@AliJ, people who know about forums like this are shoppers. We do not let the calendar impact our pursuit of a good deal.
I take notes all year on my family's needs and wants. I research all the items to find the best values and register my desires with deal sites like gottadeal.com. As BF approaches, I watch for best prices on the listed items and purchase these 1) when the advertised price is lower than my expected price, or 2) when the return for any reason date is later than BF. Usually, I am done most of my shopping BEFORE Black Friday. From BF to CM, I am busy with price adjustments (return/rebuy, price match, etc.), and from Green Monday on, I am just looking for 'purchases of opportunity'.
You are only being suckered if you are paying more than you want or buying things you do not want.