursions and buying, including which days are best to buy which items! Simply sign in the box below. More info on this Black Friday/Cyber Monday Planning Kit and what is all included is at the end of this post. Enjoy!
Black Friday Saving Tips
Before I get to the apps and websites, I first wanted to share three tips for saving even more on Black Friday:
1. Plan out your trip ahead of time.
This includes figuring out how many presents you will be gifting each member of your family, especially if you’re limiting Christmas gifts to only 3 or 4 gifts each. Also, plan out other big purchases you want to make – like kitchen or household appliances or beds or whatever it is. It’s easy to be carried away by the super low prices and want to buy all the amazing deals, but don’t. Only buy the things on your list. Otherwise, you are not saving money!
2. Hit up the early bird sales for items you really want.
After you have a plan for what you want to buy, figure out where and when it is at the best price possible and then be sure to hit those early bird sales before the price jumps. If nothing you want is on an early bird sale, then go later in the day if you want to sleep in after Thanksgiving.
3. Use a cashback reward credit card (or store loyalty cards).
I know some people love cash and only use cash. And I think it’s awesome. But, if you don’t (like we don’t), then one of the best things you can do is make sure you use a credit card that offers you cash back rewards on purchases. We have several that offer us cashback rewards and make sure we know which one offers the best cashback in various categories (gas, groceries, restaurants, etc). However, only spend what you know you can pay off in full the next month. Otherwise, those few dollars you get back are meaningless because of the interest charges.
This year we will actually be paying for the vast majority of our Christmas presents
Black Friday Apps
Use the following apps to save on Black Friday shopping excursions and purchases! And when you earn enough for rewards, gift cards, or cash, my best advice is to not cash it out until the following year at Christmastime – it’s the easiest way to save for Christmas!
This is what we’ve been doing all year with the following apps and websites, as well as with gift cards we receive back from promo sales (mostly at Target). We’ve stored the gift cards away in a safe and should have plenty of money for most if not all of our Christmas shopping needs.
Because you are physically going from one store to another, I highly recommend downloading and using the ShopKick app during Black Friday!
I have been using this app for two years now and love it! It’s a super easy way to be rewarded for going shopping. Even if you are just tagging along with people over the Thanksgiving break and aren’t intending to buy much of anything (cause that’s been me before) as you go with them from store to store, make sure to use this app!
You are rewarded kicks for simply entering popular stores (not all stores participate). You can earn additional kicks for scanning items in that store (if you are really bored tagging along, this is like a fun, and rewarding, scavenger hunt).
If you do buy something, some stores offer you 1-5 kicks per $1 spent in-store, with some having bonus kick tiers based on how much you spend. And if you buy specific items, you can scan your receipts from those stores with those items for even more additional kicks!
And you only need 500 kicks to redeem for a $2 gift card through the app (which equals about 4 cents per every 10 kicks you earn). You can easily earn hundreds of kicks on Black Friday as you shop and buy!
See my full ShopKick review on how it works and how to use.
You can earn 250 bonus kicks for joining with my referral link if you earn kicks for a walk-in or scan within your first 7 days of joining. That’s essentially a free dollar for joining with my invite code KIND617008.
Coupons.com offers coupons for things like board games, toys, and electronics, in addition to items you can find in your local grocery store. You can even download the Coupons.com app for your phone and take the savings paperless and on the go (just scroll to the bottom of the coupons.com homepage for more details on downloading it). Don’t miss out on extra savings if they can be had!
Browse coupons on coupons.com.
If you plan on shopping at Target, this is a must-have app! The Target app now has the Cartwheel app and coupons on it, so everything Target is in one easy-to-use app. I absolutely love Cartwheels and use them all the time! I’ve saved over $300 using the Cartwheel app.
Basically, with the Cartwheel app (in the Target app) you add deals you want to your “cart” and then show your unique cartwheel barcode to the cashier after all other coupons have been applied to your shopping trip, and you’ll save even more. Most savings are at least 5% but can be up to 50% (though usually only up to 30% or so). They have special cartwheel offers in every department in their store, including many in toys, sports, electronics, books, apparel, baby, home, office, pets, and household supplies, as well as food, and health.
You can combine Cartwheel deals with coupons from coupons.com (or other manufacturer coupons), as well as combine them with any Target coupons, Target cartwheel coupons, and your 5% Target REDcard savings! You do have a Target REDcard, right?
Also, don’t forget that if you bring your own reusable bags, you can save 5 cents per bag used during your shopping trip too (you may need to remind your cashier about this).
No matter where you shop, you can scan your receipts for points back via Fetch Rewards! I just started using this one about a month or two ago after my blog friend Victoria share with my her Fetch Rewards review and already enjoy how easy it is to use!
You earn points for receipts you scan with your cell phone, earning extra points if your receipt contains an item offering bonus points. And sometimes they just randomly give you bonus scan points.
You only need 3000 points to redeem for a $3 Amazon gift card, which doesn’t seem too hard. I’m almost there after only scanning a few receipts.
Download the app and enter my referral code U1AFH and you’ll get 1,500 Fetch points ($1.50 in points!) when you complete one receipt.
