The holiday season is just about here! You might not know who’s bringing the green bean casserole to Thanksgiving dinner, but the best Black Friday deals are already starting to emerge.

Even if spending the night camped outside a store is not for you, a bit of research could reveal a deal worth venturing out for, and there may even be some that don’t require leaving your home.

Leaked Ads

One of the best places to turn when plotting your holiday shopping strategy is In addition to store hours and pricing predictions, Black Friday ads from Target, Costco, JCPenney and other major chains are already posted, with more coming soon. A few minutes on the site can pinpoint the best deals.

Cookware & Appliances

If you find yourself spending the holidays in the kitchen, this year might be the time to update your tools. Several stores are promoting mail-in-rebates on cookware and countertop appliances that bring the total savings on many items north of 80 percent. For example, if your slow cooker has seen better days, a new one can be had from JCPenney for just $7.99, after the rebate.

Treat Your Holiday Guests

Expecting lots of visitors this December? Target can aid in your quest for a bed-and-breakfast atmosphere. Deals on corded, cordless, and even robotic vacuums abound, like a $500, cord-free Dyson for just half price.

If you prefer guests who clean up after themselves, you can still spoil them with new towels, throws, or bedding at deep discounts. Or, consider the Black Friday staple – a new TV. Savings of several hundred dollars on a slew of sizes and models can be found across the shopping landscape.

Don’t Forget About Online

While heading out to Wal-Mart, Best Buy or Target is a tried-and-true way to save some cash on Black Friday, don’t forget about Cyber Monday, when these stores’ websites begin rolling out additional savings.

In fact, Amazon typically begins their holiday specials in mid-November, and competitors will likely try to keep pace, so the deals could start even sooner. Free shipping is almost universal this time of year, so try to avoid sites that charge to get your goods. But, be sure to review the return policy to make sure there won’t be any surprises if your item isn’t quite right. Happy shopping!

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