Thinking of heading out this Thursday night or Friday to grab some Black Friday deals? Don't shop until you find out which store is best for you.
As Amy Nitchey of West Chester Township will tell you, you have to plan ahead.
"I think if you put the time and research into it, yes, you can score some really good deals," she said. "But If you just go in there blind, not so much."
Which stores are best for your personality
So with the help of DealNews.com and our modest anchor team here at 9 on Your Side, we're going to try to find the store that best matches your needs.
Let's say you're a technology snob like anchor Craig McKee, who wants only the newest and best.
DealNews says Best Buy is the place for you: With big markdowns on 60-inch 4KTVs from Sony, Samsung and Toshiba, this is where you will find high-end 4KTV's at good markdowns.
If you're a value electronics shopper like Good Morning Tri-State's Chris Riva, you'll find great deals on second-tier brands like Westinghouse and Haier at Target, Meijer and Kohl's.
For instance, at Target for $250, you'll find a 55-inch Westinghouse 4KTV as a doorbuster. At that price, who cares if it breaks in a couple of years?
Great clothing deals
The same goes for clothing.
Are you a fashionista, like 9 on Your Side's Kristyn Hartman or Ryan Houston? Macy's is their place for big markdowns on Michael Kors, North Face and Tommy Hilfiger.
While you are at Macy's, pick up small kitchen electrics as low as $9, some even free after rebate.
Or are you the budget fashion shopper like Kathryn Nero who likes cash back? DealNews says Kohl's is the store for you with "piles of Kohl's Cash" (their words), and shoes starting at just 5 bucks.
Maybe you are like our Tanya O'Rourke, who likes trendy but inexpensive gifts?
Then Target's your winner, especially because Target often throws in a gift card that Tanya can then spend on herself. Shh, don't tell anyone.
Did you recently blow up the microwave? Or is the washing machine failing? 9 on Your Side's "man's man," Steve Raleigh, likes Sears on Black Friday for huge markdowns on appliances. Plus, he gets some Craftsman tools for his tool belt.
Finally, if you are just cheap like John Matarese, Walmart is your store, with the most deals for the least amount of money.
And Walmart will have most of their doorbusters online, so I can just sit on my couch all day and watch football. That way you don't waste your money.
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