Three things to do before you go shopping on Black Friday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Almost half of people plan to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday according to a website that lists deals and lets shoppers compare prices of popular products. says there are a few things you need to do, before you open your wallets on Friday.

Here's the top three survival strategies to spend less. The website says you don't have to spend a fortune to get a good deal, even on expensive items.
First, start clipping newspaper ads early because the paper has some of the best deals that you won't find in stores.
Holiday fliers are usually home to the best bargains and you can compare prices.
Next, research reviews thoroughly, especially for high-end products like digital cameras, high-definition televisions and computers.

Even if you get a great deal, you don't want to be buying last year's model or an electronic that's tested poorly. The website says you'll end up wasting your money and your time because you'll have to  return the item.

Lastly, don't be afraid to use the internet to search for secret deals not featured at stores.

Before you go out and spend at the store, check the websites for each store to check for online sales. You can also pick out the make and model of the product you plan to buy. It can save you time and money when you visit the store. Searching a website can help you save time and money before Black Friday. You can even buy online and skip the store altogether. Also, some sales are only available online.

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