Black Friday 2016: What time do the stores open?

Yes, Black Friday (and its equally frugal cousin, Cyber Monday) is nearly upon us once again. Why not? Retailers will try very hard to get you to buy things that are not on your list.

When you visit the website all you see in huge writing is the error message "SORRY, WE NEED A MOMENT". Products included on Amazon's Black Friday deals include toys, electronics, kitchen and home goods and video games.

"Retailers and brands have quickly become sophisticated in how they employ their Black Friday game plans, with many extending their offers beyond the day itself to maximise volume", said Ian McGrath, MD of the company.

Of course, those not inclined to courageous the crowds can also simply sit back and enjoy the online deals that those same major retailers are offering.

Other tips include comparing prices in the days leading up to the day of discounts, and holding off for better prices if they aren't convinced by the deals on offer.

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"The sheer scale of Black Friday's great offers means that these are planned up to 12 months in advance to maximise the value and service for our customers".

James' blog "Rather be Shopping" makes it simple to find the best cashback sites and smartphone apps that are guaranteed to save you money while Christmas shopping this year. It's advertising HDTVs from $125 to $398, drones for as little as $30 and more than 750 DVDs and Blu-ray movies starting at $1.96. If this is the case, make sure to entice them to help with a small bribe. Just keep in mind to wear comfortable shoes and pee before you leave the house.

Shop at retailers with price promises, ensuring you can get a refund if your item drops in value in the weeks following your purchase.

Do take note that most of the great deals are expected to be revealed during the "Turkey 5" period, which would be comprised of the five days from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. The major deals are slated to be made online. Jewelry as a group has the worst savings, at an average of only four percent. Again, it depends on where you go, but many places now have discounts which will actually turn into much greater discounts when Black Friday rolls around.