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Shopping on Black Friday or Monday?

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Are you planning on hitting the stores on Black Friday and the online stores on Black Monday? Or will you do your holiday shopping later? No matter when you shop, make sure you do your homework in order to get the best deals. Here are some tips to help.

  1. Make a list. Whether you are buying gifts or something for yourself, knowing what you want to buy will help you resist impulse buying.

  2. Make a budget. It's important to decide how much you want to spend and stick with it. Your budget goes hand in hand with your list by determining the amount you will spend per person or item.

  3. Check the price. If you know the regular or non-sale price of an item, you can determine if the sales price is a good deal.

  4. Use an app. Apps are available to help you compare prices, sort through deals, get coupon and provide cash back. This article from Consumer Reports lists 9 free apps that can help with your holiday shopping.

  5. Use social media. Look for discounts, coupons, and other incentives on the social media pages of retailers.

  6. Sign up for email alerts and loyalty programs. Through these retailers let you know about discounts, coupons, and promotions. As a loyalty program member, you may also receive notice of special sales or promotions and earn rewards.

For more tips check out these articles from Consumer Reports: