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How to Snag the Best Bargains on Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Get the best deals with these insider tips.


  • Step 1: Check internet sites Check internet sites like "": and "": on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Many Black Friday deals are leaked early online.
  • Step 2: Call ahead Call the store ahead of time and ask how many of the sale items are being stocked. If the product is being offered at a deep discount, it is probably a so-called "doorbuster" that will be sold out soon after the early birds arrive.
  • Step 3: Shop on Wednesday night Stop by the store on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and see if you can snag a doorbuster or other great deal. Many special discounts are entered into a store's computer system after 6 p.m. on the last business day before a big sale.
  • Step 4: Buy the newspaper Buy the newspaper on Thanksgiving Day and on Black Friday. Some sales are not advertised before those dates.
  • Step 5: Log on to the store's website Log on to the retailer's website before their stores open to see if you can snap up the items you want online.
  • Step 6: Make sure it's a bargain Compare prices at other retailers before you hand over your credit card; sometimes a Black Friday special is not the great deal it's pumped up to be. Sites like "": and "": let you comparison shop easily.
  • TIP: Beware of retailers who lure you into the store with a low price only to insist that you must purchase expensive add-ons to get it. Insist on speaking to the manager and leave if they don't accommodate you.
  • Step 7: Bring expired coupons Bring along any expired store coupons that you have. Retailers are more likely to honor them during the do-or-die holiday season.
  • Step 8: Wait for the second wave Don't despair if you don't snare any Black Friday bargains. Stores usually offer a second wave of bargain-basement prices about 10 days before Christmas, especially during a slow sales season.
  • FACT: Black Friday may be the biggest shopping day of the year, but it's not the biggest buying day; that honor goes to the Saturday before Christmas, or December 23 if the holiday falls on a weekend.

You Will Need

  • Your local newspaper
  • Expired coupons
  • The patience to comparison shop

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