BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After the turkey and stuffing, Maryland will get ready to shop.  But how do you make the most of the Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals?  Adam May has some important holiday shopping advice.

Stores are stocking the shelves and many shoppers will get a jump start on Thursday.  They’ll probably also come back for Black Friday, when 138 million Americans will hit the stores.  That’s up three percent from last year.

“My advice to shoppers is to come prepared,” said Lisa Bisenius, the manager of White Marsh Mall.

Bisenius recommends mapping out your plans and taking advantage of early hours.

“We’re opening the doors at midnight Black Friday.  We do have four stores opening at midnight, then 13 additional stores open sometime between then and when the mall opens at 6 a.m.,” she said.

Of course, not everybody wants to deal with crowds at the mall Black Friday weekend, so online retailers are also expecting a recordbreaking year.

“I will not come out on Black Friday.  I’m more of a Cyber Monday type,” said Jamie Elwood.

Online shoppers have already spent $9 billion since November 1, a 13% increase over last year.

Whether online or in person, sales will be abundant as retailers bank on shoppers to fill Santa’s sleigh.


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