Getting an early start of holiday shopping deals

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MONROE, OH (FOX19) - We're only a week away from Thanksgiving and all those wonderful ads from retailers are really starting to pile up in our mailboxes.

They seem to come out earlier and offer better deals every year.

If you are just getting started now and feeling the pressure already, retailers say you don't have to wait for Black Friday. There are deals to be had right now.

If the thought of holiday shopping makes you want to scream, get a game plan going before you step one foot out the door.

Stores are jump-starting the traditional Black Friday rush by cutting-in on dinner time.

"We wouldn't be having turkey," said one eager shopper.

Stores like Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Gap, Toys-R-Us and Sears are courting buyers, before the turkey even gets cold.

"Well, Cincinnati Premium Outlets is hosting the after-Thanksgiving weekend sale, featuring midnight madness," said Assistant General Manager Mary Ann Mattscheck. "Stores will be opening at midnight, right after Thanksgiving, with many stores opening as early as 10 p.m. that evening."

Be sure and scan sale prices and look for items on clearance.

"Our stores typically offer 25 to 65-percent off and that weekend, you'll find even greater deals," Mattscheck said.

Also check online for coupons before heading out. Add those to deals where you can buy two for one and it all adds up to some serious savings.

Cincinnati Premium Outlets even has it's own VIP shoppers club.

"And they will be able to download exclusive coupons to bring with them to go shopping that weekend as well," Mattscheck said.

"Just making sure everything is consistent," said Nike Store employee Trent, who had hangers loaded with Black Friday stock.

Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, as you may be on your feet for hours or standing in lines.

"The bulk of our business does come throughout the middle of the afternoon and such," Mattscheck said. "So we do recommend to come early or come late if you're looking to avoid the big crowds."

Shoppers Charles Hickman and Brittany Busch said they have a plan.

"I'd say go for it," Busch said. "It's fun, it's exciting, and you get really good deals."

But she advises people to go for clothing and other items first.

"As long as you don't go for the toys because that where everyone else is at," she said.

And how are folks affording all this new stuff in these challenging economic times?

"Two jobs," Busch said. "So you make up the extra cash that you get so."

"I have two jobs so I'm good," Hickman said.

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