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Black Friday Roundup – Survival Guides, Tips, Gift Ideas and More

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Black Friday is one of the most stressful days of the year, and thanks to even earlier hours leaking into our Thanksgiving time, the stress will last more than a day. In order to make your whole experience a little less crazed, we've brought together the best of everything you need to know. How to make the most of the deals, what to look for, what not to look for — it's all right here.


Matthew Staver, Bloomberg/Getty
Matthew Staver, Bloomberg/Getty
 

For all the brave souls who are enticed by great Black Friday “deals” like 5% off a plasma screen, study and memorize these basic survival tips. Treat each Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy as a Guadalcanal, Normandy and Iwo Jima and you should make it back home alive… READ MORE

 
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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
 

Whether you're a seasoned Black Friday shopper or someone venturing out into the retail wilderness for the first time, you can save some hair pulling by letting your smart phone do most of the work. Here are some of the best mobile apps for anyone looking to get the sweetest deals on Black Friday or Black Midnight with the least amount of stress… READ MORE

 
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leejordan / stampendous / bcinfrance / pedrokwezi / anthonydecosta, Flickr
 

Savvy buyers know Black Friday can be one of the best days of the year to find terrific bargains, but not all items are such great deals. In order to better your experience on that infamous shopping day, here are some things you may want to avoid purchasing, along with when you may be able to score the best deals on them… READ MORE

 
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iStockPhoto
 

Planning to get a jump on your holiday shopping this week? Don’t forget man’s best friend — a variety of pet retailers are offering steals and deals for the dog and cat sets on Black Friday. Get out there early and get Fido what he really wants for the holidays this year! … READ MORE

 
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Scruble Cube
 

Struggling to decide what to buy for a child this holiday season? Then check out this collection of unique holiday gifts for kids of all ages courtesy of ‘The Early Show' … READ MORE

 
Jessie Hagen / Pamela / IAmButtonGirl, Etsy
Jessie Hagen / Pamela / IAmButtonGirl, Etsy
 

While the sellers on Etsy.com are probably hoping you'll spend all your Christmas cash on their handicrafts come Cyber Monday, it seems many of them are also aware how much people love a good, live-and-in-person Black Friday sale. Arm yourself with these accoutrements so you can shop til you drop in style… READ MORE

 
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Getty Images
 

Black Friday is upon us! It’s all utter nonsense and will probably get even more popular each year since we are all so broke and can’t pay full price for anything. To celebrate the darkest day of the year, here is a photo gallery of past Black Friday madness… READ MORE

 
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YouTube
 

Kohl’s is featuring Rebecca Black‘s awful but awfully catchy viral video smash ‘Friday’ in an advertisement for their upcoming Black Friday sale. Instead of the real 14-year-old singer, an actress belts out modified lyrics such as “Black Friday, Black Friday, gotta go to Kohl’s on Black Friday.” … READ MORE

 
Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images
 

This year, stores like Target, Macy’s and Kohls plan on beginning their Black Friday sales at midnight on Thanksgiving in order to claim a piece of the retail pie. While this may be beneficial for the company and customers, the workers seem to be getting the short end of the stick… READ MORE

 
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Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
 

In the midst of retailers looking to start traditional Black Friday festivities at the first possible moment the Friday after Thanksgiving, Walmart is expected to announce that it will do them one better. The company has decided to open at 10 p.m. the night of Thanksgiving, so its customers can get an “early” start on shopping… READ MORE

 

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