Nowadays, the term is used to refer to the day after Thanksgiving, also commonly known as the busiest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. Black Friday has turned into a day in which retailers go all out in hopes of seeing their profits go from Red (loss) to Black (profit)and the serious shoppers turn out by the masses every year to accommodate.
No matter which meaning one is referring to, both will usually produce the same crazy and stressful results and many folks, myself included, tend to avoid Black Friday shopping crowds altogether.
But if you still want to partake in some of the great deals and bargains you can often do it right from the comfort of your home by shopping online. While you won't be able to get some of the best deals out there, many online retailers do offer up some seriously deep discounts and many will cough up free shipping too.
Whether you plan on fighting the crowds or shopping online you first need to find out what's on sale and where.
One of the best ways to do that is by finding and going through the sales advertisements as early as possible. Listed below are some of the best and most dedicated Black Friday Sales sites to be found.
These websites offer their viewers a ton of up to the minute Black Friday sales data and most are constantly being updated with the latest leaked ads and deals.
This site is the so-called "official" site for Black Friday ads and offers a monstrous amount of info and you can even sign-up to be emailed when their latest Black Friday ads are posted.
BFad is soley dedicated to Black Friday which makes it one of the best sites around.
While GottaDeal is a year-round destination for bargain hunters, it's Black Friday Info as well as it's forums just can't be beat. We venture to say that it's probably got the best and biggest Black Friday site on the web.
BlackFridayDeals.net is another website entirely dedicated to Black Friday and one where you can search by store or by category.(this website is now for sale)
Deals Plus offers folks year-round help in finding a good deal anytime or anywhere and you can also find some coupons here too.
- Mr. Cheap Stuff
Mr. Cheap Stuff's Blog offers just about anything one needs or would ever possibly want to know about saving money & cheapness and it's updated just about every day of the year.
Once you've figured out what's on sale & where, all that's left to do is to map out your favorite stores & local malls, throw on your most comfortable shoe and shop till you drop.
On the other hand, if you have to (or want to) skip Black Friday you can always enjoy a bit of shopping on Cyber Monday, the unofficial kick-off of the online holiday shopping season which begins on the Monday following Black Friday.
If you happen to normally compare yourself to the Grinch or the Scrooge during the holiday season and really despise Black Friday altogether, just shout out a big loud Bah-Humbug and then head on over and join the Adbusters Buy Nothing Day and/or Buy Nothing Christmas Campaigns.
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- Surviving the Stress of Black Friday