In less than one month, many of you will be packing into big box retail outlets looking for the very best holiday shopping deals you can find. With this in mind, expert shopper Kyle James of Rather Be Shopping has put together a helpful cheat sheet to help get you prepared for the year’s biggest shopping day and to help you make sure you’re really getting first-rate deals wherever you go.

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For our money, here are three of James’ best recommendations:

  • If you know what retailers you’ll be shopping at, sign up for coupon alerts right now. James offers his own coupon alert service that you can check out for yourself here.
  • Don’t even think of buying name-brand televisions, winter apparel, large appliances or popular Christmas toys on Black Friday — the chances of you getting a really good deal on them are slim.
  • Consider going to stores on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before Black Friday since many retailers are now looking to get an early start with some of their most competitive deals.

These are just some of the essential shopping tips offered by James for Black Friday shoppers. We highly recommend you check out his full list here.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.