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Tips from the pros: Black Friday

The National Retail Federation estimates that about 135.8 million consumers will be shopping during the four-day weekend, compared with 133.7 million last year.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KMART - Kmart customers in Chicago are first to shop holiday doorbuster deals on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Kmart opened at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering more than 1,000 doorbuster deals with the hottest and exclusive toys of the season including Star Wars, Marvel’s Avengers, Barbie and Hasbro. Savings continue through 10 p.m. local time on Black Friday, Nov. 27. (Jean-Marc Giboux/ AP Images for Kmart)

Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now that day has taken a backseat to Thanksgiving Day. Still, retailers have settled into times that don’t interfere with the turkey feast.