Whether you're chomping at the bit or a reluctant joiner, you're probably going to do at least some of your holiday shopping this Friday. How else can you escape your visiting in-laws? You're probably mentally prepared for long lines and crowded malls, but that doesn't make battling the masses any easier. This will.
We've tracked down a few websites that compile some of the hottest deals around, which allows you to strategize where you should shop and when. Do a little research now; reap the benefits come Friday. Trust us–even if your pecan pie falls flat, your mother-in-law will have to respect your retail know-how.
• Black Friday Ads: Find all the Black Friday ads in one place.
• BlackFriday.info: More ads from retailers like Old Navy, Best Buy, and more.
• Black Friday @ Gottadeal.com: News and ads for what's selling where.
• Bargain Share: Message boards where other consumers post the deals they've found.
• SheFindsCoupons: Printable in-store offers that get the best bang for your buck.
1. Read the Ads: Your local newspapers will be full of ads and coupons, and Friday’s papers will have additional sales. To preview some of the items now that will be on sale on Black Friday, check out blackfridayads.com, bfads.net, blackfriday.info or blackfriday.gottadeal.com, sites with advance copies of store ads.
2. Evaluate the Deals: Check the advertised offers with Internet shopping robots, including the Price Checker in Consumer World, or the ones at Shopping.com or Shopzilla.com to compare what a variety of online stores charge for the same item.
3. Save with “Triple Plays”: To save the most, buy items at a good sale price, use percent-off/dollars-off coupons offered by many stores to lower that price even more, and look for items that also have a cash back rebate.
Don't forget to check in with SheFinds. We're compiling our list of great discounts available, and they'll be posted at 8 am on Black Friday. Also be sure to check out guide to gifts that are selling out to find where you can get this season's most coveted gadgets, shoes, handbags, clothes, and toys.