'Tis the season to be shopping, and if you're just hankering to find the best deals this year, there's a few Black Friday secrets you should know about.
First off—to the holiday shopping traditionalists—many major stores will be starting Black Friday deals nearly a half-day early, starting Thursday at 6 p.m. That's right, Thursday, aka Thanksgiving. Looks like you're going to have to forget the pumpkin pie this year and lumber out of that tryptophanic coma early if you're going to get a one-up on the shopping competition.
Social media, apps, and the Web are your most powerful allies
Cruising online is best way to get an idea of where the sweetest markdowns and deal packages are. Turns out people have literally dedicated their lives to the holiday-shopping craze and update daily online stories with the newest tips and info. Websites like blackfriday.com and nerdwallet.com showcase leaked coupons and promotions, providing helpful strategies and sifting through the BS to hone in on the best deals.
A simple search on Google or Yahoo can give you great results, but to really key in you'll have to make the most of social-media sites. With Twitter, you can create a separate feed list on your profile that follows major retailers' tweets on the latest deals and specials. Make sure to not only follow the "brick and mortar" stores like Walmart and BestBuy, but also online sites (especially Amazon) that showcase limited-time offers. Hashtags like #deals, #blackfriday, and #holidayshopping to see what the greater digital community is buzzing about.
If you're still not sure what to get for those 'oh so special' folks this season, then here are a few of the hottest items of 2013 and where to find them at their choicest Black Friday discount.
Kindle Fire HD
- Best Buy- $99.99
- Gamestop- $399.99 plus a $29.99 one-year Playstation Plus membership.
- Walmart- $189 plus plus $75 in store gift card (deal is the same for the 5c going for $45)
- Best Buy - $129.99 plus an additional $20 in-store coupon.