Holiday Shopping Deals and Tips

From Black Friday through the post-holiday sales, be sure you always find the best deals with our insider tips and shopping strategies.

How I Scored an Amazing Black Friday Deal: 4 Readers Share Their Stories

Need some Black Friday motivation? Here's how four ALL YOU readers found incredible deals during the biggest shopping day of the year

Safeguard your wallet and your budget

While braving the crowds on Black Friday can be intimidating, it also pays off big. Four ALL YOU readers share the how they've scored amazing Black Friday deals in the past.

"Last year on Black Friday, I lined up at midnight in front of my local Sports Authority to get a deal on a Ping-Pong table and was given a scratch-off card. I scratched it off, and it said '500.' I found out I had $500 to spend right then and there. I added North Face jackets for all!"
--Christina Daves, 46, Gainesville, Va.

"My fiance and I got a diamond engagement ring for almost 70 percent off on Black Friday -- it was originally more than $2,000, and we paid about $700. I kept an eye on the circulars, found a deal at Sears and arrived soon after the store opened to be sure there was still a good selection."
--Rachel White, 26, Los Angeles

"I scoured the circulars for a particular smartphone, and I found a deal at Best Buy. But when I got there, the crowds were huge! Just as I was about to brave the line, my husband called and said the store's website had the same deal. I ordered the phone online and even got free shipping."

--Rebecca Trissler, 42, Chicago

"I had my eye on a new washer and dryer and was going to wait until Black Friday to find a great deal. But one morning in early November, I opened my daily BFAds e-mail and saw that Home Depot had the washer-dryer set I was interested in on sale two weeks early. I bought the duo, saving nearly $500, plus I scored home delivery and free haul-away of my old appliances. Thanks to this amazing find, I had time to go shopping on Black Friday for other items on my list and save even more."

--April Rochel, 36, Los Gatos, Calif.


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