Worried about staying organized for the holidays? Don’t worry – there’s an App for that.

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Let the preparations begin!  First up Thanksgiving, then on to Black Friday and all of the Holiday festivities that follow.  But with so much to do in so little time…how are you supposed to stay organized?  Well of course! There’s an app for that.

Our favorite apps are “The Black Friday App” by Dealnews and “Shop Saavy”.  It may or may not have something to do with our obsession with lists.

Found these helpful Thanksgiving inspired apps at Mommy’s Memorandum:

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (Free for iPhone)

The app includes hundreds of Thanksgiving recipes, including Green Bean Casserole, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and plenty of recipes for that perfect Turkey. AllRecipes.com is also useful because you can see user ratings, which makes it easier to pick the best recipes. If you’re on a budget, the AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner app is a great pick for planning your Thanksgiving meal.

Epicurious Recipes (Free for iPhone)

Epicurious has a dedicated section for Thanksgiving, and it includes nearly 200 recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. If you’re not sure how you want to cook your turkey, this is the app for you. There are a ton of turkey recipes, including Clementine-Salted Turkey with Redeye Gravy and Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey. Those planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving will also appreciate veggie-friendly holiday recipes like Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie or Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew.

Whole Foods Market Recipes (Free for iPhone)

The Whole Foods Market Recipes app are healthy and include nutrition information — not that you’re likely to be worried about calories and fat grams on Thanksgiving! One of my favorite recipes is the Thanksgiving Weekend Strata, which uses leftover stuffing. You could also try the Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Honey-Pecan Drizzle in place of your normal marshmallow-topped sweet potato recipe.

Martha Stewart Cocktails (99 cents for iPhone)

Give thanks to the home goods queen for an app that allows you to easily infuse that hard edge into your Thanksgiving drink menu.  This all-inclusive cocktail recipe database can be easily shared with friends and even comes with a specialized Thanksgiving selection guaranteed to keep more than the conversation flowing.

And a big thanks to Dave Greenbaum on the Apple Blog for these fantastic Black Friday apps/reviews:

Black Friday by Brad Deals (Free)

If you want the virtual experience of looking through those fun newspaper inserts with lots of pictures and happy models wearing ugly sweaters, then this app is for you. Plain and simple collection of ads that aren’t searchable, saveable or sharable. But despite limited features, as someone who enjoys marketing, I genuinely loved looking through the national ads with this app, in their full print glory.

Black Friday App (Free)

This app is put out by the very reputable and addictive Dealnews site. This app is a great tool for searching for a particular product or product category. Need an external hard drive? Search for it, find the best deal and then click on the item to find out when the store offering that deal opens, whether you can buy it online and how long it’s on sale. You can also save the deal to a list, or share it with others via social media.

This is a great browsing app for seeing what’s out there and remembering where to go. For each deal it has a list of the store limits for items and limits per customer, letting you know how early to get online for them (for some, you’d better be reading this while in line!). Logical and easy to use.

ShopSavvy (Free)

While not specifically a Black Friday app, ShopSavvy is the definitive guide to finding the best deals online and off. Scan a bar code on an item or simply search for it, and the app will check online prices as well as local stores. It can even tell you if an item is in stock. If you miss that “1 item per store” deal, this app will help you find the next best price.

The interface is slick. You can create lists of items you found and sync them with DropBox or export them for later use. If you see something you want someone to buy for you while shopping for others, this app will help you drop some hints while saving you money on your own purchases. You can also quickly create lists of potential gifts for others.

Decide.com (Free)

Decide.com is a technology-focused price predicting engine. It analyzes pricing trends for popular products and tells you whether to wait on purchasing or go ahead and buy. Using a bar code scanner or  through basic searches and browsing, the app will look at the price of the item within the past two weeks to determine if its recent price trend. Think of it as a stock predictor for electronics pricing. Once you decide it’s time to buy, it will compare prices locally and online to help you get the absolute best price.

mGifts ($2.99)

To track all those purchases and to make sure you’ve got something for everyone on the list without duplicates, mGifts helps you organize your purchases. Can you get your entire list done in one day? mGifts will make it possible to stay organized enough, but unfortunately won’t help you pay for anything. mGifts isn’t exclusively holiday, related so you can use it all year for birthdays and anniversaries.

eBay (Free)

Finally, don’t forget individual store apps. These are always free. The Amazon Price Check  app will search all of Amazon and stores that sell via Amazon. National retailers such as Target and Walmart have individual apps to help you find the best deals, and some even offer coupons, so it’s a good idea to have the app for the store where you’re shopping. Even some national mall chains have apps, and it can’t hurt to have them since they’re always free.

Best of luck to you this Thanksgiving and happy shopping!


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