Black Friday: Here Are Some Apps to Help Brave Consumers Navigate San Francisco

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An empty basket? Is she really American?
Black Friday, a true American holiday, is quickly approaching, which means countless obnoxious consumers with credit cards will make their way to Union Square to get their hands on the best deals.

The only thing that could make this experience less painful is technology. So check out these smartphone apps that will help you navigate brave the San Francisco shopping centers, whisking you away from your driveway and placing you into a parking spot with the same kind of ease you experience in the suburbs.

See also: San Francisco Will Have the Worst Thanksgiving Traffic in the Nation

Waze: If you're having trouble traversing San Francisco without losing your mind (and who isn't), try this community-based traffic app. You and other flustered drivers can work together to dodge troublesome traffic hot spots. This app also gives turn-by-turn directions using voice control.

ParkNow: We all know that finding a parking spot in San Francisco can be as challenging and pointless as trying to find Waldo. So stop circling the streets like a hungry shark and reserve your spot from participating parking garages before you leave your (tiny) apartment. Yes, that coveted parking spot will definitely be there when you arrive. This app allows drivers to save money with the best-rate search function.

Mint.com: Stop being irresponsible and start tracking your purchases. Here's an app that will help you stay within your budget this holiday season. Mint allows users to see what they've spent this year, last year, and set spending goals for next year. View your accounts and watch your money deplete in real time.

ShopKick: This app rewards you for the love-hate activity of shopping. Walk into your favorite store and earn points that can be turned into free stuff. Link your credit card and earn even more points when you buy stuff.

Wunderlist: Make that list and check it twice with this organizational app that you can share with friends. Share shopping, or wish lists, with friends and family to get all your holiday shopping done in half the time. This app also lets users sync their shopping information with their laptops for access on the go.

So there you have it -- an app that will ease almost every single painful part of Black Friday.



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