Black Friday tips: We've got USA TODAY strategies for shopping smart during the holidays
USA TODAY personal finance reporter, Jessica Menton, delivers some tips for avoiding debt in order to deliver an enjoyable holiday gifting experience. USA TODAY
The annual holiday shopping frenzy known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be fast upon us, and some retailers have gotten an early start on the action.
USA TODAY is out ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend as well, with product guides and strategies to not only help you buy smart and find the sweetest deals and best bargains, but to offer tips on keeping the gifts you’ve bought for loved ones out of sight until it is time for them to unwrap them.
Here's how we've got you covered:
Store holiday closures: Shoppers hungry for Black Friday bargains may want to hit the stores before feasting on pumpkin pie. What major retailers are open on Thanksgiving, and which ones, alas, are closed?
When is my store open? Yes, your favorite store is open during Turkey Day but for how long? We clue you in on when to plan your shopping spree.
Food for thought: Forgot an ingredient? If you need more butter or another sweet potato for the casserole, here's when grocery stores are open. Want to eat out instead? Here's the restaurants are open Thursday.
Shopping tips from the pros: What’s the plan for getting everything on your Thanksgiving night and Black Friday shopping list, and maybe even landing coupon giveaways and other freebies? Here's how to beat your neighbors to the doorbusters.
What the retailers don't want you to know:Jennifer Jolly canvassed current and former employees for Target, Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and even eBay, to get a handful of holiday shopping secrets.
Black Friday ad roundup: If retail ads from your favorite stores haven’t already been released, there's a good chance they’ve been leaked. We give you the skinny on all the major Black Friday ads.
5 best deals now: From wireless headphones to Kindle eReaders, here are five great Black Friday deals to take advantage of immediately.
Here's what you should know before spending all your money on Black Friday "deals." Reviewed.com
Black Friday freebies: Being early at some stores means freebies and special coupons on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We round up the offers of what you can get for free.
Shopping for a TV: It's that time of year again when already cheap TVs go on sale for Black Friday. But from 4K to HDR, what features should you look for in buying a TV nowadays, and which ones can you ignore?
Streaming players: Lots of TV to binge on during the holidays and beyond. Black Friday may be the time to finally join the streaming revolution and buy devices from Roku, Amazon, Apple or Google. The pros and the cons in making such a purchase.
Buying a smart speaker: Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa? Our take on which voice activate smart speaker to buy.
Finding a Roomba: Someone, or rather something, has to help clean up the mess you and your guests made over the holidays. And that thing might be a robot. Here are top holiday deals on iRobots popular Roombas.
Black Friday apps:There’s another way to use your phones to uncover the best deals – we identify the apps and websites that may help you find the right products at the right price.
Move over, turkey: Turkey remains the meal of choice on most Thanksgiving tables. But it is becoming easier to have a Very Vegan Thanksgiving too.
Digital receipts: Electronic receipts sent via email, text or app are growing in popularity and can be handy to track purchases, make returns, keep to a budget or prepare for tax season. But are you ready to go paperless?
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