Black Friday is fast approaching and if you, like so many other Americans, plan on taking advantage of the deals on deeply discounted electronics, you'll need a plan of attack.
Instead of wading through throngs of rabid Black Friday shoppers, check out our list of the five Black Friday Deals we recommend and get the jump on some post-Thanksgiving shopping.
No. 1 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (8GB) at Best Buy
Price: $179.99, original price $249.99 - save $70
If you're looking for an affordable alternative to the Apple iPad mini or the Google Nexus 7, check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 -- one of the first 7-inch tablets.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a stylish and light piece of hardware. The simple, rounded corners and brushed metal baking add to the overall aesthetic. And its light frame -- it weighs 344 grams (12.2 ounces) and is a very svelte 0.4-inches thin – makes it easy to hold in your hand.
Other notable specs include Android's Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 1GB of memory, Wi-Fi, a 4-cell lithium polymer battery, and for those of you who switched to the iPhone 5 and miss knowing your way around town, Google Maps is included.
You can find it at Best Buy.
No. 2 Samsung UN40EH5300 40-Inch LED HDTV at Amazon
Price: $597.99, original price $799.00 - save $201.01
Here's a Black Friday deal you can take advantage of before Nov. 23. Amazon has this LED-lit HDTV on sale now for $597.77 -- $200 less than what it was originally going for.
The 40-inch screen not only offers a sharp picture quality of 1080p and Clear Motion Rate or 120, but also let's you connect to the web and several content services with the Smart TV feature.
Smart TV brings the functionality of your desktop computer to your TV screen. You can easily access apps, your Facebook page, stream shows from Netflix, use Skype or surf the Web using your Samsung television.
Other features include a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, SRS TheaterSound ® HD and built in Wi-Fi.
You can find it at Amazon.
No. 3 iPad 2 16GB with Wi-FI
Price: $399 + $75 Wal-Mart gift card - save $100
The thinner, lighter version of the first iPad has had a price cut since the newer iPad 4 and iPad mini were announced. However, in addition to it being $100 cheaper, Wal-Mart is throwing in a $75 gift card along with the purchase of the iPad 2.
The latest version of iOS 6 is also compatible with this tablet, so you may have to download the OS after you've purchased the slate.
The iPad 2 + Wi-Fi has 10 hours of battery life, a back- and front-facing camera as well as the FaceTime, Apple's video chat feature.
This offer is only available in stores, and available colors may vary from location to location.
You can find it at Walmart.
No. 4 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle at Target
Price: $199.99, original price $299.99 - save $100
One of the best selling gaming consoles of the year is now on sale at Target. The Xbox 360 + Kinect has totally changed how people use gaming consoles. It's not only a platform to play games without controllers, but also consume content with Xbox Live.
Xbox Live is an online subscription for the Xbox 360 that lets you play games with friends over your TV, surf the Web using Bing, or stream movies or TV shows through Netflix.
The Xbox 360 + Kinect also offers built in Wi-Fi, wireless controllers, a Kinect sensor and the Kinect Adventures game.
You can get the Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle for $199.99 on Black Friday.
You can find it at Target.
No. 5 16GB Samsung Galaxy SIII at Best Buy
Price: sale price is $48; original price with two-year contract $199.99 - save $151.99.
The Samsung Galaxy SIII - one of the most popular smartphones of the year - is available for just $48 at Best Buy.
This 16GB GSIII is currently available at this price point on a two-year contract with Sprint.
Other carriers are offering the same phone for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
Specs for the GSIII include 4G speed, Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 4.8-inch color Super AMOLED touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera and Bluetooth compatibility.
You can find it at Best Buy.