Happy Thanksgiving. It is hard to believe that this Friday is the start for holiday shopping with big-ticket items on sale. Several stores are opening on Thursday at 6 p.m., specializing in several big-ticket items for the Black Friday event sale. The stores are having great discounts on electronics, kitchen appliances, clothing items and toys.

Make sure you get your sale ads from The Daily Times and prepare for major researching.

Pull your family together once you have finished eating Thanksgiving dinner and start finalizing your shopping strategies.

Compare prices with all the stores to see who has the best items on sale. Pull together your final phase of your shopping list and write down all of the names that will receive a gift. Next, determine which price range you will spend on each person. Total your shopping list and see if you need to make any adjustments throughout your list. Don’t forget to guzzle some coffee for the start of your shopping spree.

Once you have identified the stores for shopping, my recommendation for today evening is to review your stores to see the sale items located within the store layout. Previewing the sale items in the store will assist in saving time. Remember with black Friday, timing is everything guaranteeing the completion of your shopping list.

Shopping tips for Black Friday shopping: Do not to bring a fancy purse. You want to keep your arms free for shopping. Plan for the basics with your shopping gear such as a fanny pack and shopping bag. Also, keep your store receipts, coupons, shopping list, pen and method of payment.

If possible, have a shopping partner that is going to different stores than yourself. This will cut your shopping time in half with sharing the list. Keep your shopping list flexible and keep in mind many stores have limits on deep discount items. Using different shopping strategies will keep you on track to receive many discount items.

Remember, it is first come, first served on the early bird sales and door busters. Strategize for the second half of your shopping trip for items that have an excellent sale prices usually within the first two hours the door busters are gone and you still need to finish your shopping.

For those who are continuing with the saving program, make sure you take advantage of your savings with the 52-week money saving plan. This is the 47th week of the year. Place $47 into your savings program. This would leave a new savings balance of $1128 toward your year-end goal of $1,378.

Grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day for those last minute items.

Food Lion

Today and Thursday

Mueller’s Pasta $1, Smart Source 11-04 55 cents,

Final Price: 45 cents.

Del Monte Green Beans or Corn buy one get one free, Smart Source 11-04 40 cents/4,

Final Price: 54 cents each.

ALDI

Closed Thursday only

Blackberries 99 cents 6-ounce package

Red Grapes 99 cents pound

Pomegranates 79 cents each

Powdered or brown sugar 95 cents each

Evaporated milk 59 cents

Cream cheese 69 cents each

Kroger

Prices effective Friday

Red, white or black seedless grapes 99 cents pound

Kroger Cheese select varieties $1.77 each

Kroger eggs 88 cents 12-count

Poinsettias 6-inch $6.99

Family Dollar

Sale Ad Coupon spend $25 and receive $5 off

DiGiorno Pizza $10/2 buy four, and four Pepsi Liter $4, One of the follow ice creams Breyers, Klondike or Good Humor $3.50, feeds 8-10 people at $2.75 each,

Final Price: $27.50.

Food City

Offer buy one get one free. Great time to purchase items at 50 percent off.

Hildred Lewis is a bargain hunter and purchaser. Visit her online at www.facebook.com/hildredcoupons.easily.

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