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Getting the best deals on Black Friday: The Real Deal

The day after Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Black Friday has essentially already arrived. Through the ever expanding shopping season, stores will be offering door buster deals ahead of Black Friday.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The day after Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Black Friday has essentially already arrived. Through the ever expanding shopping season, stores will be offering door buster deals ahead of Black Friday.

Stores will still be opening early on Thanksgiving and the traditional Black Friday, but the ads are already out and you don't have to wait until next week to get those door busters.

Lauren Greutman, who runs the website IamThatLady.com, which helps you organize all of your holiday shopping and find the best prices, says it's worth shopping around because stores everywhere are looking to make a sale.

Greutman warns to be sure of what you're actually buying though.

"What you don't realize is that's a special Black Friday Blu Ray Player and it might have three or four less features than if you weren't shopping on Black Friday,” Greutman explained. “You want to compare specs of TV's and all the electronics that you're getting."

Greutman says keep in mind that some of the large door busters come in limited quantity at the store, so she advises getting there early. Otherwise head to their website where they're less likely to be out of stock.

She also recommends checking out Amazon.com.

“They're brilliant in their marketing in that as soon as they see a good deal on Best Buy, if you don't see it there, go over to Amazon. A lot of times they've found it and priced it," Greutman said.

Greutman also recommends looking for things such as in store cash back on purchases and rebates.

"Something that Walmart is doing this year is they're saying that between now and Christmas, if you buy something at their store and you find it for a lower price, you can bring it back to them and they'll give you the difference on a gift card. So that's making it so you don't really have to gamble,” Greutman explained.

To see the Greutman’s website, click here.

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