Black Friday Deals With Tips For Stress-Free Shopping

Getting a good deal for gift shopping and more The Friday after Thanksgiving, known across the country as “Black Friday,” is the biggest shopping day of the year in...

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Getting a good deal for gift shopping and more

The Friday after Thanksgiving, known across the country as “Black Friday,” is the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. The average American spends $313.29 on Black Friday. However, hunting for the best deals and battling the crowds at malls and big-box stores is also a source of stress for many people. So how can you score the best discounts without losing your mind?

First, know which items are likely to be on sale during Black Friday. Experts recommend focusing on electronics, appliances, and apparel of all kinds–including clothes, shoes, and handbags. These items are the most likely to be sharply discounted on Black Friday. But steer clear of jewelry and furniture–market experts say Black Friday is not the best time to buy these items, even if they’re advertised at a “sale” price.

Also, for the tech-savvy shopper, several Black Friday deal-tracking apps have sprung up to help you locate the best prices. The app TGIFriday can help you decide in advance where to shop.

Also, watch your bank activity during the holidays–financial experts say credit card fraud and identity theft increases sharply during the holidays. If you see any suspicious charges on your account, make sure to file a report with your bank and cancel your credit card right away.

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