Tips from personal finance bloggers about getting deals during sales over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Thinkstock By Cameron Huddleston, Former Online Editor November 26, 2014 Despite the fact that I've written a lot about Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals, I don't plan to join the crowds in stores on either of these days. However, I will do a little holiday shopping online because many retailers will be offering similar -- or the same -- discounts on their sites as in their stores. Whether you'll be among the masses at the mall or on your computer at home, you need to do some planning before you buy to get the best prices on the items you want (because, after all, not everything is on sale on Thanksgiving and Black Friday). To make the most of the upcoming sales, I've rounded up tips from some of our favorite personal finance bloggers. And, above all, have a Happy Thanksgiving!SEE ALSO: Best Doorbuster Deals on Thanksgiving 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for Black Friday Deals [Len Penzo dot Com] "Making online purchases during Black Friday is a great idea, especially if you don’t have a car or hate fighting crowds — but if you’re not careful, there are shopping mistakes you can make that are just as bad." Sponsored Content In-Store Shopping Tips for Conquering Black Friday [PopSugar] "To ensure that you're as prepared as you possibly can be, we've put together some in-store shopping strategies that are essential for getting the best deals." Shopping on Black Friday [Listen, Money Matters] "Find out how and when to get the best deals without being trampled to death." Advertisement Think Long Term When Shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday [Free From Broke] "You can also take advantage now and buy items for events and purposes throughout the year. That’s right, you should think long-term when you plan out your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping." 5 Saving Strategies for Cyber Monday [Mint Life] "Assuming you’ve established a budget and know what gifts you’re after, here’s what you can expect as the biggest online spending day of the year, for the 4th year running, rapidly approaches."