by Staff Writer
Don't get distracted by all the sales in the ads and the mobs in the malls. When you know the best deals to look for on the day after Thanksgiving, you can make your shopping list and focus on spending Black Friday online. Use these ideas to make a list before you sit down at your computer, so you can buy what you want quickly, before anyone else gets it.
Video games: Video game consoles are often available for a discount price on Black Friday, especially when you buy them in bundles with games and controllers. Handheld game systems are sometimes on sale, too. Sometimes there are special game bundles that are only available for the holiday season, so it's smart to buy them as soon as they're available; they're often released the day after Thanksgiving.
TVs: Many shoppers wait until TVs go on sale before buying them. Black Friday deals include low prices on high-demand items, like flat-screen LED and plasma televisions. These prices are usually a once-a-year occurrence. If you're looking for a gift for your whole family, this may be a great choice; it would mean better family movie nights all year long.
Jewelry: Another expensive item that you can get during incredible Black Friday sales is jewelry. High-cost items like pendants, earrings, and rings are available for those who get to the sale first. Think about anyone on your list who might like to get jewelry as a gift: your mom, your daughter, your sister, or maybe your best friend. Then see which discounted pieces would fit their styles.
Kitchen appliances: You may be waiting for Black Friday to replace outdated kitchen appliances in your own kitchen, or you may be giving them as gifts. Either way, be sure to look for appliances from the most popular brands, which are often marked down by a lot to attract shoppers, but often there are limited quantities. Those brand-name kitchen appliances are drastically reduced in price for the lucky few who get there first.
Toys: The hottest toys of the season are available for low prices during Black Friday sales. Focus on shopping for discounts on toys that are usually more expensive -- ride-ons, play sets, or remote control toys -- because those discounts may be some of the best.
DVDs: Since the majority of Black Friday shopping is done mainly with holiday gift-giving in mind, retailers know that it's a good idea to lower the prices on potential stocking stuffers. Many times, DVDs are on sale for that very reason. Popular new releases as well as classic movies are often marked down. DVDs of holiday movies are fun to give on Christmas Eve, wrapped up with new pajamas, a bag of microwave popcorn, and some hot cocoa mix.
Winter clothing: This is the time of year to stock up on sweaters, scarves, coats, and slippers for the whole family. Winter clothing essentials are always marked down for Black Friday and they make great gifts, so you'll want to add these to your list, too.