You're in the mode of shopping and the holiday music is playing. You find yourself browsing the store, sipping a latte and basking in the glory of the holiday season.

Stop. Here are five gimmicks to avoid on Black Friday to keep you on budget this holiday season.

1. Look! It's in the ad. It must be a great price.
The Black Friday ad is filled with great prices. However, just because it's in the ad doesn't mean it's the best price. Always check online retailers and compare prices.

2. It's a great deal! You have to buy it.

Sure the shiny TV is a steal and the hottest new toy is a bargain - but do you need it? Just because something is a great price, doesn't mean it's on your shopping list. Be proactive and have a list, and be specific on what you want to buy this holiday season - ignore the other deals.

3. It's $5 or less. Stock Up!
It's very easy to overspend on smaller items. Around every corner you might find $5 or less DVDs and socks and scarfs and oh, what a bargain. You can spend your way out of your budget with a number of "cheap" items. Stay focused.

4. It's almost sold out. Buy now!
Sure, it's the most popular toy this year. And yes, everyone wants to have his or her child unwrap that present. Is it what your child wants? Be intentional about who you are buying for. Is it something they want? Is it something they need?

5. Only 5 items left! We have to wait in line! It's the best deal ever!
Many items on the front page of the ad will sell out quickly. Do you need to wait in line all night, camped out to save $100? Can you shave that off the cost of all the gifts combined and shop smarter and with less stress? I think so.

With everyone vying for your hard earned dollars this holiday season, shop smart and shop with a plan. Avoid the 5 gimmick items above and you'll be on your way!

Lynette Rice is author of CleverlySimple.com and BuehlersDeals.com. She doesn't think saving money has to be complicated and shares her tips to help others keep it simple as they cleverly save. A stay-at-home mom to two growing boys, she uses her spare time to teach Savings Nation workshops to teach others how to save up to 50% off their grocery bill.

(Source: Savings.com)

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