10 Smarter Ways to Spend Your Time on Black Friday

Forget the mall. Save money -- and your sanity -- this Thanksgiving weekend with our money-minded alternatives to shopping frenzy.

Editor's Note: This is an updated version of a story written by Starting Out columnist Erin Burt in 2008. The advice is as good now as it ever was. See if you agree.

There's more than one way to save money the day after Thanksgiving. You're certainly welcome to drag yourself out of bed at 4 a.m. to endure frozen toes, long lines and hand-to-hand combat.

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Erin Burt
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger.com