Our Black Friday 2011 Guide

As the holiday crunch approaches everyone is looking for more ways to stretch their dollar and save. And with Black Friday ads already displayed throughout the public and internet, we figured it would be a good idea gather and compile some helpful information for you.

First, let’s look at the most popular items – electronics. In 2010, 58 percent of Americans bought some type of consumer electronic product during Black Friday. [source]

So where do you start?

Below a quick list of our favorite Black Friday websites/deals.

Quick tip: Before you start shopping, don’t forget to sign up for ILWUCU Direct Deposit so you receive your PMA paycheck Thursday morning (at 4 AM) and have funds available right away. Or sign-up for a ILWUCU Visa Platinum credit card.

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop to view popular store ads and online deals, BFads.net is the place to visit. You’ll have access to Black Friday ads from stores such as Best Buy, Target, Gamestop, Macy’s, Toys R Us – just to name a few. This website carries most if not all Black Friday ads. Another valuable feature is their daily deals section known as Hot Deals for those year-round bargain hunters. Favorite Find: 30-50% OFF all TVs from Sears (including LED, LCD and Plasma).

Another site to consider: TechBargains. With TechBargains, you don’t have to wait until Black Friday – they scan the web everyday for the best deals on anything electronic. You can also subscribe to their RSS Feeds for instant updates or sign-up to receive email newsletters with the best deals of the week.

Extra: For more Black Friday information including hours at specific stores, check out BlackFriday.info.
Note: Some Toys R Us stores will open as early as 9 PM on Thanksgiving including the store in Torrance (CA).

Got video games consoles and accessories on the mind? Don’t worry, we got you!
Kotaku is a video-game focused blog. The site usually rolls out their Black Friday guides on Thanksgiving. However, we explored a bit and found some good Black Friday specials (as announced on their blog). Favorite Find: Buy One, Get One for $5 sale at Toys R Us. Includes Rage, Gears of War 3, Need for Speed: The Run, Battlefield 3 and Forza 4. The Kinect Xbox 360 4GB bundle is $199 ($100 off); a Kinect sensor itself is $99 ($50 off) and the 160GB PS3 Bundle is $199 ($50 off).

Other sites (for gamers) to visit as Black Friday approaches:
GamersGateSteam and Amazon. Amazon.com is price matching Kmart’s Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off Video Game sale on  popular video game titles. The sale is unannounced so the discount will only show up on the final checkout page before you submit your order, after you enter your credit card information and shipping address. [source]

Not looking for electronics? Check out:
Groupon Goods –  In addition to offering a variety of discounted gift certificates to local and national companies, the Groupon Goods section incorporates online retail. Just yesterday I received an email filled with a good amount Groupon Goods which included products like shoes, home goods, beauty products, cooking items and toys. These are definitely worth looking into!

Express - Everything in the stores (Friday Morning until noon) will be 40% OFF. Other department stores like Macy’s and JCPenney have also released Black Friday ads that are worth checking out.

Budget Savvy Diva – For the Coupon Kings and Queens, here’s a site that you’ll appreciate. I recently found a 30% OFF Purchase Printable Coupon for Coach Factory Outlet stores, valid until 11/20/11.

What kind of Black Friday deal will you look out for?

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About the Author

Alejandra Gutierrez Alex is the new Social Media Specialist for the ILWU Credit Union. She's a 'nerd' at heart who enjoys community building. Her obsessions: baked goods and old mariachi ballads.