Holiday Shopping Black Friday Target

Shoppers pack an aisle during a Black Friday sale at a Target store, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Newport, Ky.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Black Friday is right around the corner, which means many shoppers will be standing in long lines to score a great deal, but don’t let the hype fool you.

Black Friday falls on Nov. 29 this year. Stores are dropping prices early because that critical window between Thanksgiving and Christmas is six days shorter than last year, so start tracking prices now.

Consumer Reports has great advice on how you can get the best deals.

Tip 1: Start Early

Do some bargain shopping before the day arrives. 

Tip 2: Do Your Homework 

Consumer Reports says study the ads the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Tip 3: Use Websites and Apps 

Consumer Reports suggests Google shopping, Price Grabber, Price Watch and Shopzilla. Amazon’s mobile app allows you to use a smartphone camera to scan products and price shop.

Tip 4: Use Retailers Loyalty Programs

Use retailers’ loyalty programs that offer sales and promotions to members. Signing up for Black Friday shopping alerts now will get you the early word on promotions, coupons and discounts.

Click for more tips from Consumer Reports.

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