Nov. 25, 2010 -- Thanksgiving is here, and along with thoughts of family and thankfulness, many are already planning ahead to tomorrow's Black Friday sales.
Black Friday has become a cultural phenomenon in which shoppers compete for the best possible deal. In this current economy, it's more important than ever to get the most for your money.
But for those who can't wait for Friday, here are some deals online today:
Microsoft Store: Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect - $299, with promo code TNSGIFT10 - $269
Walmart has several online only deals from LCD HD TVs to jackets. Check out their list of specials.
Toys R Us has slashed prices up 70 percent on select action figures and playsets and up to 60 percent on select train and radio controls. For a full list, click here.
Black Friday Bargains
For hardcore shoppers, planning tomorrow's assault on the shopping malls is crucial to get the first crack at all those big deals to get those limited quantity doorbuster deals.
Using dealing-searching sites like Bfads, here are some of the best Black Friday bargains to check out:
Target: Westinghouse 40 inch LCD HD TV - regular price $499, sale price $298
Walmart: Emerson 32 inch LCD HD TV - regular price $328, sale price $198
Best Buy: Panasonic 50 inch plasma HD TV - regular price $999, sale price $699
Blu-Ray DVD Players
There are some jaw-dropping deals for internet connected Blu-Ray hi-def DVD players. They can play discs and stream movies off the Internet from websites like Netflix and Vudu.
Walmart: Magnavox blu-ray DVD player - regular price $118, sale price $69
Office Depot: Lenovo laptop with 15 inch screen - regular price $479, sale price $279
Staples: HP laptop with 15 inch display and Celeron 900 processor - regular price $449.98, sale price $299.98
While you are at Staples, you can pick up an HP 20 inch widescreen LCD monitor for $99.98, down from $149.98.
Best Buy: Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader - regular price $149.99, sale price $99.99
Best Buy: Logitech Universal Remote - regular price $99.99, sale price $49.99
Best Buy: Blackberry Torch 9800 - regular price $99.99, sale price $49.99
Walmart: Zhu Zhu pet - regular price $7, sale price $4
Walmart: Wii console bundle with Wii Sports report and Wii motionplus (comes with a $50 gift card) - regular $199.99, $149.99
Walmart: Lego Ultimate Building Set - regular price $30, sale $15
Toys R Us: Sing a ma Jings - regular price $9.79, sale price $7.49
Toys R Us: Smart Trike 3-in-1 Lady Bug Trike - regular price $129.99, sale price $99.99
Other Hot Deals
Amazon: Cashmere sweaters - 50 percent off
Amazon: 14K White Diamond Earrings - regular price $300, sale $199.99
Walmart: Shark Steam Mop - regular price $59, sale $36
Here are some tips for how you can shop like a pro this season using apps and websites:
Price Comparison and Tracking Sites
These sites will track a product and send you an alert when there's a drop in the price:
Pricegrabber.com: For price comparison and e-mail alerts.
Shopittome.com: Best for clothing and shoes.
Priceprotectr.com: Tracks after you purchase. Many stores will refund you if an item goes on sale within 30 days of your purchase.
Bfads.net: Compiles comprehensive online information on Black Friday deals.
Savings.com: Best aggregators of deals.
WePay.com. Everyone kicks in for a group gift.
Facebook: Follow dealsplus, for alerts on deals as well as prizes and coupons.
Better Christmas List, $1.99: List, budget and track your progress on your Christmas gift quest. You can keep it all password-protected on your phone.
Car Finder, 99 cents: Uses GPS to mark the location of where you parked your car in the mall parking lot.
Shopsavvy (free): Best bar code scanning app. It gives you online price comparison when you scan a barcode, and shows prices in local stores near to your location.
CNET Reviews (free): Compare specs and get expert opinions and ratings on tech gifts, all while you're in the store.
FastMall (free): Maps bathrooms, stores and exits in thousands of malls across the country.