Black Friday shopping secrets

Secrets to save you money

By Jodi Mohrmann - Managing Editor of special projects
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Thanksgiving dinner is done, and now it's time to shop! Black Friday is the day record numbers of shoppers head to the stores. So here are some tips to get the best bang for your buck.

First, be prepared. Most major retailers release their Black Friday in-store specials early.  So check the Black Friday-focused websites like to see where the best deals are.

And get "appy:" make sure your smart phone has the latest comparison-shopping apps.  Many have a bar-code scanner that lets you scan and compare prices, plus a QR code reader that can get you coupon codes or special deals.

Another useful tip is to shop close to home.  You don't always need to drive all over town to get the best deals, especially on electronics.  Research shows that in many cases, prices for highly promoted TV sets from major electronics brands vary only a few dollars from chain to chain.

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