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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The race for your dollars has already started.  Macy's teased shoppers with a sale preview Monday and announced its opening at midnight.  Target is doing the same, and some Toys-R-Us locations will open at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Ad leaks have popped up on several popular sites. Fat Wallet has posted Black Friday deals by item, and at Gotta Deal you can click on the latest ads by retailer.

Experts say as far as fashion, most mall stores will have at least 30% off, but the best deals will come later in the season.  Hot toys at bargain prices will go fast, so grab those early.

Brad Wilson of Black Friday 2011 says electronics will be big again this year with the computer craze having turned to the tablet.

"We're expecting all time low prices in a variety of categories; tvs will be priced as low as they ever have, computers will be priced as low as they ever have, tablets which are the big new trend this year, those will be priced as well as they have," says Wilson.

If you're headed out to shop, here are some tips to follow:

Plan ahead–Now is the time to map out a strategy for shopping. This includes which stores you plan to go to, times, etc.

Make a list and set a budget–Write down exactly what you need to buy and the possible price. You should price check online and try to find out how much it sold for last year. Once you have your budget, don't go over it.

Review store ads–You can check out the sites above or the retailers themselves to find out when store ads have been leaked. Here's a calendar of possible leak dates.

Sign up for email alerts–Many of the sites above will send you an email or text alert when they've posted new ads.

Check for additional discounts and coupons–Double dipping is always better! A sale, plus a coupon will equate to additional savings and more dollars in your pocket. Look for printables now or things like free shipping, etc.

Ask about store policies–Nothing angers people more on Black Friday than standing in a long line, in the cold, and then being told that the item they're waiting on is out! Many stores have set policies about using lottery systems, first come first serve, plus when the doors will actually open. Take the time to find and read these.

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