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Black Friday: Store Hours, Deals, and Tips

November 19th, 2012 - 9:40 AM

Black Friday is crazy! If you brave the crowds you can really get good deals! If you have recently moved to a new town and don’t know where to shop, check to see if these stores are in your town. These places are offering great deals on Black Friday! To help you navigate all the sales, we have compiled the store hours, deals, and shopping tips to give you the best Black Friday strategy around! This year, Black Friday is November 23, 2012.

Black Friday Store Opening Hours

These are the opening times we were able to find online. Remember, individual store hours may vary, so check your local ads and local stores to double check.

  • Stores opening on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day:
    • Wal-Mart is opening starting sales at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight.
    • Toys R Us is opening at 9 p.m.
  • Stores opening at Midnight on Black Friday:
    • Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Old Navy, Sports Authority, Disney Store, GameStop
  • Stores opening at 3 a.m. on Black Friday:
    • Belk
  • Stores opening at 4 a.m. on Black Friday:
    • JCPenny, Sears
  • Stores opening at 5 a.m. on Black Friday:
    • K-Mart, RadioShack (5:30 a.m.), Fred’s, Academy Sports, Burlington Coat Factory, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Michael’s
  • Stores opening at 6 a.m. on Black Friday:
    • OfficeMax, Staples, Office Depot, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Bed Bath & Beyond, Gander Mountain, JoAnn Fabrics
  • Stores opening at 7 a.m. on Black Friday:
    • Walgreens, Stein Mart

Black Friday Deals

You won’t want to miss these awesome deals from some Black Friday retailers. Be sure and check your local paper to make sure these sales apply in your area.

  • Bed Bath and Beyond is offering 20% off your entire purchase on Black Friday (excluding Dyson products).  However, their Dyson products are 25% off on Black Friday. You can get the $650 Dyson DC41 Ball Animal Complete for only $487.
  • Old Navy is offering the new Super Mario Bros. U game with $40 purchase. They also have doorbusters like $5 fleece half-zips and $15 jeans. You can outfit your family for cheap!
  • Radio Shack has a spend $50, get $10 back promotion on Black Friday. They have Otterbox phone cases 25% off. A great gift for kids would be the Sylvania 7” portable DVD player for $39.99.
  • Lowe’s has Dewalt 18-volt cordless drills for $99 (hello gift for Dad!) and 6.5’ Christmas trees with clear lights for only $48 (what a deal!).
  • Sports Authority has all the shoes you will need! Buy 1, Get 1 50% off men’s, women’s, and kid’s footwear all day on Black Friday! They area also advertising that the first 80 people at each store will win up to $500 in bonus bucks, so get in line early! Also, you can get all the kids one big gift with a trampoline for $169.99 (regularly $339.99).
  • More deals are to be released soon, so be sure and check deal sites like theblackfriday.com to stay up-to-date!

FAQ: Are there Black Friday Sales online? Many stores do offer online deals, with many being “live” online before the stores open for Black Friday. Check the advertisements on Thanksgiving to see which stores are offering online deals. Also, if there is a store you are interested in, be sure and follow their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as they may announce sales there first. However, some sales are in-store exclusives, so you will have to fight the crowds to get the great deals. Also, be sure and factor in shipping when ordering online. You may be better off to buy in person after you add in shipping.

Black Friday Tips:

  • Check and compare ads. While the turkey is cooking, compare all the ads. Be sure and note the quantity supply notes, and product specifications. Two TVs that are both selling for $350 may not be identical. You might even want to make a “cheat sheet” to help you make your selections quickly. For example, last year, my aunt wanted a vacuum on Black Friday, so she made a list of different models (in order that she wanted them) and the regular selling price so she could compare deals quickly.  Black Friday isn’t the time to linger.
  • Divide and conquer. Because of the long lines and limited quantities, you may not be able to visit multiple stores to shop. So if you want item X at Walmart, and item Y at Target, and item Z at Best Buy, it may be best to divide up the family. Send Aunt Susie to Best Buy for you, pay a teen neighbor to wait in line at Walmart (just $20 might be enough to hire him!), and go to Target yourself. This is especially helpful for stores that all open at the same time.
  • Leave the kids at home. Kids, or any family members who move slowly should not come to Black Friday.  The crowds are hectic and they move quickly.
  • Dress comfortable! If you have to wait outside, dress warm, but comfortably. Be sure and wear comfortable shoes, and tie your jacket around your waist (you will need your hands free). 
  • Don’t bring a huge purse. Your big bag will only take up extra room.  People will be bumping into you, so keep your baggage compact.  Last year, I just put my credit card, ID, and keys in my pocket and didn’t even carry a purse.
  • Pay smart! If you are making purchases, you might want to pay with a credit card that earns cash back or reward points. Why not earn while you are spending?
  • Stick to what you came for! If you came for the Brand X TV (Model 12345), but they sell out, don’t settle on a different product unless you have done your homework.  Stores have limited quantities of the big deals, but plenty of “other” stuff on hand.  Don’t be fooled into a different item just because they run out.
So get out there are get some deals! Do you have any other advice for those of us who are shopping on Black Friday? Do you know of any other great deals? Leave us a comment!