Black Friday offers some of the best prices you'll see all year. But that doesn't mean everything is rock bottom. We want to help you sort out the Do's and Don'ts of the Black Friday weekend so you can snag the best deals.
To start, DO plan ahead. The Black Friday flyers are already out online. So you can begin comparison shopping Jared White.
"We always study trends from previous years, so this year we're going to do this better, we're going to save more money if we wait so we kind of compare prices."
DON'T assume all black Friday prices are rock bottom. The price tracking company Dealnews says Toys and Christmas decorations tend to cost less the closer you get to Christmas. And January is the time to get steals on coats, most brand-name HDTV's, exercise equipment, and bedding.
DO time out the deals. Retailers like Walmart are scattering the doorbusters, check it out: 6 PM thanksgiving evening a $98 Flat Screen TV, 8 PM movies and games, 8 AM the next morning, guns and tires. They are all very different.
DON'T assume you need to wait in line. Data from previous years shows 70% of in-store Black Friday deals were also available online.
I did all my shopping online last year and I saved a lot of money," said Spartanburg shopper Luanne Boyter.
And Dealnews says in some cases there are doorbusters that are only available online.
DO sign up for your favorite retailers email list-serve. You may get extra coupons you can use on top of the savings.
DON'T rely just on the printed adds. Some stores make last minute price cuts in order to compete so keep checking back online.
Finally DO keep your receipt. Stores are getting tighter with return policies on holiday purchases.
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