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Whether you love it or hate it, Black Friday is just around the corner and it’s time to make your shopping plan.

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Yes, it's that time of year again when businesses aggressively target consumers to spend. While fighting a post-Thanksgiving food coma and standing in line at the mall may be for some, others prefer to use their telecommunications devices to score the latest deals through online retailers and social media.

For those individuals hesitant to join the social media bandwagon, there's good news. Most retailers and organizations make their Facebook and Twitter accounts public, meaning you don't need to register for a social media site to access some savings on the biggest shopping day of the year.

But before you go reaching for that wallet, here's who you need to follow to score the latest deals and steals on Black Friday.

Black Friday survival tip:

Between social media discounts and coupon codes, it can be tempting to buy things because they cost less. But financial experts caution Black Friday shoppers to think before they spend.

"You can find bargains in this economy, but you still need to consider if gifts are really worth it and if they will get used," said Trevor Bush, senior vice president and manager of the Phoenix Retail Division at Washington Federal. "Spending unnecessarily could leave you without green and in the red heading into the new year."

For deals on electronics

From MP3 players to the latest televisions, if you're interested in buying anything from big-name stores like Target on Black Friday, make sure to follow them on Twitter to be the first to hear about their deals.

For deals on apparel

Looking for the deals on name-brand apparel? Then make sure you add T.J. Maxx to your list of followers. This major retail store regularly posts coupons and limited offers that will help you score deals on the hottest clothing brands for teens, tweens and adults.

For deals on designer brands

Who doesn't want surprise their loved one with a great designer gift? Follow popular flash sale sites Gilt and Rue La La to get the best deals on all the season's best designer handbags, shoes, clothes and accessories.

For local deals and steals

Looking to get the best deal on entertainment and restaurants in your area? CitiesOnTheCheap.com allows you to search for deals by city and sign up to receive email updates to find out about new coupons available in your area.

Special tip

Not finding the deal you want? For special Black Friday coupons and discounts, follow these Black Friday-specific Twitter accounts to get additional discounts, limited time offers and coupon codes for deals on your favorite brands and products.

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