The biggest shopping day of the year is only a week away. In the internet age, is going out early for Black Friday even worth it?

Waiting in lines for door-buster deals has become a tradition, but more and more Black Friday steals are available online before the actual day. Jim Winsett with the Better Business Bureau says that’s changing the trends.

"It has reduced that number some just because of the convenience and the availability of shopping online,” he said.

If you're a traditionalist, there are still deals worth the wait, especially if you're trying to grab the hottest tech.

"Do your research so you know what item is rated best from consumer affairs and try to focus in on those items,” Winsett said. "In the electronic area you're always going to have the TV’s. The smart TV’s seem to be one of the most competitive items there in the marketplace."

He recommends researching the products you want before you shop. Watch out for retailers boosting prices ahead of Black Friday.

"What can happen is the usual retail price may have been inflated and that comes down to what we refer to as the truth in advertising,” Winsett said.

Even if you skip Black Friday, Winsett says savings on Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner.