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The symptoms are all there: long, slow yawns, droopy eyelids, long lines of people waiting outside in the cold at 4:00AM. It’s Black Friday! Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving here in the US and it kicks off the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Supposedly called “Black” Friday because it’s the day that retailers begin making a profit (in the black on their books), Black Friday is rumored to be the busiest shopping day of the year. While this may or may not be true, Black Friday has become almost an industry in itself and I’ve assembled a list of sites that will help you navigate your way through the retail maze! If you want, put your savings into a savings account like I suggested in 17 Sneaky Savings Strategies. That would give you a jump start for next year!
The truth is, you don’t have to awaken at 3 in the morning to get those great Black Friday deals. You can get many of them from the comfort of your living room with a steaming cup of hot chocolate in your hands while a crackling fire warms your toes. Considering that there are far more retailers to buy from via the Internet and they don’t charge sales taxes, the savings can really add up! Especially if you can use the shipping coupon codes found on Free Shipping. This site offers free shipping coupons to over 800 stores including JC Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Dell, and Gap. Free Shipping is very easy to use and is well organized. You can locate free shipping coupons by store name, category, soon to expire, or most recent free shipping coupons and best of all, it’s FREE to use!
Find The Perfect Holiday Gift
First though, check out all the bargains major retailers will be offering on sites such as Black Friday, Black Friday 2008, Black-Friday.net, and Black Friday @ GottaDeal.com beforehand. The way these sites find out about a retailer’s upcoming Black Friday sale is part corporate espionage, part intentional leaks, and part corporate news releases. Those sales that are only “rumored” are marked as such so you don’t get your hopes up too badly. But generally, the content of the ads is pretty reliable, giving you a taste of what’s coming.