"We've seen highly competitive weekend sales put on by Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon in what eventually turns into a big one-upping contest," said Michael Brim, founder of BFads.net. "For instance, Walmart will put an item on sale for a certain price. Then we'll see either [or sometimes, both] Amazon and Best Buy come out and price-match that price."
Target would not comment on the buzz surrounding what may be one of its popular items. The best deal BF Ads founder Michael Brim has seen is the unconfirmed 40-inch 1080p LCD HDTV from Westinghouse for $298.
When asked for confirmation, Target asked consumers interested in learning what the retail giant has to offer to sign up for alerts on Target.com/BlackFriday starting Nov. 17.
"Our full two-day sale ad will be available online Nov. 24 and in homes Nov. 25," company spokeswoman Jessica Carlson said.
Regardless of the cost cutting, shoppers should take advantage of cash-back offers. Nelson uses UPromise, a website that lets you earn as a percentage of your savings towards a college account. To go even farther than that, she gets cash back from her credit card, too.
Nelson said she sometimes can increase her savings by clicking to her favorite stores from links on her credit card company's website.
There are other ways to find out about Black Friday deals.
Check out Gottadeal.com, which includes leaked circulars for BJ's Wholesale , AJ Wright, Bigs Lots and Old Navy.
Also, check out the website of your favorite retailer for updates on deals.
Last but not least, Nelson suggests checking out Facebook.
"So many retailers have developed Facebook pages," she said. "They're going to put deals on their Facebook page first."