This Black Friday Shopping Tip Changes the Game

Happy holiday shopping weekend, everybody! As we all know, this upcoming weekend (including Black Friday!) is the biggest retail extravaganza of the year, which is why we asked our resident shopping guru, Monique Meneses, to break down the best strategies for Us. See it all in Red Carpet Daily, presented by DirecTV!

Meneses spoke to retail expert Sara Skirball from RetailMeNot.com, who served Us her three best tips: 1. Come prepared with a plan. You'll miss the best sales just going wild. 2. Take advantage of all five days of savings, from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday. Each day has its own unique sales, and you want to make the most of each. 3. Sign up for deal alerts, so all the information you need goes straight to your phone.

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Gap Metallic Swing Skirt will be available exclusively on gap.com for $35. Gap

And last, but not least, is Skirball's best two-step trick: First, buy a discounted gift card at the store of your choice before the sale starts. Then, during the sale, use that card to shop sale items to double your savings. Game changer, no?

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Get the Skullcandy Uproar Wireless On-Ear Headphones at kohl's.com for $25. Kohl's

Watch the video for the in-depth scoop! Plus, keep watching for a sneak peek at which stores will have the biggest sales of the season. (Hint: It's definitely a mall weekend.)

Shop the sales: H&M Black Friday Collection (available on hm.com starting November 25); Old Navy Cowl-Neck Dress for Women, $18, oldnavy.gap.com; Gap Cozy Sherpa Hooded Coat, $84, gap.com; Gap Crazy Stripe Merino Wool Blend Ribbed Sweater, $35, gap.com; Gap Metallic Swing Skirt, $35, gap.com; Apt. 9 Woven Whip-Stitched Colorblock Ruana, $23, kohls.com; Mudd Colorblock Long Vest, $20, kohls.com; Skullcandy Uproar Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $25, kohls.com; Kohl's Women's Tek Gear Hooded Puffer Vest, $20, kohls.com

(Wardrobe: H&M Black Friday Collection)

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