I should probably start out by telling you that I am not a Black Friday guru, however it’s not for lack of trying. I just seem to have bad luck, or it could be that I just haven’t quite got the hang of it yet. I would love to be a professional Black Friday shopper. There is so much money to be saved and the other great thing about it is that you can get your Christmas shopping done early. That sounds like a win-win situation to me. This year I’ve decided to get an early start, hopefully this will help my Black Friday shopping skills. Here are a few helpful tips I’ve found.

There are only a few ads out this early. I found one for a phone you can buy from Sprint that is about a quarter of the regular price. I also found out that there are websites devoted solely to Black Friday and Black Friday ads. You can sign up on these websites to get an alert when Black Friday ads come out. Here are a few of the sites I found, blackfriday.com, bfads.net and theblackfriday.com. You can also go to specific retailers’ websites and get signed up to be alerted when their ad comes out too.

I’ve also found that if you plan on spending a ton of money this Black Friday, you might want to consider using a credit card. The best kind to use is one that gives you cash back, so you are getting extra cash back to go along with all the money you’re saving on your Black Friday deals. There is a website that can help you find a credit card that might work best for you, it’s BetterCreditCard.com.

Check back soon for more information on Black Friday in Missoula, including business hours and deals!

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of The University of Montana, animal lover and writer.