CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - If you're willing to camp out, usually in the cold all to grab a good deal, FOX 32 News' Lisa Chavarria has some tips as you prepare!
Americans plan to spend about 20 percent more this year than last on holiday gifts, according to Nerdwallet.
Some tips before you spend: it may seem obvious, but keep your eye on prices.
If you find the same item for less, ask for a price match. Check your credit cards as some offer price protection, meaning if the price goes down after you buy, you get cash back.
Use your credit card benefits. Look for extended warranties on big appliance or TV purchases.
Pay attention to free shipping offers. For example, Target and Best Buy will offer free online shipping with no minimum purchase!
Many retailers know their customers are just itching to grab deals as soon as possible. For some, they just want to avoid the crowds. That's why some places are offering sales before Black Friday.
Amazon just announced it is offering its Black Friday sales starting this Friday through next Friday. Similar to the company's prime day event, which some weren't exactly happy with, Amazon says it will offer new deals as often as every five minutes.
Although they haven't announced what will be offered, but according to USA Today, you can expect to see discounts like this:
- Fire TV streaming stick for $24.99 ($15 off)
- A Kindle Paperwhite for $99.99. ($20 off)
- 7-inch Fire Android Tablet for $34.99 ($15 off)
For anyone scouring for deals on toys, Investor Place listed the top 5 hottest toys. We searched for the best deals for you.
Star Wars BB-8 is the hot item this season. If you don't want to dish out the $150 for the most high tech, consider this, BB-8 with a remote control - it is selling at Target for 75 bucks.
Fisher Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex walks, makes sounds, and stands at 2.5 tall. The best in store Black Friday deal is at Meijer for $69, saving you at least $10.
FurReal Friends Starlily Unicorn retails for around $100. She's lifelike: She moves, makes sounds, and her horn lights up. Groupon has the best deal giving you 25 percent off, which means you pay $75.
Fisher Price Bright Beats Dance & Move Beatbo, normally $35. Toys R Us is selling it for $25.
The Exploding Kittens card game, the kid approved version (there is an adult one), we found the lowest price appears to be on Amazon for $20.