Mapping out your Black Friday shopping strategy

Mapping out your Black Friday shopping strategy

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"I know about what I'm going to spend, I know where I want to go, I know what times they open and even some of the stores where some of those items are locating," said Christie Myers. "I know about what I'm going to spend, I know where I want to go, I know what times they open and even some of the stores where some of those items are locating," said Christie Myers.
The paper ads come out Thursday but most stores already have their ads online and it's easier than ever to plan out your shopping before you ever leave the house, saving you time and money. The paper ads come out Thursday but most stores already have their ads online and it's easier than ever to plan out your shopping before you ever leave the house, saving you time and money.
"When you get in line with us tomorrow night were going to be passing out store maps so you can see where everything is going to be located in the building," said Sarah Johnson, manager of the Target in Turkey Creek. "When you get in line with us tomorrow night were going to be passing out store maps so you can see where everything is going to be located in the building," said Sarah Johnson, manager of the Target in Turkey Creek.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – With many stores opening on Thanksgiving for Black Friday the shopping frenzy is almost here.

So, what's the best strategy to conquer one of the biggest shopping days of the year?

The paper ads come out Thursday but most stores already have their ads online and it's easier than ever to plan out your shopping before you ever leave the house, saving you time and money.

Christie Myers has her coupons in hand and her Black Friday and Black Thursday all planned out.

"I know about what I'm going to spend, I know where I want to go, I know what times they open and even some of the stores where some of those items are locating," said Myers.

This year stores like Target and Walmart are making it easier than ever to plan out your shopping journey - providing store maps with some of the hot items labeled.

"When you get in line with us tomorrow night were going to be passing out store maps so you can see where everything is going to be located in the building," said Sarah Johnson, manager of the Target in Turkey Creek.

And with store ads already online Myers can see what she wants and who has the best price.

"I have six month old daughter Macie so I definitely shopping for baby deals, diapers and that sort also my husband will be catching a deal on a TV," explained Myers.

Another key to planning is knowing what stores will price match and if they'll take competitors coupons.

Myers knows toys are definitely on the Christmas list and she's already clipped extra coupons.

"I have a $5 off Fisher Price coupon and another $3, so I may be able to get a toy for free and a toy for $2," Myers said with glee.

With most stores opening on Thanksgiving Myers has planned her shopping around the family meal.

"Luckily it really worked out, were having it at his Mamaw's house and it starts at noon," said Myers. "So I'll be done eating and ready to shop!"

A few other tips to survive the shopping frenzy, be sure to pack a snack and some water and wear layers if you're going to be standing in line outside.

Store openings:

Here's a look at some of the Black Friday store hours--

  • Walmart and Best Buy's deals begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Target opens at 8 p.m.
  • Kmart will open the earliest at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving day.
  • Toys "R" Us opens at five p.m.
  • Knoxville Center Mall and West Town Mall both open at 8 p.m.
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