With the best bargain shopping day of the year starting Thanksgiving Day at most stores, there are some tips to help you bag the best deals and have a stress-free shopping plan.
1: Preview Black Friday sale circulars.
Click here for a list of sale items at all stores by category, and be sure to check the newspaper on Thanksgiving because they'll be full of circulars and last-minute deals.
Also, look for deals and coupons listed on retailers Facebook pages.
2: Evaluate the Deals.
Contrary to popular belief, not all Black Friday advertised items are great deals. To separate the ho-hum from the good deals, use the Price Checker at ConsumerWorld.org to compare prices at many online stores instantly.
If shopping online, find out the total price including shipping and tax, and what the reputation of the seller is using BizRate.com.
3: Save with "Triple Plays".
To save the most money, combine the primary ways to save. Buy items at a good sale price, use percent-off or dollars-off coupons offered by some stores to lower that price even more, and look for items that also have a cash back rebate.
4: Be an Early Bird.
Plot the route from store to store based on store opening times. Since quantities of the hottest deals are very limited, arrive before the doors open. If opening times conflict, send family members or friends to different stores.
5: Get a Gift Receipt.
Make returns easier for gift recipients by asking the store for a gift receipt and include it in the gift box. Without a receipt, a refund may be denied outright, or may be limited to only an equal exchange, or to a merchandise credit for the lowest price the item has sold for in the recent past.