The Friday after Thanksgiving isn’t just a day to wear larger pants and eat leftovers; it’s also considered the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. You probably know it as “Black Friday” because it’s such a profitable day for retailers. Indeed, it’s easy to find a wealth of sales on Black Friday to help encourage shoppers to turn out for the big day. But if you aren’t careful, Black Friday can ruin your holiday spirit as you fight for the best deals.
With a mountain of technology hitting the streets this year just in time for inclusion on holiday wishlists, you are sure to be looking high and low for savings. Thankfully there are some brave souls that out there that put together sites and apps that can help you prepare for the craziest shopping day of the year.
One of the best-known Black Friday sites is BFAds.net. This site gathers together the circular advertisements that arrive in your mail into one convenient place, and quite often they post them well before they hit your mailbox. You can also find numerous tips to get the most out of the day, coupon codes, store hours for the event, a message board, a shopping list and tons more. Basically, this site has everything you need to be the ultimate Black Friday warrior in one handy spot.
TGIBlackFriday looks a bit more like a traditional blog, which means everything is sorted by the date it was posted. But thanks to excellent filtering tools, you can quickly find the information you are looking for. There are also iOS and Android apps so you can get the same information on your phone – install the appropriate app and you can look up the best deals while you’re out shopping.
Don’t want to leave the house at all? Over at GottaDeal, you can find Black Friday deals that will be matched by the online arms of major retailers, so you don’t have to go to stores and fight the crowds. They also offer up scans of ad circulars, a message board, tips on getting the best deals, and more.
The folks at Deal News are available year round to find the best prices on electronics and other merchandise for you, but the site also has a special section just for all of the Black Friday madness. While all of the Black Friday ads are listed, if you simply can’t wait you can also check out their price predictions for products such as HDTVs, laptops, tablets, e-readers, and just about everything else that runs on electricity.
If looking through each circular one-by-one is enough to give you a headache, then you may like BlackFriday.fm. This site features all of the usual tools, but it also breaks down what it considers the five best deals in numerous different categories. Only looking for a good deal on a tablet? Take a look at the top picks. If none of those appeal to you, go deeper and see each deal from all of the different retailers in one handy location.
Equipped with some of these tools, you just might stay sane even as you deal with the insanity of Black Friday. Ready? Go shop!
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