Does Black Friday really keep consumers out of the red?

Happy Thanksgiving, HelloWallet readers! And happy Black Friday, if that’s your thing. This week kicks off a season of frenzied holiday spending for many Americans. Of course, there are deals to be had the Friday after Thanksgiving—but for some of us it can be just about as stressful, if not more so, than a high credit card bill. Fortunately, retailers this year are moving things up, and online.

Have you ever gotten great deals on this day of days? And if so, was it worth getting up at 4 am and braving the crushing, sometimes dangerous, crowds?

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