Most people think of Black Friday as the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season and retailers love that we flood their stores, but the sad truth is that Black Friday is actually a pretty big bummer. As a matter of fact, these are some really big Black Friday secrets that the stores don’t want you to know, but we're going to spill a couple of them for you.

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    A Lot of Sales Aren't All That Special

    Doesn't it feel like each store is trying to outdo the next by screaming in our faces that they've got a mega, mega BIG sale?  Here's the truth...most of the sales really aren't all that fantastic. It's totally human nature for you and me to want to buy something because it's got a giant sale sticker on it, but that doesn't mean the price is the best that you'll find. Whatever you do this Black Friday, don't impulse buy- do a little homework first.

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    Share Personal Info to Get the Sale? You Bet!

    If you want to get your hands on the best of the best Black Friday sales, you're probably going to have offer up some of your personal information and what's more, a lot of times you'll only get the Black Friday discount if you give away your information. If the deal is just too good to pass up but you don't want to get slammed with spam emails, try this trick: give your name and then give an email address that you've set up (in advance) only for Black Friday shopping.

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    That Sale Might Not Really Be a Sale

    If you've ever been Black Friday shopping, then you know a lot of stores will hand out flyers with discount coupons or rebates and like me, you've probably found yourself excited at the thought of additional savings...until you take the time to read the fine print. A lot of the coupons handed out on Black Friday aren't even redeemable that day. Most are only usable 4-6 weeks later.

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    Supplies Really Are Limited

    We've all seen the fliers telling us that supplies are limited but are they or is the store secretly hoarding a bunch of stuff in the back? No, they're not hoarding. Yes, it's true that supplies are limited. Remember the movie, "Jingle All The Way?" Enough said.

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    Black Friday Is Actually All the Time

    There's something exhilarating about hunting for a bargain, scooping it up, and saving cash on Black Friday shopping. But, here's something for you to really think about: a lot of the discounts offered on Black Friday actually are everyday prices somewhere else. Again, do your homework before buying something just because it's got a shiny sale sticker on it.