PHOENIX -- Black Friday, the day many of us deal lovers have been waiting for all year, is almost here.
Here are my top five tips when it comes to Black Friday shopping.
1. Plan your night in advance. Know when the stores you want to hit open and in what order you’ll shop.
2. Make a list of what you’re shopping for and stick to the “door busters” and hot deals. The stores offer amazing savings on a few items (often with few in stock) in hopes that you’ll buy more gifts that aren’t such a great deal.
3. Wear comfortable shoes (once I didn’t and I regretted it for a long time after).
4. Bring along your smart phone to double check that you’re getting the best price available for each item you buy.
5. Keep your sense of humor! I love heading out on Black Friday, 98 percent of the people there are in great moods. If you don’t get the door-buster deal you went for, don’t get too bummed. Most likely, I’ll find you a similar (or maybe even better) deal on dealsinaz.com. And don’t forget about Cyber Monday.
So many stores are opening on Thursday now they should really change the name to “Black Thursday.” I thought I’d start with a store that is waiting until Friday to open.
Petsmart is opening at 7 a.m. Friday. The first 100 people in line will get a free stocking filled with over $100 in coupons.
JCPenney is opening at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night but if you stop by Friday at 4 a.m., you’ll get a FREE snow globe.
Kohl’s also opens at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. You’ll earn $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend (good to spend at Kohl’s later).
My favorite deals to look out for
1/4 carat diamond and sterling silver sideways cross necklace for $39.99.
Blu Rays as low as $2.99 each
Karaoke machine: $49.99 (usually $99.99)
My favorite deals in the ad:
Element 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV for $229
Nikon camera for $99 (save $130)
Nintendo 3DS XL Game System for $149.99 (save $50)
iPad mini for $299 AND get a $75 Target git card
The iPad Air is $479 and you get a $100 Target gift card
RCA 9″ dual-screen Portable DVD Player for $69 (save $60)
Razor folding kick scooter for $19 (save $15)
Dyson DC24 Multifloor Vacuum for $259 (save $140)
Best Buy is opening Thanksgiving at 6 p.m.. Here are the top deals I would be looking for (check out their ad here):
55″ LG 1080p LED HDTV: $499.99
Apple iPad2 with Wifi: $299.99 ($100 off)
Dell 15.6″ Laptop: $177.99
Wii U Black Friday Bundle: $319.97 ($50 off)
DVDs as low as $1.99
My top deals:
32″ Class LED TV: $98
60″ Vizio Smart LED TV: $688
iPad Mini: $299 plus get a $100 Walmart gift card
DVDs as low as $1.96
20″ Hardside luggage: $25
Graco travel system: $99
At 8 p.m.: Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphones: $114.95 (guaranteed for an hour after this)
$4.50 select Rival appliances (waffle maker, mini chopper, mini dipper)
Better Homes and Gardens 700-thread count sheet sets: $24.96
Toys r Us will open its doors at 5 PM Thursday for Black Friday. Check out my top picks for deals (you can see the entire ad scan here).
Buy anything in store and spend $75 or more, get a coupon for $10 off your $10 purchase.
Deals from 5-9 p.m.
Furby Boom: $29.99/each
LeapFrog Leap Pad 2 Explorer: $39.99/each
Doc McStuffins Doctors Bag Set: $7.99
Other deals good through Saturday:
Imaginarium 55-piece train set with table: $39.99
Power Wheels Jeep Hurricane Ride-on: $299.99 ($150 off)
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe: $39.99
Home Depot 45-Piece Power Tools set: $12.99
All $14.99 and $19.99 Super Buy video games: Buy 1 get 1 for $1
Skylanders Giants Figures: Buy 1 get 1 free
Up to 80 percent off storewide clearance
Deals Diva Alicia Markham has one goal -- to help you live life better for less.
"I only post deals I truly love and would buy or participate in myself," she says.
A stay-at-home mom of two, Markham describes herself as frugal and says she is passionate about saving money. She wants to help you hang on to your hard-earned dollars, too.
"I think it's so important to save without sacrificing your quality of life," she says.
Markham's blog won Phoenix Magazine's Best of the Valley recognition in 2011 and 2012.
If there's a deal to be had, Markham will find it and share it with you.
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