The 10 Black Friday Secrets to Know If You Don't Want to Waste Your Time

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Here's a fun fact to keep in mind ahead of everyone's favorite shopping weekend: Last fall, the American Marketing Association published a number about Black Friday spending that has the same eyebrow-raising quality as a doorbuster deal: Retailers made about $8 billion on that day alone. This big figure, which was compiled by Adobe Analytics, was coupled with the prediction that Cyber Monday would bring in nearly $7 billion in sales—a forecast that eventually made it the largest online shopping day ever. 

All that being said, Black Friday 2018 is around the corner, and it's likely going to be as frenzied as it has been in the past. So what are you doing to prepare for it?

Other than lacing up your favorite sneakers and doing a few lunges in the parking lot—or, you know, making sure your tabs are refreshed on certain sites—there are a few ways to get an edge on the masses before they descend on those coveted Black Friday deals. Whether you're filling your bags online or in stores, these are the 10 tips to keep in mind as you seek out deals. Remember, even though retailers are set to make the big bucks, you should still make your dollars stretch as far as possible.