Primarily a cash back app for grocery purchases, the app can surprise you with other offers, like compression legwear and carpet cleaning machines, so it’s worth a look as you shop on Black Friday. Simply scan receipts from a participating grocery store (Sam’s Club, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target count!) that has a listed offer in the app that you purchased. You typically save $1-$5 on items listed in the app. It’s like an additional coupon. I’ve earned over $13 back from the ap this year. Download SavingStar and save during Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season.
Also primarily a cash back app for grocery purchases, this app boasts a larger selection of participating items, though some are store specific. You again scan your receipts that contain participating items, earning about $0.50-$5 per item(s). Worth checking on Black Friday and using regularly for your grocery trips. It’s saved me over $13 this year. Download Checkout51.
I’ve been using ibotta for almost four years now. It’s primarily a couponing grocery app, where you find and claim offers on various products, and scan the product and receipt to earn money back, sometimes having to watch a very short video or answer a question before unlocking offers. They also have lots of cash bonuses you can earn too. I’ve earned $47.50 so far in 2017 from ibotta.
They have offers for groceries, movies, cleaning products, toiletries, paper goods, and more from participating locations.
You can learn more in my ibotta overview in an older post.
Earn $10 when you sign up with my referral link. My referral code is wkceea.
Cyber Monday Apps and Websites
When it comes to shopping online for deals, my very favorite way to save even more money is cashback sites. I’ve been using cashback sites for years and years now and definitely use them on Cyber Monday! Because, on Cyber Monday these cashback sites often increase, if not double (or more) the cashback rates for many popular online retailers.
While not everything you can buy online is eligible for cash back through one of the following sites, thousands are. It’s always worth a check before you buy!
I’ve used many different cashback sites in the past in large part so I can comparison shop the cashback rates and fine print, using the one that worked the best for what I was buying. While you do NOT have to do this, especially if you want to cash out from just one place and not two or three (or more) more often.
Ebates is one of the best and most popular cashback websites. Ebates usually runs very competitive cash back and on more websites. I’ve been using them since 2013 and have earned over $60 strictly from purchases made online (it would be more, but I also used other cashback sites during the last five years too, and I don’t buy a ton online).
They offer cash back for Amazon, Groupon, Hotels.com, Zulily, eBay, Walmart, Target, Etsy, Kohls, JCPenney, and so many online retailers!
If you are not currently an Ebates member, you can get a free bonus $10 when you sign up with my referral link and make your first $25 purchase at a participating retailer within 90 days of signing up.
I haven’t used them much, but they really do seem to offer some of the best, if not the best, rates among their cashback competitors. I really need to look into using them more!
This site doesn’t pay you cashback for making purchases through their links, but you CAN use this site to earn money, especially during all your Cyber Monday shopping and buying!
Dealspotr is a site much akin to RetailMeNot that lists coupon codes to various retailers. Except all the coupon codes are user-generated and user verified. If you add and verify coupon codes you earn points which can be redeemed towards real cash. Every 10,000 points earns you a $10 Amazon gift card.
The amount of points you earn for various activities varies quite a bit (80-200), but you can get bonus points for completing your daily checklist (+200), among other things. Plus, the more you validate accurately, the more points you’ll earn for future activities. It’s a great way to earn more for doing what you’d do anyway – shop online!
See my Dealspotr review for more information on how it all works.
Join Dealspotr with my referral link and earn 5000 points! That’s essentially $5!
I hope you find exactly what you are looking for this holiday season and as you head out for some Black Friday shopping or stay in your jammies for Cyber Monday shopping. May you find the best deals, for the best prices, and optimize your savings.
For a handy printable version of the apps you’ll need as well as other amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday Planning Pack for FREE, be sure to signup in the form below! Know that when you do you’ll subscribe to each blogger’s email list. Keep reading for more details as to what is included.
Several of my favorite bloggers joined together to create some resources to ease the strain of holiday shopping. Between the eight of us, we tried to cover all aspects of the holiday shopping experience from making the lists to getting the gifts wrapped and under the tree.
This bundle includes eight different printable sets all designed to help streamline your holiday shopping so you can get the best deals.
HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:
Best Apps and Websites for Black Friday Shopping (from Katelyn at What’s Up Fagans?) – Find out which apps you should download and which websites to shop through to save even more money during the biggest shopping weekend of the year.
Black Friday Funny Memes (from Jill at Ripped Jeans & Bifocals) – Printable cards you can carry with you to stay amused and/or amuse others as you wait in line on Black Friday.
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Mini Planner (from Herchel at Gym Craft Laundry) – Keep track of everything from your shopping buddies to your coupons with this mini planner designed specifically for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Shopping Lists (from Corinne at Wondermom Wannabe) – Simple, streamlined lists to help you easily track where your shopping, when, and for whom.
Black Friday Shopping Tips (from Joyce of My Stay at Home Adventures) – Shopping tips to help you score the best deals for the items on your Black Friday shopping list.
Christmas Shopping List (from Jamie of Life is Sweeter by Design) – An easy at-a-glance sheet to keep track of what you’re buying for whom and whether or not it’s been ordered, bought and wrapped.
Dear Santa Letter (from Stephanie of Parenting Chaos) – A fun and easy way to find out what your kids want for Christmas this year.
What to Buy Thanksgiving Day/ Black Friday/ Cyber Monday (from Raki of Outside the Box Mom) – Find out which day from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday that you’re likely to score the best deals on specific items.
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