5 tips for saving on Black Friday by Melissa M. Ezarik

Karen Hoxmeier, founder and owner of, suggests that shoppers remember to "go early and get done early. By 10 a.m., most of the best deals are gone, the lines are horrible and stores are a mess," Hoxmeier says.

...If you do wait until Friday, Hoxmeier suggests scooping up limited-time door busters first and limiting your shopping to stores likely to yield the best rewards. Your time is valuable, she says. She asks: "Is waiting in line for three hours worth the money you are saving?"

Bring a friend. Store lines are more manageable with a buddy nearby. Hoxmeier refers to this strategy as "divide and conquer."