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The shopping frenzy is about to begin. Black Friday is a shopping experience that has become a tradition in some homes. But where are the best deals? The Deseret News has compiled a few lists and stories to help you fight the crowds, save the most money and find the right items for you and your family.

Finding deals on electronics

There are lines outside of Best Buy for a reason.

Technology is constantly changing, and, consequently, so are Christmas lists.

Markdowns on some items, like Best Buy's offer of a 40-inch Toshiba television, are as much as $240 off.

Click here to see a list of Black Friday deals on electronics.

Need new appliances around the house?

If you're still using your hair straightener as a George Forman grill or that multi-tool keychain to fix your car, then maybe it's time for some new tools and appliances.

Macy's is marking down the George Forman grill by nearly $40 dollars on Black Friday.

Other stores are offering deals on a wide variety of appliances, including chocolate fountains, steam mops and slow cookers.

Click here to see a list of some of the best deals on appliances

Looking for toys for the kids?

Many retailers offer Black Friday discounts on toys for children of all ages.

There are lots of deals on Black Friday that can help keep the kids happy without cutting into their college funds.

Click here to see a list of deals on Toys

Big-box retailer Walmart compiled a list of the hottest toys for the holiday season. The company's list is based on a survey of 1,000 children and their parents and contains everything from Nerf blasters to the never-annoying Furby.

Click here to see Walmart's list.

The 10 best rated gift cards for the holiday season
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With $110 billion-worth of gift cards projected to be purchased in 2012 (CEB TowerGroup statistic), finding the perfect card with the best terms can be daunting, according to a recent list from the Deseret News.

Judd Lillestrand, founder and CEO of, reports on the top ten gift cards rated on his website.

Click here to see a list of the 10 best rated gift cards for the holiday season

Apps till you drop: Best apps to help with Black Friday shopping
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Smart shoppers may turn to smartphones for help and advice to make it through the Black Friday shopping frenzy.

The Washington Post says big-box stores are more accepting that shoppers will use their smartphones in shopping — but they are trying to win them over. Target is posting CNet reviews next to products. Both Target and Best Buy are offering price matching for online deals.

"According to an International Data Corp. survey released this week, showrooming may influence up to $1.7 billion of holiday retail sales," the Post reported. "The survey found shoppers are most likely to showroom big-ticket items, followed by apparel and footwear."

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Ultra HD TVs hitting the market, but many doubt whether you actually need one
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First it was black and white. Then it was color. Only a few years ago it was HDTV. Now, the latest and greatest and sharpest television standard just being introduced is called "Ultra HD TV."

USA Today announced the $19,999 84-inch Ultra HD TV from LG Electronics on Oct. 25. It has four times the resolution of a standard HDTV.

"As television gets bigger and bigger we need more lines of resolution and pixels to maintain the picture quality," Jay Vandenbree, head of LG's U.S. home entertainment business, told USA Today.

But will all that sharpness make a difference?

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Black Friday: An American institution that does not necessarily offer significant savings
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Though widely promoted, Black Friday bargains can be harder to find than Tickle Me Elmo. Andrea Woroch, a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc., puts it this way: "The data shows you're better off hitting the snooze button. Ultimately, the products offered at the deepest discounts on Black Friday are very limited in quantity."

Woroch cites ShopAdvisor data showing that neither Black Friday nor Cyber Monday (the online version of Black Friday which occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving) were among the six best days for discounts in 2011.

Jon Lal concurs. Lal is the founder of, a website offering coupons, cash back on purchases and other resources to help consumers save.

"For the consumer," Lal says, "there are two things that are important to remember. Product prices vary through the year, and Black Friday is going to get you a good price but not necessarily the best price."

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Forget Black Friday — holiday shopping already in full swing
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Ready or not, the holiday season has officially arrived. And it's earlier than ever.

Call it "holiday creep," an increasingly early start to the holiday shopping season. Salt Lake City is hardly immune to the national trend.

As strands of Christmas music played in background Saturday morning, Kelli Shaw of Ogden strolled through City Creek Center for her family's annual girls' shopping day. Earlier in the week, Santa Claus arrived at downtown Salt Lake's new shopping center for the unveiling of holiday windows at Macy's and other festivities to kick off the winter holidays.

As a shopper who prefers to complete her holiday shopping early, Shaw said she welcomes the early start.

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Shopping out loud: Retail stores getting noisier to stimulate more purchases, study says
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Retail stores are getting noisier — and they're doing it on purpose. That's what Emily Anthes reports in Psychology Today.

"Loudness may annoy the sound-sensitive customer, but overall, it pays," Anthes writes. "Shoppers make more impulsive purchases when they're overstimulated. Loud volume leads to sensory overload, which weakens self-control."

"Overload makes people move into a less deliberate mode of decision making," Kathleen Vohs, an associate professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota, told Psychology Today. "People might be more likely to be lured by brand names, fooled by discounts on items that they might not really want, and susceptible to other influences."

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Keep your identity: protect against Internet identity theft

As Black Friday offers move onto the web, the opportunities for theft increase as well.

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, affecting more than 15 million victims a year according to the Sacramento Bee.

"Because of the emotional and financial impact identity theft can have on an individual and their family, we thought it was important to offer some tips to help avoid identity theft," said Mark Desrochers, president of Personal Lines at Hanover, in a statement.

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