Must-Read Black Friday Tips & Tricks for 2021's Holiday Shopping Season

Black Friday in New York City on November 27, 2020. Photo Courtesy: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Once again, it’s that special time of year when almost every store is offering big discounts on hot-ticket items and everyday essentials. But Black Friday is more than just America’s favorite shopping day; if you want to get the most out of these once-a-year deals and check off everything on your holiday shopping list, you’ll need a solid game plan.

As you (and your email inbox) have probably noticed, big-name stores and small businesses alike kicked off this season of deals as early as October. Not to mention, Cyber Monday, which sprang up a few years ago to promote e-commerce’s holiday deals, seems to be gradually merging with Black Friday as online ordering and in-store and curbside pickup options become increasingly popular (and convenient) concepts. Feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry. We’ve rounded up some handy tips and tricks for scoring the best Black Friday deals.