Do you still feel like Black Friday is a great day to hit the stores for shopping deals? I will admit that last year, 2018, was the first time I had ever done some Black Friday shopping. Yep, you read that right. I was surprised to find that around 52% of Americans say that Black Friday no longer has the best deals of the year. The folks over at WalletHub decided to take a deeper look at this year's best things to buy on Black Friday. They determined that 18 percent of items offer no savings compared with their pre-Black Friday prices.

So, should you still go shopping on Black Friday? WalletHub compared the “Pre-Black Friday Price” against the actual Black Friday price of a selection of items. They identified the offers that are truly worth the hassle of partaking in the year’s biggest shopping craze. I then further narrowed down that list to show just the national chain stores in Amarillo that will be offering the biggest deals this year:

What about just waiting until Cyber Monday to see about snagging deals without even leaving the house? There are some stores that offer better deals than even what you will find online at retailers such as Amazon. Big Lots tops the lists of the most items on sale that beat out Amazon. The top 5 national stores in Amarillo are Big Lots, Harbor Freight, True Value, Office Depot Office Max, and Stage / Beall's.

Before you make your shopping plans this year, do you research and see where you will be able to catch the best deals and the time window they will be offered. Also, contact your favorite locally-owned Amarillo stores. Many of them will be offering specials throughout the holiday season, and of course, it is always great to support local businesses.