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Make the Most of Your Black Friday Shopping

It's the busiest shopping day of the year and people have been lining up at stores across the country waiting for those door buster deals. Regina Lewis, consumer advisor for AOL, shared on "The Early Show" Friday how to get the most out of Black Friday.

According to National Retail Federation, they are expecting 138 million people to shop Black Friday weekend, up from the 134 million who estimated they'd shop last year.

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Black Friday can be very crowded and very stressful for shoppers. But, according to Lewis, there are ways to navigate through all the crowds. She shared the advice below on "The Early Show" Friday.

Know the Sales Before They Hit the Papers: Many of the stores leak their ads days and even weeks before the actual sale. TheBlackFriday.com and bfads.net are good but there are many other sites that leak details.

Download Apps: Downloading apps like Redlaser.com and Google Shopper that can scan an item and tell you where to find the best price - You can also see the prices of local and online retailers.

Be Aware of All Sales: Some of the best deals are not always gifts. Kitchen appliances, bath towels, coats, and countless other items drop to their lowest prices of the year the day after Thanksgiving. Keep in mind that you might not see these items so inexpensive until next year.

Return Tips:
Staple a gift receipt to the merchandise tag in case it needs to be returned or exchanged. Keep your original receipts with any warranty paperwork for the life of the warranty.

If You Don't Find the Gift You Want Today:
Remember Monday is known as "Cyber Monday," known as the biggest shopping day of the year.

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