It’s that time of year again, when people get ready to get ready for the holidays by rushing out to stores and trying to beat their neighbors to the best deals in town. Retailers have become masters of luring consumers in with crazy “doorbuster” deals that offer unbelievably deep discounts on everything from TVs and tablets to clothing and jewelry. But just because you go to a store on Black Friday doesn’t mean you’re going to get the best possible price.

We have plenty of info on hot Black Friday deals in our Black Friday 2014 hub, but you’ll need more than just a handful of fliers if you want to save as much money as possible while shopping this holiday season.

To get you started on your journey, we’ve found three key apps for your iPhone that will help you save as much money as possible — and in keeping with the theme of saving money, all three of them are free downloads.

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Big sales will start around Thanksgiving at retailers across the country, but you can save even more money by taking matters into your own hands.

First, download a free iPhone app called Chameleon, which will help you find the best prices in your area on whatever you’re shopping for. More than that, it will also find any available coupons and even tell you which aisle an item is in while you’re shopping in a particular store.

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Chameleon helps you be a smart shopper with aisle finders, coupons, reviews, deals, trends and more.

For example: Open Chameleon next time you’re shopping at Target and we can tell you which aisle the product you’re looking for is in. Now that you’ve found your item, do you need to check its price or know if there are more in the back? Chameleon gives you a real-time price scanner right at your fingertips!

Or make your way to Best Buy and Chameleon will give you reviews, ratings and real-time inventory status for every product in the store.

Next time you’re shopping at the mall or outlet Chameleon will become a guided map that includes amenities such as nearby bathrooms, staircases and – of course – the quickest route to the Apple store.

Chameleon works at over 3,000 locations across the US and more are added every week!

Download Chameleon

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Now that you’ve found the best price, downloaded a coupon, and you’re holding the item you want to buy in your hand, you can still save even more money before you make your purchase. Raise is a web-based gift card marketplace where you can purchase and instantly download gift cards at a discount.

Raise is a marketplace to save on gift cards and sell gift cards for cash.

– Save on gift cards to thousands of your favorite stores. Search for gift cards by brand name, highest discount and stores nearby. Redeem savings instantly at checkout.

– Sell gift cards and store credit for cash at the price you choose and get paid by ACH when the card sells.

– Add a credit card to your account for fast checkout and secure listings. Track your total savings and earnings in your digital wallet.

Make your money worth more wherever you shop. Unlock the value in your gift cards. Give yourself a raise.

Download Raise

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Even with all those discounts, however, you still might be able to find that item cheaper online. Simply scan it with RedLaser and you’ll see prices from online retailers in addition to nearby stores.

RedLaser – Barcode Scanner, Shopping assistant & QR Code Reader

Rated as a top shopping app by The New York Times, The Today Show, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and CNN Money, RedLaser helps millions of shoppers shop smarter every day – and it can help you too!

Never overpay again – RedLaser helps you find the best prices, coupons, and deals for all your favorite products and stores, online and locally.

•GET THE BEST PRICE
Scan a barcode or search to find the best price, online or locally

•SEARCH FOR PRODUCTS, STORES AND DEALS
Search for products, coupons, deals, and nearby locations of your favorite stores.

•INFORMATION THAT HELPS YOU SHOP
Read reviews, see nutrition facts, and find store locations, store hours, and in-store maps.

•NEVER MISS OUT ON A GOOD DEAL WHEN IN A STORE
Open RedLaser in a store and find everything you need to save: coupons, weekly circulars, store maps.

•DISCOVER NEW PRODUCTS
Find alternatives and accessories for the product you just viewed, and see what other RedLaser users have searched

•DIGITIZE YOUR WALLET
Scan & store your loyalty cards and even share cards with family and friends

● FEATURES ●

► Scan all major retail barcodes (including UPC and QR codes)
► Search our database of millions of products, stores, and deals
► Compare prices and find the best deals and coupons for thousands of online and local retailers
►When in a store, get everything you need to shop and save at your fingertips – hours, store maps, coupons, deals, weekly circulars, and more
► Read product reviews and nutritional info to help you make the right decision
► View popular products scanned by other RedLaser users.
►Securely back up your history, loyalty cards and favorites in your RedLaser account
► Create QR codes from contact info, URLs, a location, and more with our powerful QR code engine
► Create shopping, wish, and gift lists to share with friends and family. Also great for archiving your book, CD, DVD, and even your wine collection!

Download RedLaser

For more help finding the best prices this holiday season, be sure to check out our Black Friday 2014 hub!

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