Deck Your Dorm With Black Friday Specials

a stack of blue jeans at the store - students can stock up on Black Friday deals
a stack of blue jeans at the store - students can stock up on Black Friday deals

For most college students, mid-November means cramming for finals and cranking out semester-end essays. But for those money-smart students who leave the library long enough to hit the mall, Black Friday sales afford the opportunity to buy stuff you'd get anyway, only much, much cheaper.

Even though most shoppers associate November's Black Friday consumer carnival with holiday presents, students shopping for necessities can also take advantage of merchants' deep discounts, according to two experts from the online coupon community Savings.com.

"The best thing you can do for yourself is create a budget so you're not spending way, way more than you're expecting to," said Sara Dunham, who recommends students heading to stores with cash-only or with a debit card to avoid holiday credit card debt. While shopping online for sales, look up a coupon code for each online purchase -- chances are there's one out there, she said -- and use price comparison tools like Google Shopping and CamelCamelCamel.com to grab the best deal possible.