In the battle for your dollars, big names like Amazon kicked off their Black Friday sales last week.
Blogger Heather Brickell shares money saving tricks and tips on her blog .
This Black Friday she's directing shoppers to some stores that are often overlooked including the beauty store Ulta. And Brickell advises adding CVS and Walgreens to your list this week.
“There are like 15 items you can get for free,” she said. Brickell showed us that CVS freebies range from medicine and candy to vegetables. They're all free when you figure in rewards bucks and sign up is free.
And Walgreens is advertising buy two toys get two toys for free.
“They are the name brand toys like Play-Doh and Mr. Potato Head,” Brickell said.
Don't leave home without a game plan which includes a list, a budget, and store apps.
Walmart's interactive map shows you where every hot ticket item or doorbuster is located inside the store. Walmart placed that 65 inch TV on sale for $398 next to the produce aisle.
Target is blowing out prices on Apple items. But we found some of the exact same deals at multiple stores. That mini iPad 4 for 249.99 is the same price at Best Buy and the Instapot is 59.99 at both Target and Walmart.
Don't leave home without downloading a bar code scanner which you can use to quickly scan the item and see who's selling it for less.
And remember, many of the big box stores offer price matching.
Just ask customer service, so you don't have to drive to another store.