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How to shop early and still get the best deals


If Black Friday — the biggest shopping day of the year — is no longer the day after Thanksgiving, is it still considered Black Friday?

Instead of being one-day deals on doorbusters, this year the discounts will be available well in advance of Thanksgiving Week. This is due to a variety of obstacles, such as supply chain problems and labor shortages.

According to Tim Uy, Moody’s Analytics economist, these obstacles will continue to slow down the delivery of consumer staples and hot holiday toys.

There is limited stock at stores and long shipping times. Customers are much more likely to start holiday shopping early.

You don’t have to wait if you want the best season prices. Here’s how:

Black Friday sales are starting to be announced

These big-name stores include Amazon, Target, Best BuyAnd WalmartHoliday gifts that are hot for Christmas have been marked down up to 50%

Amazon offers 30% off on early Samsung 4K Smart TVs with Alexa Builtin and half-off an Echo Show. Black Friday deal page.

Target has some great deals on a range of items. best holiday dealsBuy two and get one on books, movies and video games, Beats wireless headphones reduced to $100 starting at $200

Walmart’s Black Friday Deals for Days has a 55-in 4K Roku TV for $228 and the Keurig K-Compact for $35.

J.C. Penney Macy’sAlso, the prices of kitchen appliances, clothes, jewelry, and bedding have been lowered.this fleece throw is just $16 Kohl’sTake 30% Off Lego setsThe bestselling toy is available starting on Nov. 21.

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Small business owners don’t wait for Small Business Saturday.

Pit Command, for example, is celebrating the success of fire pits as one of 2020’s hottest products. fire pit toolsAll sites reduced by 20%

You will find many other unique items. such as 20% off on EtsyYou can also shop locally and get personalized service and an inventory that is always in stock

Here are some ways to get the best deal

There are many options to make sure you still pay the lowest possible price on nearly everything that you purchase. Even if it’s a bit early for the holiday shopping season.

You can use a browser extension or price tracker: Savings tools like Cently which automatically apply coupon codes to your online order, and PriceBlink, which pinpoints the cheapest buying option across multiple retailers, help track discounts and price drops, says consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch.

You can also set sale alerts on your gift list through Amazon Assistant or use browser extensions like Karma to monitor product prices, she said. You can simply create a list with the products that you are interested and Amazon Assistant will notify you if they notice a drop in price.

Seek out a Price Match GuaranteeMany retailers offer insurance this year in the event of a better deal. However, exclusions may apply.

Target offers a Price Match Guarantee if you find a lower price on Dec. 24. However, this offer is only available to certain competitors. The item must also be still in stock.

Walmart and Best Buy have similar policies, but Best Buy specifically excludes competitors’ special Black Friday pricing starting the Friday before Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Avoid hidden pitfallsRemember: If you’re looking for a last-minute sale, it could cost more or be impossible to get the deal that you want.

Be sure to check shipping costs, service charges and return policies, like a 30-day return window, cautioned Shari Greco Reiches, a behavioral finance expert and author of “Maximize Your Return on Life.”

Reiches stated that “Black Friday could lead to a deep hole.”

Don’t fall for scarcity (only one item left and 53 people currently viewing online), social pressure (friends telling you what to buy), and sales (item was more expensive before) — and never buy the first listing on Amazon without researching all the prices, she added.

Always have a backup planIf you are going to be shopping for holiday gifts this year, it is possible that you will need a plan B.

The only thing that is not affected this year by supply chain disruptions are gift cards. According to Julie Ramhold of, it’s possible to get a gift card if your item isn’t in stock or doesn’t arrive on time. These cards also come with deals.

Ramhold explained that Target regularly offers 30% discounts on second Apple gift cards if one is purchased.

By December even more gift card deals roll out, she added, with retailers and restaurants offering bonus gift cards when you purchase select amounts — such as a $5 bonus card with the purchase of $25 gift card or a $10 bonus card with the purchase of a $50 gift card.

They are an excellent way to increase your holiday spending.

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