Some essential websites, tools and ways to find those Black Friday deals

Black Friday is now known as a shopping season, not just a day.

Since Black Friday door buster sales start on Thanksgiving Day, some of the big door buster deals are already gone, but more will be had.

The next few weeks will all be big online or at the stores. Many stores continue the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales until the holiday season ends. More and more of it, of course, is going online.

Be careful and don’t get lured into spending money on the things you want unless you know it truly is a deal. Let me help you find the tools to know if it is a deal.

Use your fingers to help you do the research. Don’t let retailers convince you something is a deal; prove it to yourself. Use websites like Amazon.comor Amazon’s price check app to compare costs. In addition, use eBay to help you do your own research. These sites will help you to find out whether or not the item on sale is a door buster deal, a really good deal, or an everyday price. Amazon sells everything you can possibly think of and using their website is a good way to help you do your research. And eBay allows you to find out what things are being sold for in there auctions. All you have to do is go to the search bar and click on the advance tab and type in what you are looking for.

Another great tool to use while shopping is an app called Flipp. If you want to see those Black Friday ads from the newspaper while you shop, you can do it for free. Just download the Flipp App on your smartphone. It displays the ads just like in real life.

Also, check out the websites that have “leaked” Black Friday ads. Technology gives us consumers a leg up on finding deals these days. Here are some of the best websites I’ve found for finding ads:

 Bfads.net

 Blackfriday.com

 Theblackfriday.com

 Blackfriday.gottadeal.com

 Dealnews.com

These sites contain information that the traditional ads may not contain, including those door buster deals on hot items like HDTVs, laptops and gaming systems. Plus the blogs on these sites are helpful to find insider information. Knowing that can help you decide whether or not a deal is worth your time.

You should also check out the websites of retailers you are interested in shopping and their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Social media is a huge tool to score these hot seasonal deals. You will be surprised how you can score that door buster without even leaving your home.

Don’t forget coupon code sites, too. Places like Retailmenot.com, Couponcabin.com, Fatwallet.com and Coupons.com can help you save even more money. Plus, if you don’t want to pay shipping costs, those coupon code sites might have a free shipping code. Always check out Freeshipping.org. Or sign up for the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial membership if you plan on shopping at their website. Just make sure to cancel the membership after 30 days so you won’t be charged the $99 annual fee. The Prime membership gives you two-day free shipping on the majority of things they sell. I am also sure a lot of online retailers will be offering free shipping deals as we get closer to Christmas.

One last thing to consider is that many retailers offer price matching with online deals or in-store to help compete with major online retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart. That’s a huge plus for us consumers. Read the fine print on the price matching policy at your retailer’s website or store. Have fun when you score a deal plus be kind to others there are plenty of deals for everyone. Most importantly don’t spend money on things you don’t need just because it is a good deal.

A tool to help you know if you are getting the best price while shopping online

Shopping online is a great way to price compare but how do you know you’re actually finding the best deal? I found a tool that can help. Plus it will help you find a deal if you missed out on a hot Black Friday shopping season deal. It’s called InvisibleHand and the gist of the application is to tell you when you’re getting a good deal and when you’re not.

First you have to install the tool and it only works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Go to Getinvisiblehand.com Once it’s installed it stays invisible until you start shopping. Once you start shopping the invisible hand will pop up and shows you at the top of the screen if the item you are about to buy is the best bargain. It compares prices on products all kinds of stuff. Plus it lets you know if there are coupons for the sites where you are shopping. So this Black Friday shopping season if you miss a hot deal online let Invisible Hand find it for you.