News flash: Black Friday isn't necessarily the best time to score deals, according to new Adobe Systems research. In fact, Adobe's research says the biggest price cuts during the 2013 holiday season occurred the Monday before Thanksgiving. Those who braved Black Friday were more likely to find items out of stock. Some retailers, including Wal-Mart, decided to discontinue the Black Friday frenzy, as well.
Still, let's be clear: We're entering prime shopping season, and the following 12 Android and iOS apps — all of them free, most of them useful all year round — will help you save money. Most are traditional retail apps, but we've also thrown in a few others that can help take some stress out of your shopping trips.