It's no secret that shoppers mob the stores and bombard online retailers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday in search of the lowest prices. But the real bargain hunters don't follow the herd. From kitchenware and toys to tools and sporting goods, stores like Walmart, Toys R Us, Lowe's, and Dick's Sporting Goods -- along with online retailers like Amazon -- are doing their best to beat each other to the punch by lowering prices right now. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)
Price: $199 | Buy it from Walmart
You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving or beyond to save $80 on a Dyson multi-surface upright with easy wand and hose release. Although it has a normal asking price of $279, you can score one right now for less than $200. Shoppers in the market for a well-priced vacuum might also consider some of these top performers.
Price: $175.90 | Buy it from Walmart
If you wait until the holiday weekend, you might miss out on the chance to scoop up one of these 790cc-4 electric shavers that come with a with clean and charge station. That's because the 100 percent waterproof shaver is being sold at a discount of more than $94, down from $270.
Price: $99 | Buy it from Walmart
This 15-piece, hard-enamel cookware set, which is made from aluminum and is oven-safe up to 350 degrees, comes in your choice of three colors. No matter which color you choose, however, you'll save $31 when you buy early at Walmart. The set usually goes for $130.
Price: $398 | Buy it from Walmart
It's no secret that Black Friday is the hottest time of the year to buy good, inexpensive TVs -- and 4K models are this year's must-have items. But you can beat the crowds and have your Vizio full-array LED TV up and running in brilliant ultra-high def in time for Thanksgiving. You can also save $200, down from $598, when you buy as part of Walmart's Early Holiday Specials sale.
Price: $50 | Buy it from Toys R Us
You could wait until Black Friday to get the best deals on this year's hottest toys -- but why wait when the Toys R Us Holiday Catalog is out right now? Among the best deals is Lightning McQueen's Service Station from Disney Pixar's "Cars 3," originally priced at $70.
Price: $20 | Buy it from Toys R Us
Bring out the best in the budding baller in your life with this adjustable basketball set, which can stretch from 2.5 to 4 feet -- enough to accommodate little athletes as young as 18 months and as old as 5. On sale from $35, you can save $15 -- and you don't have to wait until Thanksgiving.
Price: $150 | Buy it from Toys R Us
A Toys R Us exclusive, this massive NERF blaster enables live video feed and gives combatants the ability to record battles as they happen. With 18 clip-fed darts, users can attack out-of-sight enemies thanks to an LCD screen. It can be yours right now for $50 off its asking price of $200.
Price: $99 | Buy it from Lowe's
Tools are always a Black Friday favorite, but you don't have to wait to make the DIYer in your life smile. Lowe's has already dropped prices on hot buys like the DeWalt 20-volt cordless, brushless drill. Compact, lightweight and equipped with an LED light, it's built for demanding jobs in tight, dark spaces. Marked down from $149, you don't have to wait to save 33 percent.
Price: $99 | Buy it from Lowe's
Marked down from $169, Lowe's is advertising this 150-psi compressor for savings of 41 percent. The heavy-duty machine is designed to start in cold weather, and since it's oil free, it's also low maintenance.
Price: $69 | Buy it from Lowe's
Marked down from $99, you can enjoy savings of 30 percent without braving Black Friday crowds when you head to Lowe's for this 39-piece multi-use rotary kit, which comes complete with a hard case. Among the many included attachments are a circular cutter and two sanding accessories.
Price: $129 | Buy it from Lowe's
This lithium-ion cordless tool kit can handle most jobs on the DIYer's home improvement list. Even better, you can get it right now for 27 percent off. It usually sells for $179. Included are a drill/driver, an LED work lamp, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, two batteries, and a charger.
Price: $15 | Buy it from Lowe's
Ideal for electricians, this lithium-ion screwdriver's lightweight design and ergonomic handle make it is easy and comfortable to use. It comes with nine 1-inch bits and includes a built-in wire stripper. Marked down from $30, you save a full 50 percent.
Price: $32 | Buy it from Dick's Sporting Goods
If you're looking to score great deals on sporting goods, but you don't want to wait until the end of the month, the Dick's Sporting Goods Black Friday Now sale is your chance. Marked down from $40, this set of 12 golf balls is currently being offered for 20 percent off.
Price: $40 | Buy it from Dick's Sporting Goods
This Field & Stream insulated women's True Pursuit outdoor jacket was $80, but Dick's isn't waiting until Thanksgiving to cut that price by a full 50 percent. Fully seam sealed, the jacket's HydroProof technology makes the rugged outerwear waterproof but breathable.
Price: $250 | Buy it from Dick's Sporting Goods
Whether you're in the market for an awesome gift or upgrading your own game room, this competition-level table comes complete with ball storage aprons and smooth, silk-screened striping. Marked down from $500, what would be a fairly major purchase can be yours for half the price.
Price: $900 | Buy it from Dick's Sporting Goods
Looking to get a jump on that New Year's resolution but you don't want to wait until Thanksgiving or Black Friday to get started? Dick's is offering savings of 50 percent on this treadmill, which features integrated cooling fans and a shock-absorbing deck. It usually sells for $1,800.
Price: $170 | Buy it from Dick's Sporting Goods
If you want to shoot some hoops without the commitment of a permanent setup, Dick's has slashed this 50-inch steel-frame setup by a full 57 percent -- it usually sells for $400. The backboard is shatterproof and can be adjusted with one hand.
Price: $700 | Buy it on Amazon
Black Friday is all about laptops -- but why wait to upgrade? Amazon is selling the Acer Nitro 5, which is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, a 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. Normally $800, you can get it right now for $100 less. Acer is well-represented on Cheapism's list of best cheap laptops.
Price: $263.55 | Buy it on Amazon
Easy to fold and equipped with all-terrain tires, a reclining padded seat, front-wheel suspension and adjustable handlebars, this Baby Jogger city stroller has earned stellar reviews -- and now, it's on sale. Normally selling for $331, you can get it right now for 20 percent less.