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Black Friday, Cyber Monday shopping tips and tricks

Black Friday, Cyber Monday shopping tips and tricks

CREATED Nov 16, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The countdown is on -- Black Friday is one week away. With so many retailers courting shoppers, how can you make sure to get the best deals?

Four websites will be your Black Friday buddies as you get ready for one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

First up? Decide.com. It shows you the best time to buy a product, meaning you pay the least for what you want the most.

Fabulesslyfrugal.com links you to printable coupon sites and savings.com has discount codes for all of your favorite stores. 

And if you like to plan ahead, check out bfads.com for a sneak preview of all the ads so you can start making your shopping list and planning your shopping route right now. 

If you like to skip the Black Friday crowds, the Monday after Thanksgiving is a gold mine for those who like to shop from the comfort of their couch. 

The experts at fabulesslyfrugal.com say your best-bet strategy is to plan ahead:

-- Be on the list. Go to your favorite stores' websites and sign up for their newsletters. Many stores send followers exclusive coupons and sneak peeks at their deals. 

-- Know the return policy. Some stores will let you return products that you bought online in the store. 

-- Never pay shipping. Search websites like ebates.com or retailmenot.com to find free shipping or discount codes.