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Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

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Black Friday is right around the corner -- the biggest shopping day of the year. SheKnows shows you how to save money this holiday season and get the most for your money during Black Friday shopping.

 

Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving -- hundreds of thousands of shoppers flock to the malls, boutiques and specialty stores, trying to get the best deals on holiday gifts, fashions and beauty products, and to get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping.

 

Though you can save a lot of money by shopping on Black Friday, it can definitely get hectic. And this year more than ever, shoppers are out looking to get the best shopping deals and the most for their money during their shopping adventure! 

Cyla Weiner, owner of Sylene of Washington, an intimate apparel and swimsuit boutique, has prepared five shopping tips to help consumers navigate the parking lots to online deals.

Make a List:

Prior to Thanksgiving, identify the friends and family members who you will be shopping for. This helps in keeping you focused during your shopping excursions either in-person at the retail location or online. Let SheKnows help you create your shopping list!

Gift Ideas:

Identify some gift ideas you think your husband; teen daughter; business associate and friends would like to receive. By taking a moment to think ahead, you are less likely to buy on impulse only because it's on sale.
SheKnows has prepared all sorts of gift ideas in our Gift Guide.  Check it out!

Shop Ahead:

Do some price research prior to Thanksgiving to see what these initial gift ideas are running. You can do this from the convenience of your own home online or actually visit a few of the shops prior to Thanksgiving. This allows you to truly identify a "great Black Friday shopping deal."

Sign Up:

Many retailers offer advance sale notices to their web site visitors who sign up to receive promotional offers. So get yourself on the list for the stores you frequent and start saving now!

Online vs In line:

Many retailers will run the same sale on their featured products online or in the retail location, while others even offer "only online" incentives. Shopping online for deals will reduce your time standing in line and searching for parking spaces.

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