"Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Retailers know that shoppers are anxious to start--or finish--their Christmas shopping and are looking for the best deals they can find. Here are a few ways to find those great deals besides leafing through circulars.

Business2Business Community contributor Matt Ong came up with some secret strategies.

Search for “deal finder” websites and apps--Deal finder websites help shoppers by compiling all of the best Black Friday deals in one location, letting you, the user, search for the best deal on whatever item you’re looking to buy. You should also keep an eye open for applications like TheFind, which helps compare product prices both online and at nearby stores.

Load your smartphone with store apps--Macy’s, Staples, Target, Best Buy and Walmart all have their own smartphone applications. So do most big-box retailers and even some smaller boutique shops, and you’ll want to download a few of them before Black Friday. Some of these stores offer savings and coupons you can redeem directly through the application and some may offer flash deals only available to mobile shoppers.

Monitor social media for great buys--Everyone likes bragging, especially when they’ve bought a great item at a steep discount. That’s especially true on Black Friday where shoppers have historically shared details on great experiences and promotions on social media.

(Business2Business Community)

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