LAS VEGAS - Black Friday is a week away. As 8 on Your Side found out, there are deals to be had if you know where to look.
Stores are employing a new strategy for Black Friday, and it's not one that necessarily works to the benefit of shoppers. Stores are opening earlier - many on Thanksgiving Day.
Sears, Kmart, Walmart, Target and Toys "R" Us are opening Thanksgiving Day. Most will open at 8 p.m. and offer special "door busters". Many are also offering price matching, so be sure to have a smart phone handy so you can compare prices.
Walmart will offer video games for $10 to $25, DVDs for less than $2 and Blue-Ray DVDs for less than $4. Walmart is also selling iPad 2's for $399 with a $75 gift card.
Sears will feature 32" televisions for less than $100 and washers and dryers at 50% off.
Kmart will feature 50" LCD televisions for $288. Plus, their jewelry will be 80% off, and their linens will be 70% off.
Best Buy will open at midnight on Black Friday and offer a 40" LCD television for $179.99 and laptops for $187.99.
While those all sound great deals, remember supplies are limited. That is why shopping online may be more affordable.
For example, if you plan on shopping at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys "R" Us or Babies "R" Us, you can buy online with PayPal. PayPal will offer price matching on purchases made through them.
Websites like BlackFriday.com allow you to shop your favorite stores, but offer cash back on purchases - giving you additional savings.
If that hasn't made you re-think shopping at stores on Black Friday, many of the biggest deals happen at stores before Black Friday. That means you have this weekend to score a lot of big sales you won't see next week.
Cyber Monday has also turned into a big money saver. The online deals are supposed to be much sweeter this year. Last year, Cyber Monday sales totaled $1.25 billion. Retailers know it's a cash cow, and they're going to entice you to buy online.
If you want to buy a big ticket item, do your research now to see what the prices are and whether those deals are actually any good.