While you're online, check out the Web sites that track sales and specials at numerous stores. For example, blackfriday.info keeps track of pre-Black Friday and Black Friday sales ads. It also has over 27,000 coupon codes that you can use at online retailers right now.
Make a Budget and Stick to It: Sales should keep your costs down, not give you carte blanche to spend more. Go to the store with a list -- and stick to it.
No New Credit Cards!: Do not sign up for a store credit card for that 10 percent discount. More credit cards often turn into more debt.
Check for Tax Holidays: Check out tax holidays in your area and shop on those days. You can find out about them on the Web sites of your city or state.