(KNXV) - We all love deals, and a lot of us love Black Friday shopping, especially if you can be one of the lucky ones to score a HUGE deal.
Plus, Black Friday is one of the few days out of the year that retailers price certain things below their cost to get you in their doors and opening up the wallet.
Technology and the boom in online shopping have changed the way Black Friday shopping is done. Retailers are now opening up on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, you can still stand in line waiting to get your hands on a door buster deal, but you can also find deals a lot easier (and not necessarily on Black Friday) online.
How can you score those great deals? It takes two things: research and strategy.
Start researching now. The Black Friday sales are more like a Black Friday season, which starts in mid-November and ends after Cyber Monday, December 2. The better prepared you are, the better your chances are of getting that new LCD TV, iPad, designer clothes or whatever you want to get for the best possible price.
You need to go start looking at the "leaked" Black Friday ads websites and read some of the blogs and articles. Some great websites to bookmark are Fatwallet.com , BlackFriday.com , Dealnews.com , Bfads.net and Blackfriday.Bradsdeals.com . Plus sign up for their email alerts so you can be notified when a new ad is released. Even following their social media accounts is a great way to stay informed. Having your pulse on what will be the hottest deals can really narrow down the possibilities.
How do you know you are getting a good deal? Research again. Use tools like Thepricegeek.com . It is a free website that lets you figure out the average price of items sold on websites such as Amazon.com and eBay.com.
Let's say you are looking for a 32" LED HDTV. How do you know what a good price is? You must do your research and know your price point. With the season of Black Friday approaching, both online and in store retailers will be having sales. Since you've done your research ahead of time, you'll be able to look at an ad and immediately tell if it is a good deal or not. Make sure to buy it if it's a good deal.
Amazon.com is a great website to study prices on things you may want to try and score over the Black Friday season. Just about everything and anything you can think of is sold on this site. So I often just do a search on Amazon.com and sort items by "Low to high" just to see what the going price is on something. The good news is that is only takes a few clicks of the mouse.
If you have a Smartphone download a price checking app, like "Amazon," "Price Grabber" or "Red Laser." It is always good to have something on hand for price checking regardless if it is Black Friday season or not.
Since the holiday season is literally right around the corner and lasts for weeks at a time, make sure to use all of these tools. They'll help you find the best deals. Also know that sometimes the best deal may not necessarily appear on Black Friday; it could come days before.