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updated 11/21/2012 4:46:22 PM ET 2012-11-21T21:46:22

Planning for this week's Black Friday holiday shopping can be a daunting endeavor.

Start with your list, do your research and take advantage of  mobile apps  that can help you find the best deals, whether you're shopping in your pajamas from home or are fighting the crowds on Thanksgiving evening — hours before the traditional midnight store openings in past years.

Today's handy guide to holiday shopping from  Green Dot, a prepaid debit card provider, includes one surprising tactic that many may have forgotten in the avalanche of tech-based helpers — the art of haggling.

According to Consumer Reports, shoppers saved an average of $82 on holiday purchases by asking for a lower price in stores. Best Buy, Sears and hhgregg were named as several of the most flexible stores. What have you got to lose?

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