If you are a brave soul, you probably love the day after Thanksgiving shopping excursions that thousands of Americans participate in each year. There is no question that there are fantastic deals to be had in shopping malls and online, but do you know where to look?Historically, shoppers have camped out in front of stores before the sun even comes up in anticipation of the huge savings they can get once inside their favorite store. It is not uncommon for people to bring chairs and even tents to wait for those doors to open so that they can rush inside to start their Christmas shopping.However, just because it is the day after Thanksgiving shopping event does not necessarily mean you will get the best deals on that day. Stores will be running promotions like crazy leading up to these events, so it pays to do some serious research before heading out for your shopping trip. Collect sales circulars well beforehand and make a plan on exactly where you will go, in what order, and what you will buy. Try to stick to your plan!Another great option that many shoppers are starting to take is online shopping. You can find just about anything online these days. From massage chairs to baby toys, you can take your time finding the best deals without getting involved in the mad rush of the mall shopping experience. Plus, many online retailers offer great promotions and even free shipping.No matter which route you choose to take, planning is vital. The day after Thanksgiving shopping trip can save you a ton of money, but if you fail to plan you might end up losing money instead of saving it.