How to Score on Black Friday Sales

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We've all heard the many conspiracy theories buzzing around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So how do you know if you're really racking up on the big sales? This list will help you sniff out those too good to be true deals

 Online vs. In Store

Sure, you can wake up early and head to the store around opening time to rack up on savings, but if you can help it, why now stay at home? Traffic is sure to be a killer, and the checkout lines will be brutal. Also, the amount of savings will practically be the same. The average discount is 24 percent, beating any other day of the holiday season. If you miss that, prices are still around 20 percent off the entire week leading up to Thanksgiving online and in-store. But, if you're going for a true Black Friday Shopping experience, may the sales gods be with you!

Download those Handy Apps

Use mobile apps to get alerts on the best deals. Some of the most popular are ShopSavvy, Shopular, and Flipp. You should also go directly to the source, and get mobile alerts from the biggest discounters: AmazonWalmartTargetBest Buy, and Kohl's

Don't Forget about Price-Matching 

Many stores, such as Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe’s, allow managers to either match or offer 10 percent below a competitor’s price. Don't be afraid to do your research and haggle.

Be on the Look-out for Early Bird Specials

Some stores offer early-bird specials on Black Friday itself. They might give in-store credit to the first 100 shoppers who walk through the door. Doorbusters may only be available to the first 10 or 20 people who show up.

Don't Forget Cyber Monday is Right Around the Corner

Be aware of Cyber Monday deals (the Monday after Thanksgiving). Don't just focus on the day after Thanksgiving.

Promo Codes are your BFF

If you plan on shopping online, don't forget to visit sites like RetailMeNot, or to find promo codes for your order before you checkout. 

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