As the leaves turn and the days shorten in the Lone Star State, the buzz of Black Friday fills the air. It's the time of year when serious shoppers snag the best holiday deals. It can be serious business, with some even camping out overnight to get that prime position in line.

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Black Friday tends to bring out the biggest discounts of the year on virtually everything. According to Consumer Reports, having a strategic approach is the best route to go. Take my advice. There's going to be a bunch of folks going after the same deals. Stay ahead of the game with these insider tips and get the most bang for your buck this year.

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Start Early

Many retailers roll out deals way before the actual day. Take a minute to sign up for newsletters and follow your favorite stores on social media to get in on the early-bird specials.


 

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Set a Budget

It's easy to bust your budget with so many great discounts out there. Decide how much you're spending beforehand and stick to it to avoid any big-time regrets.


 

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Make a List

Know what you're buying in advance. This will help you zone in on finding deals for your must-haves and not get distracted by other sweet discounts.


 

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Compare Prices

Do a little research to ensure you're getting the best markdown. Sometimes a Black Friday 'deal' may not be as good as it seems.


 

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Check the Policies

Make yourself aware of return policies and warranties. Black Friday deals may sometimes have different terms, so read the fine print.

As Black Friday in Texas draws closer, having a strategic game plan going in could save you time, money, and aggravation. Give these simple steps a try. You’ll navigate the sales like a pro, find the best bargains, and may even enjoy it in the process. So, gear up, get set, and go. Here's hoping this Black Friday is the best one yet.

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