Black Friday 2016 is going to be filled with the best of the season’s deals on just about anything you can imagine – but, you must be a savvy shopper and come prepared to get the best of the best and the most bang for your buck.

One thing to remember, above all else, is to do your research before you venture out in the crowds – or online. This is true especially for big-ticket items such as televisions and electronics of all types.

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Read all the consumer report reviews of items you’re interested in before you sign on the dotted line. You might see a product that seems like a real bargain because it’s rock bottom cheap. But it might be a good deal for a bad reason. You might get it home and find out it’s poorly made and without quality features.

Before you set out for the stores or open your laptop, be sure you have the ads in hand of the stores where you want to shop. Many stores offer matching low prices on items and it’s best to have the ad to show them as proof.

Another good tip for saving money on your holiday shopping items is to use the store credit cards for your sale shopping. Watch out for substantial interest charges, but if you pay them off right away you may get bargain discounts and warranties.

Also, watch for night owl and early bird special sales. These usually go on between about 4 PM and 11 AM to draw people to the stores that prefer to shop in the evening hours rather than early in the morning, but you can find good deals no matter what time you venture out.

Beware of return policies. You’ll want to avoid stores that don’t offer liberal exchange or returns on items that may not fit or that charge a restocking fee.

And by all means, keep your receipts. Some stores are even offering gift receipts that you can include in the gift, but won’t reveal how much you spent for it. Be sure and ask if the store you’re shopping in has such a policy.

Black Friday websites that alert you of the best bargains and list the stores with the best deals sometimes have tips and suggestions that can help make your holiday gift buying less frustrating and more enjoyable.

Remember to get as much knowledge as you can before shopping so that you get the best bargains and have the best experience possible!

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