Holidays Money & Finance Budget Conscious

11.21.2018 | Updated on 12.05.2018 | 2 Minute Read | By Muriel Vega

In 2017, U.S. retailers earned a record $7.9 billion during Black Friday. That means a lot of online shopping carts full of deals and long lines at brick and mortar stores to get the latest gadget. For this year’s madness, you need to be ready for all of the incoming deals early to make sure you have a plan of action and a budget ready.

As always, before you download any new retail apps, check the name of the creator to make sure it’s legitimate. The New York Times reported a surge of fake and rogue apps within the iPhone app store in 2016 to try to capture unsuspected users’ financial information.

Ready to build that shopping list? Here are the seven sites and apps you should keep an eye on for the best Black Friday deals (and leaks!).

1. Santa’s Bag app

Before you get started, get organized! Santa’s Bag helps you manage your Christmas list for all of your loved ones in one place. Plus, it helps you keep track of your overall budget – something so easy to go over during the holidays – and breaks tasks down so you know what’s left to order, gift wrap and more.

2. Wirecutter

Wirecutter claims to have surveyed more than 70,000 Black Friday deals last year, only sharing a few hundred of the best ones. Even if you’re not in tech, this is the site to follow for a variety of deals with daily updates and on Twitter.

They also share with their readers the best ways to get the most of the Black Friday deals, like skipping doorbusters and restocking on household items. Instant Pot anyone?

3. CNET

Big Thanksgiving holiday sales are announced earlier than ever these days and CNET is on top of it with leaked flyers and spotting the web reveals of those crazy deals. Keep track of the best Black Friday deals on their site, especially for electronics.

Don’t miss their holiday guide, curated by the CNET staff, for the best gift ideas.

4. Consumer Reports

Looking for a side-by-side comparison on deals, especially appliances like TVs, refrigerators and other consumer items? Consumer Reports is your go-to.

The team breaks down what deals are best for every appliance plus gives you warnings on where not to waste your money.

5. Amazon.com

If you’re Black Friday shopping, you can’t miss Internet juggernaut Amazon’s deals. Because early is the name of the game these days, Amazon already launched a few deals, plus their Deal of the Day picks. They’ll be posting more in the days leading up to Black Friday and ahead of Cyber Monday.

6. Slickdeals

The so-called biggest deal-sharing community, Slickdeals aggregates the best (and sometimes the most obscure) deals around the internet, especially helpful to get those limited-quantity Black Friday deals.

Under each deal, you can see how users have rated the deal along with feedback on the product. If you’re on the go, download their app as the best entries get pushed to the front page.

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