10 Online Sources for the Best Black Friday Deals

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SORTING THROUGH THE CHAFF

Numerous websites promise to find the absolute best Black Friday deals this holiday season. But who has time to check them all? At Cheapism.com, finding those special bargains is a top priority, and we've come to rely on some tried-and-true sources. Here are 10 of the most reliable.

FATWALLET

As fans of FatWallet know, this site is useful year-round. For Black Friday, it goes all out. In addition to the iPhone and iPad app, the Black Friday guide is a top-flight online resource. Shoppers can browse sales in many different ways -- by store, category, price range, brand, and more. The site scans the actual advertisements, and visitors can click on specific items to see a pop-up with details of each deal.

BFADS.NET

BFAds.net is devoted entirely to Black Friday. It's a comprehensive resource that offers an extensive list of ads as well as tons of practical information, ranging from buying guides to store hours to FAQs. Sign up for the site's weekly newsletter for updates on leaked store ads and details on hot, early Black Friday sales and savings.

SLICKDEALS

Slickdeals provides a wealth of information for Black Friday shoppers. In addition to the traditional ad scans, it features an Editors' Guide that showcases an evolving list of the best deals. The Black Friday Discussion section is an excellent source for details such as what time to arrive at the stores. This is a very interactive site, so posted questions are bound to get responses.

DEALNEWS

DealNews devotes an entire section to the big shopping day. It features ad scans along with a wealth of information about deal predictions, top deals, deals to avoid, information on pre-Black Friday sales, the best times to shop, and so on. The site also opens a window onto historic Black Friday sales and deals data.

BLACKFRIDAY.COM

DealNews devotes an entire section to the big shopping day. It features ad scans along with a wealth of information about deal predictions, top deals, deals to avoid, information on pre-Black Friday sales, the best times to shop, and so on. The site also opens a window onto historic Black Friday sales and deals data.

RETAILMENOT

Unlike many of the sites discussed here, RetailMeNot doesn't focus solely on Black Friday. That said, it's worth checking the site before starting, as well as during, Black Friday shopping. RetailMeNot provides coupon codes for scores of products that can be printed at home and brought to the store or pulled up on the app to flash at checkout. The site also does a good job showing trending and top deals.

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Now's the time to make social media work for you. To see a store's Black Friday ad, "like" or follow the retailer on Facebook or Twitter. When the ad is released, fans/followers will be the first to know. Some retailers get creative with Black Friday sales announcements on social media platforms. In previous years Lowe's created a game that Facebook users had to play in order to unlock the holiday ad. Shoppers also can follow/like some of the Black Friday websites featured here for minute-to-minute updates.

RETAILER EMAIL LISTS

In the absence of a Facebook or Twitter account (or if it sits dormant most of the time), sign up for retailers' mailing lists to be notified as soon as an ad appears. The vendor will email the ad or pass along information about where to find it. It's also possible to stay current with the websites discussed here by signing up for their mailing lists.

GOOGLE ALERTS

Perhaps the most underutilized tool on this list is Google Alerts. Shoppers can create an alert for the phrase "Black Friday," and Google will scan the web constantly and send email notifications whenever the term is mentioned. While some of the mentions aren't relevant, more often than not, the alert turns up a new Black Friday ad or details about a specific deal.

CHEAPISM.COM

Cheapism strives to post the most useful and relevant Black Friday information, from deals to duds to ways to shop efficiently. We cover specific deals, store hours, what to buy and not buy on Black Friday, shopping tips, and more. Check the blog frequently for updates. Consumers also will find product reviews for dozens of categories.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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