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Top 10 Tips to Bag a Bargain on Black Friday... oops... Black Thursday... oops... Black Friday Week

shopping Retailers are running big sales earlier and earlier, including before Black Friday. For the official sale events, some stores are opening at 6 a.m., 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, some at midnight in some states, and others not until Friday morning. And some stores like Walmart are staggering the release of their doorbusters, hours apart, so multiple trips to the store may be necessary. Here are our tips to bag a bargain on what has become Black Friday Week.

When Can You Find the Best Deals?

black Friday Adobe analyzed years of shopping data and found that the Monday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving day itself were the days for the biggest prices cuts and best bargains. And to show how prices vary from now until Christmas, the Wall Street Journal is unveiling a Christmas Sale Tracker to track prices of ten items at popular retailers every hour until then.


Free Extended Warranties -- Be Careful Which Credit Card You Use

Most consumers forget that they can double the manufacturer's warranty up to an extra year free, depending on which credit card they use to make the purchase. The rules vary from card to card, so you need to pick the right one for each particular purchase. Here's a comparison chart of each card's plusses and minuses.

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Mouse Print* -- Holy Ship, Toys-R-Us Changed the Delivery Address of my Order

mouse print Shopping online for holiday gifts? Learn from MrConsumer's misadventure to double-check every order before hitting "submit." That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Register Now for Small Business Saturday to Get Up to $30 Back

American Express is again giving away money on Small Business Saturday -- November 29th. This year, they are providing THREE $10 credits to your American Express card when you make three $10 or more purchases at participating brick and mortar small businesses that accept the American Express card. Corporate cards do not count, but Serve and Bluebird do. Register your card now. Here is a list of participating merchants.

Sony 40" HDTV - $299.99

At Best Buy now, get this 40" Sony HDTV ( KDL40R380B ) for only $299.99. Couple this with the American Express offer of $25 back on a $250 purchase (must sync it to your card at under AMEX Offers), and use a 10% off coupon from the USPS movers kit, and you have gotten a steal - $244.99!

Get Double Cashback from Ebates

For a limited time, if you sign up for Ebates and go through their links to popular stores, you get double cashback rebates. You'll currently get 6% back at Sears, Kohl's, Macy's, JCP, Bloomies, and Nordstrom, and 8% back at Neiman Marcus! ++

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Best Humidifiers

Consumer Reports just tested a slew of humidifiers to help combat dry winter air. Some of their top picks are as low as $45.

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