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deals and discounts are still live from many retailers, including , , , and . We expect many more deals to drop as we head into Cyber Monday. Here at CNET, we've been rounding up the available deals so far, and we're pulling together some of our top tips here to kickstart your shopping experience.may be over, but is right around the corner. Major
We'll walk you through several easy ways to make the most out of the post-Black Friday, pre-Cyber Monday landscape -- from budgeting tips to researching ads. Once you're up to speed with all things Black Friday and Cyber Monday, make sure you check out theseand .
But before we get to that, let's front-load the bevy of deals and shopping options already available.
Where to start: Best Black Friday deals before Cyber Monday kicks off
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Got all that? Good. Now let's talk about some general Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping tips.
Set a budget and put money aside
Whether you're buying for yourself or grabbing gifts for friends and family, the holiday shopping season seems to come around so quickly every year. Therefore, it's wise to budget for it throughout the year so that you don't put such a heavy burden on your last few paychecks of the year.
With many Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales having already started (see above) and a general state of economic unease (like theand elsewhere), you need to be more judicious than ever about spending limits. It's a good idea to set a maximum you're willing to spend all told and then to track your spending during the event. It's easy to get swept away in the excitement when deals go live and not pay close enough attention to how much you're spending, but that self-accountability will be key to avoiding a huge overspend.
Decide what you want to buy and check prices now
While, a more effective way to shop is to identify purchase targets and create a list ahead of time. There are a few reasons why this is a better approach. First, you can assess prices now which helps you with your budget and saving targets. Doing the research now also helps you figure out what is actually a good deal worth buying during the event or whether a "sale" price isn't too far from a product's regular going rate.
During Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you can also work through the list you made to get everything you need in an organized fashion while trying your best to avoid wasting money on impulse buys.
Peruse as many Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads as you can before the event
Part of your pre-event research should involve checking out as manyas you can. Not only is this the best way to get a sneak peek at the deals that are coming during the event, but you'll also be able to budget more effectively and shop more efficiently if you know where all the best prices are.
Shop the early sales now or plan for shipping delays
As mentioned upfront, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales don't wait for the actual day before they begin -- many are already live! If you can lock in a low price now, not only does that help spread out the cost but it could help you avoid a hefty shipping delay, or avoid missing out on a deal altogether, later on. For the sake of a few dollars' difference between now and Black Friday proper, it may be worthwhile snagging things you need now. If you don't need things urgently, then it may suit you to wait a bit longer.
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Compare prices with the CNET Shopping extension
Is that Black Friday or Cyber Monday "deal" really a deal? Instead of looking up prices on Amazon's retail competitors one by one, do it instantaneously with a price comparison extension for your web browser. There are several on the market, but CNET now has its own in-house extension: CNET Shopping (formerly known as PriceBlink). It works across a bunch of retailers and can show you the best current deal, price history for select items, coupons for retailers that can help you add to your savings and more.
The best part of it all? The extension is completely free. Give it a try right now on Google Chrome.
Follow the CNET Deals team
The CNET Deals team will keep you up to date on all of the best deals between now and Black Friday, so be sure to follow the team on Twitter and sign up for the CNET Deals newsletter. We've got plenty of other shopping tips for you, like and the .