11/12/2012 09:09 am ET

Extreme Black Friday Shoppers Score $10,000 Worth Of Gifts For Only $2,000

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Big-time deal hunters know that the secret to finding the deepest discounts on Black Friday is to start early.

That's why last year, Joni Crothers and 16 of her friends and family, dubbed her "coupon-tourage," assembled at her Ohio home at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. But the real planning began months before, when they first met in July to discuss strategy.

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