Download shopping apps: A strong benefit of being a smartphone owner on Black Friday is the ability to grab 'must-have' applications that will help you track down those great deals. Some apps list all the Black Friday deals in one list, while others allow you to scan barcodes to check prices around town.
Check online first: Before gearing up and diving in, you should hop online and scan the countless Black Friday deal sites. Most will grant you the same deals you'll find in store. BlackFriday.com is a good catch-all resource, alerting you up-to-the-minute as retailers release Black Friday ads.
The Early Bird gets the sale: The philosophy of retailers seems to be to offer the best deals early, to lure you into their store to buy before you've spent your money elsewhere. In most cases, the sooner you get there, the better.
Plan Your Attack: Some items (like Blu-ray movies) are marked much lower in stores (like Barnes & Noble), while other items (such as Apple products) can be found for the best prices online. A little research ahead of time will insure you spend your Christmas money wisely.
Remember Amazon! Remember, Amazon offers special Black Fri-day deals every day in the weeks leading up to the actual day. You may find what you need at a deep discount before Black Friday even arrives, allowing you to better plan your actual trip that day.