Black Friday Shopping: 10 Tips to Do It Right

News Analysis: If you're shopping on Black Friday, be sure to follow these tips to get the most out of your day and out of your Christmas gift budget.

Every year Black Friday is a major event for consumers around the United States. They get up early, check their gift lists and determine a shopping strategy before setting off to spend a significant share of their annual earnings. It's a ritual of sorts that has been going on for years.

But unlike previous years, consumers today have far more tools and strategies at their disposal to make Black Friday shopping as easy and successful as possible, especially when it comes to buying technology goodies.

To help shoppers, here are some tips that consumers should keep in mind beforeheading to the store to buy technology and home entertainmentproducts. Sure, there will be good deals all over town, but having the right strategies in place to find the best options is something that consumers just can't miss.

Read on to find out how to get the most out of Black Friday shopping sprees.

1. Download shopping apps

One of the best things about bringing the smartphone along on Black Friday isthe ability to download applications that will help find great deals. There are several applications that list all Black Friday deals in one place. Even better, some applications will allow users to scan a barcode and compare pricing around town. Mobile apps are a key component in shopping on Black Friday.

2. Check out deal sites

Before consumers head out to the store, it might be a good idea to check out the countless Black Friday deal sites on the Web. They offer a collection of all the deals retailers are offering, and in some cases let users shop by whatever product they're looking for. Black Friday deal sites, like, among others, are a great resource to have handy.

3. Check Amazon before you go

The last thing consumers should do before heading out to the stores is forget to check Over the last couple weeks, Amazon has been holding special deals on its products, and the company will be doing the same on Black Friday. So, while brick-and-mortar retailers might have some solid deals, Amazon might still win out.

4. Consider Cyber Monday

All this talk of Black Friday might make some folksforget about Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Black Friday when online sites offer all their deals. Over the last couple years, Cyber Monday sale offerings haven't been all that impressive, but every now and then, retailers will offer something worth buying.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...