Black Friday deals: St. Pete family is first in nation to start camping at Best Buy

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The Davenport family is the first in the nation to begin camping outside of Best Buy in preparation of Black Friday.

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Forget just being first in line. These folks are the first in the nation to start camping out at a Best Buy store in search of Black Friday deals.

The Davenport family pitched a pair of tents Wednesday at 10 a.m. in front of the Best Buy at Tyrone Square in St. Pete to snag deals that were still nine days away.

UPDATE: Black Friday First Family says "We just wanted to be first"

That made them the first people to start camping out at a Best Buy store anywhere in the country. To put that in perspective: there are more than 1,000 Best Buy stores in the United States.

So the manager of the Tyrone Square Best Buy joined the Davenports on Friday, November 19 -- a week before the big deal day -- to present them with an award.

They've been recognized as the "First Family of Black Friday" and get a special gift: brand new iPads.

Photos: Family is first in the nation to camp out ahead of Black Friday

How do they do it? They have 10 family members taking turns.

Why do they do it?

"We're here really early this year because we've always been second, third and fourth and down the line," Lorie Davenport said.

"We're tired of not being first and we figured we've put in six years, we want to be first."

The Davenports have been camping out for Black Friday deals for six straight years. Last year, they saved $1,000 on a TV. This year's targets are another TV, plus some laptops.

We've been collecting the best Black Friday tips, deals, and ads at wtsp.com. Here are a few highlights from the big day-after-Thanksgiving ad fliers that have "leaked" online: 

Target Black Friday ad - $3 Appliances (Toaster, Hand Mixer, Sandwich Maker) 

Walmart Black Friday ad - $198 eMachines Laptop 

Kmart Black Friday ad - $140 Android Tablet Computer

Don't forget to check store hours before you head out on your Black Friday shopping adventure. Many stores are trying out new hours this year. For example, Walmart stores will open at midnight, while Best Buy stores plan to open at 5 a.m.

You can also check out these links for online deals:

Oh... and if you still love getting up in the wee hours of the morning for the official Black Friday sales, here are some more places you can check online for deals:

Black Friday Ads:

You can find more deals and ways to survive the holidays on MomsLikeMe.com.

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