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Five Secrets To Finding Amazing Black Friday Deals

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I don’t go Black Friday shopping anymore, but there was a time that I lived for it.  I’d take a nap after dinner on Thanksgiving so that I could get up at 11pm to be at the outlets at 12am to scoop up the best deals. And in my years of Black Friday shopping, I learned some tricks and found a few more that might help you if you’re thinking of putting together a came plan and hitting the stores running this Black Friday.

1) Search for “deal finder” websites and apps

Deal finder websites will help you by compiling all of the best Black Friday deals in one location, letting you search for the best deal on whatever item you’re looking for. Deal finder sites allow you to search by item, store, category, location and even date of availability, making them an invaluable tool if you’re a savvy shoppers looking to plan your Black Friday schedule well in advance.

2) Keep an eye our for ad leaks and email alerts

Knowing what deals are available ahead of everyone else can help you with your plan of attack for Black Friday. One of the best ways to do this is to create an email address just for stores and then set up email alerts for leaked Black Friday ads or regularly visit sites that post ad scans. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of creating an email address just for stores, you can also set up a Google email alert to filter out ad leaks.

3) Download store apps

Macy’s, Staples, Target, Best Buy and Walmart all have their own phone apps. So do most big-box retailers and even some smaller shops, and you’ll want to download a few of them before Black Friday.  The reason you’ll want to do this because it’ll help you find stores close to you and also because some of these stores offer savings and coupons you can redeem directly through the app. Don’t want apps clogging up space on your phone? Download them for Black Friday shopping and then after you’ve swept in and picked up your deals, you can remove the apps from your phone.

4) Monitor social media

Everyone likes bragging, especially when they’ve bought a great item at a steep discount. You know exactly what I’m talking about, right? Watch Facebook and Twitter for your friends to post the great deals they’ve picked up during their Black Friday shopping and then swoop in for yourself.

5) Take The Ad With You

Carrying around a bunch of store ads might not be your idea for a good time, but while some stores may not advertise the price you’re looking for, they might be more than willing to match the price of a competitor as long as you have a valid copy of the ad. Keep in mind that not all retailers give you the “lowest-price guarantee,” and most won’t try to match online prices, but having a copy of the deal you want can be the difference between spending under, or over, your budget.

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