Black Friday will be here before we know it and the way we prepare to find the best deals has changed over the years.

I can remember being sent out early on Thanksgiving morning to buy a newspaper containing the goldmine of sales deals for the next morning. Next we were looking online at those ads, but things have evolved.

We now live in the era of smart phones and apps! Everything we need to find the best deals is at our fingertips 24/7.

To make your shopping experience a little easier this year, try out some apps. There are a lot of stores out there that have there own apps, like WalMart, Target, Best Buy and Home Depot. There are also apps that feature multiple stores, such as Flipp or coupon apps like retailmenot and groupon. You can also use apps to make money on your purchase through rebates like ibotta. There are apps out there for all your shopping needs.

Just remember there are fake apps out there too. Make sure to check out an apps reviews, ratings and the age of the app before you install it, because most fake apps don't have much information about them.

So have fun this Holiday shopping season and take advantage of all the great ways to get the best deals.