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5 Online Resources to Help You Find the Best Black Friday Deals

Posted on 11/8/2012 8:46 EST

There are hundreds of websites that promise to find you the absolute best Black Friday deals this holiday season. But who has time to check them all? Here at Cheapism.com we've made finding the best Black Friday deals a top priority. And yes, we've used many of these online resources and today we're sharing our tried and true favorites.

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1. FatWallet.com.

If you check only one website for the best Black Friday sales, we recommend this one. As fans of FatWallet know, it's easy to use year round, but this Black Friday season it has gone all out. In addition to a useful iPhone and iPad app, the site's Black Friday Deal Finder is a top-flight online resource. You can browse Black Friday sales in many different ways -- by store, category, price range, brand, and more -- but our favorite part of the online site is the ad scans. Now you can see the actual advertisements, and by clicking on a specific item in an ad, a pop-up appears with the deal details.

Brent Shelton, public relations director of FatWallet says this is one of his favorite new additions to the site because it provides so much value to consumers. "Our deal-entry team adds a ton of money-saving details for every deal, like any available coupon codes, mail-in-rebates, free shipping, the 'was' price and, of course, the cash-back percentage. It's a huge benefit to know what all the savings opportunities are in order to compare items most efficiently," Shelton says.

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You can also save the ad scans as a PDF and print to carry along on Black Friday and beyond for price matching opportunities. Another boon is that shoppers who use the website can get cash back on Black Friday sales (although not yet by using the app). If you're buying an HDTV, laptop, or tablet, this is your chance to save big.

2. BFAds.net.

BFAds.net is a website devoted entirely to Black Friday deals. It's a comprehensive resource that offers an extensive list of Black Friday ads as well as tons of practical information, ranging from Black Friday buying guides to store hours to Black Friday FAQs. Shelton recommends signing up for the site's weekly newsletter, which keeps you updated on leaked store ads and also gives details on hot, early Black Friday sales and savings.

3. SlickDeals.com.

SlickDeals provides a wealth of information for Black Friday shoppers. In addition to the traditional ad scans, it features an "editor's best picks" section where SlickDeals experts put together an ongoing list of the best deals they're seeing. If you wait until closer to the big day, you'll find a complete buyer's guide to the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. We also like the site's Black Friday forum, which is an excellent resource for information about specific deals details, like what time to arrive at the stores. This is a very interactive site, so if you have a question, post it and you're bound to get a lot of feedback.

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4. Facebook/Twitter.

Now's the time to make social media work for you. If you're waiting to see a retailer's Black Friday ad, like or follow the vendor on Facebook or Twitter. Trust us, when the ad is released Facebook and Twitter fans/followers of that store will be the first to know about it. Some retailers get creative with their Black Friday sales announcements on social media platforms. Last year Lowe's created a game that Facebook users had to play in order to unlock the Black Friday ad. You can also follow/like some of the Black Friday websites noted above for minute-to-minute updates.

5. Store Email Lists.

If you don't have a Facebook or Twitter account, or don't check either often enough to catch a retailer's Black Friday ad as it's released, signing up for the store's mailing list also lets you see an ad right away. The vendor will email the ad to you or pass along information about where to find it. You can also stay current with the websites noted above by signing up for their mailing lists.

Black Friday Info Bonus:

Cheapism.com strives to post the most useful and relevant Black Friday information to keep you well informed. Check our blog frequently for updates, and if you have a smartphone, check our guide to Black Friday apps.

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