Tips on Staying Ahead for Black Friday

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Whether you like it or not, some stores are opening Thanksgiving night and many shoppers will head on out to get the great deals and there are some great tools you can use to get more bang for your buck if you decide to head out and fight the crowds.

One useful tool is the Free Black Friday app that you can download on your smart phone. It can give alerts on the latest sales and best deals. Cabela’s, Wal-mart and Best Buy also have great apps on their Black Friday deals. If you go online, Business Insider offers a lot of tips and lists the hours that stores will begin their black Friday sales. That website is: http://www.businessinsider.com/black-friday-2014-hours-2014-11

But you can’t completely rely on your computer or phone to get those black Friday deals. You’ll have to save that for Cyber Monday. A big part of Black Friday is getting all bundled up and fighting those crowds, but it’s also important to remember what time each sale begins. For instance, Wal-Mart begins their 3 part Black Friday event on Thursday at 6pm. Best Buy also opens Thanksgiving night at 5 pm and Cabela’s opens on Friday morning at 5 am. Cabela’s  is one of the few stores left, that is actually having their black Friday sale, on a Friday. 
Across the river, the Ohio Valley Mall will be begin their big rock the mall midnight ball on Thursday starting at 8 pm.

“We’re giving 500 tote bags, Ohio Valley Mall tote bags, that are filled with coupons, and discounts and all sorts of stuff,” said Ohio Valley Mall Marketing Director Candi Noble-Greathouse.

While some are excitedly preparing for their two day shopping spree with their apps, magazines and online deals, others believe that the advancing hours of Black Friday, takes away from Thanksgiving.

“It’s a time to be thankful for what they have and they’re turning it into another reason to want more,” said Pleasant Grove resident Lacey Salmons.

“Friday’s in the name and I really think Thanksgiving should be spent with family,” said New Alexandria resident Emily Stephens.

“I don’t think so at all because our family does it together, so it’s more of a family thing than anything else for us,” said Glen Dale Resident Renee Zelinski.

So whether you enjoy shopping right after your Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, or on the actual black Friday, there’s plenty of deals and prizes across that valley that you can get in on, when you’ve got the right tools, and a plan.  


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