KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In 2007, Tracie Fobes and her husband wanted to pay off their debt. So she started seriously couponing. She said she paid off $37,000 in a little more than two years. Now she runs the website PennyPinchinMom .com
She said she was surprised to see how many stores this year are opening on Thanksgiving.
"This year it seems we are moving from Black Friday to Black Week," said the Raymore, Mo., mom.
NBC Action News spoke to her last year and she showed us how to get several items for free. She said after the extreme couponing shows aired, she has seen a major change for shoppers.
"Stores have ceased double coupon polices; they have tightened the double coupon policy. It's just amazing what has happened to all of the good deals. We have to change the definition of a good deal; it used to be free now it's 50% off," said Fobes.
Candy Tai, an Overland Park, Kan., mom, who blogs for kcmetromoms.com agreed the deals this year are tougher to find but she still thinks there are some out there.
"If you are going to spend money anyway, why not get some type of reward for it," explained Tai.
Both moms said the best tip this year is to shop online. There is a chance that some stores will offer those door buster prices for a limited time on the store's website. Plus many stores are offering free shipping.
They said the best deals they found are:
Walmart: Nintendo Wii Console in blue, it's a limited edition for $99.96
Walmart: Xbox360 + Kinect + $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card is $199.96
Kohl's: Kitchen Aid Mixer is $179.99 after discount and a mail in rebate (regularly $259.99)
Office Depot: Tom Tom XXL550 GPS System for $89.99 (regularly $149.99)
Best Buy: Sharp 42" TV for $199.99 (regularly $499.99)
Target: Nikon L105 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 15x Optical Zoom 99.99 (regularly $199.99)
BlackBerry PlayBook tablet $199 at Best Buy, Radio Shack, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, this deal is $300 cheaper than the tablet's original price
Also some in store offers Friday morning:
Old Navy is handing out free digital cameras for a limited time.
Cabella's is handing out free rifles for a limited time.
Kohl's is offering $15 dollars for every $50 dollars you spend.
JCPenney is offering $10 and $15 dollars off when you spend a certain amount.
This year many stores are open Thanksgiving Day
Gap on the Country Club Plaza is open 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Victoria's Secret on the Plaza is open 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Toys "R" Us opens at 9:00 p.m.
Walmart is open all day but toys deals start at 10:00 p.m. and electronics open at midnight.
Target, Macy's, Kohl's and Best Buy all open at midnight.