Holiday shopping deals already available online

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Black Friday deals went live online as early as Wednesday.

Many more begin at midnight Thanksgiving morning.

"I love to save money and I realized that a lot of people don't really know how," said Alicia Markham of DealsInAZ.com.

Markham is the mastermind behind the cash-saving website.

"I'm not a big fan of actually going to the store on Thanksgiving," she said.

But that doesn't mean she's hitting the stores on Black Friday either.

This deals diva gets her shopping done online and says we should too.

"Target actually has already started their Black Friday pricing online. Almost every store is starting it right at midnight," she said. "So if you're staying up tonight, maybe you're getting ready for your Thanksgiving dinner, it's a great idea to look online."

Markham does have some recommendations if you want to hit the stores in person.

"If you really want to head to the store, Best Buy is my top place to go for a TV. They have a 50-inch Panasonic TV, so it's not a no-name, for just $199. I know that's one a lot of people are going to be looking for," Markham said. "They have a Sony Blu-ray player for $49.99. That's a great deal."

She says Target has the best deal on an X-box. It comes with a free game and $50 gift card.

"Wal-Mart has something that I really like this year. It's called the 'one-hour guarantee,' and they have several items that you're guaranteed to get as long as you actually show up on Thursday between 6 and 7 o'clock. So there's not pushing. Even if they run out, you'll get a rain check, and they guarantee you'll get it before Christmas," Markham said.

Markham says Kohl's, Wal-Mart and Target are the big ones to watch online, and if you're looking for something specific, she says to Google the name of the item you want along with the word "deals."

She adds that many stores will match their online deals and recommends looking for places that will stack rebates and promos for major savings.