Strategy is key for holiday shopping

(NBC) - More stores are opening for Christmas shoppers on Thanksgiving. Followed by Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Then Small Business Saturday shopping on the weekend. After those three days is Cyber Monday Shopping.

During this is the week, Americans shoppers will be inundated with deals and shopping opportunities like never before.

"At this point the consumer could be facing a little bit of 'deal overload' and it's hard to kind of figure out where to start and where to end." says Trae Bodge of

Retail experts' like Bodge, suggest you adopt a strategy for shopping. That starts with staying connected to the internet.

"Sometimes we use the Target app because it gives us coupons, then scan the coupons" say Target shopper Everett Henderson.

And shopping strategy includes social media.

"I've seen this 'cartwheel' app on my Facebook a lot. I see my friends purchasing a lot" states Amber Lutje who used her smartphone to save her money.

The shopping experts suggest, make a list of what you're buying for whom, sign up for email alerts and research an item before you shop.

"Because there are so many deals out there and they are coming from all these different sources, it is hard to take advantage of them as they come" says Bodge.

If your plans for holiday shopping mean venturing no further than the keyboard, Brent Shelton of has another tip.

"The majority of deals that are available in store are available online. Stores start online early on thanksgiving morning, so you could do both," says Shelton.

And when trying to help Santa fulfill a child's wish list, know that the best deals on toys happen right before Christmas.


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