Anyone who watched G.I. Joe as a kid can tell you, “knowing is half the battle.” When it comes to Black Friday, knowing which sales to target and what time to be there is also half the battle. The other half consists of wading through seas of surly shoppers to pick out doorbusters before they disappear.
Each year opening times get earlier and earlier, and this year is no exception. Many stores will be opening the doors on Thanksgiving night for the first time ever. If you’re going to brave the crowds and cold, here are opening times and special offers for 46 popular stores. Some store locations don’t participate, and plans can change at the last minute, so be sure to double check before you venture out.
Ace Hardware - Opening Time Varies
Ace shoppers should make sure they pick up the store’s Black Friday print ad. It contains a coupon for 20% off all regular-priced items until 10 a.m. on Nov. 23. Ace Hardware franchises are independently owned, so check with local stores for opening times.
A.C. Moore - 5:00 a.m Friday
Be one of the first 100 in the store and receive a free $5 gift card. The print ad also features a coupon for 60% off one regular-price item from 1-10 p.m. or 40% off the total purchase price from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aeropostale - Opening Time Varies
Most Aeropostale stores are located in malls, making an exact opening impossible to pinpoint. Just about everything in their stores is 60% off, and they’ll be giving away free headphones to customers spending $100 or more while supplies last.
Babies R Us - ???
Babies R Us and Toys R Us often operate on the same schedule, so while there’s no official word, it’s likely the hours will be the same for both stores.
Bass Pro Shops - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Deals at Bass Pro begin on Nov. 21, but the biggest savings will be found in their 6-hour Sale from 5-11 a.m. on Friday. Everything from fleece to fishing equipment is marked down.
Bealls - Midnight Thanksgiving
The first 100 Bealls Black Friday shoppers will receive a scratch-off card where they can win a 16GB WiFi tablet, $100 gift card or $5 in Bealls Bucks.
Belk - Midnight Thanksgiving
In their earliest opening ever, Belk will welcome customers starting at midnight. Track down their print ad to get a coupon for 20% off regular and sale purchases until 1 p.m. Friday.
Best Buy - Midnight Thanksgiving
While the doors won’t open until 12 a.m., Best Buy staff will be handing out tickets for doorbuster items two hours in advance. Discounted products include the usual assortment of electronics, including a 40” Toshiba LCD TV for $179.
BJ’s - 7:00 a.m. Friday
BJ’s Black Friday Weekend Extravaganza boasts over $1,350 in savings through sales and rebates. Club members will have access to additional offers, totaling more than $8,100 in savings.
Cabela’s - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Get in line for doorbuster deals at Cabela’s that include over $6,400 in prizes. The first 600 in line will be eligible to receive free gifts such as a Browning rifle, an electric smoker or a store gift card.
Costco - 9:00 a.m. Friday
Most offers from Costco will be valid throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, and are available to members both in-store and online. Quantities are limited, so shop early to secure the best deals.
Dell - Midnight Thanksgiving
No need to wait in the cold for these deals. Dell will be offering a new round of online “doorbusters” every three hours starting at midnight. Many orders are also eligible for free ground shipping.
Dick’s Sporting Goods - Midnight Thanksgiving
Doorbuster deals at Dick’s will be available from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m on Nov. 23. Qualifying purchases include a $20 credit for a future purchase of $100 or more. More deals will also be available online starting at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 22.
Express - Opening Time Varies
The opening time for Express probably depends on the mall it’s in. While they haven’t announced their special sales yet, they suggest following them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
Fred’s Super Dollar - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Big-ticket items available from Fred’s Super Dollar include everything from tools to electronics. Sales only last for one day, so stop in Friday to score savings.
GamesStop - ???
GameStop has not yet announced their plan for Black Friday. Be the first to know as soon as the information is available by signing up for emails here.
Gordmans - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Specials at Gordmans will only be available until 1 p.m. Friday with discounts up to 85% off. The first 300 visitors will receive a special shopping bag for a 25% discount on everything that fits inside.
Half Price Books - 7:00 a.m. Friday
The first 100 shoppers at Half Price Books receive a free tote bag and $5 gift card. A coupon is also available for 40% off the highest priced item, or $15 off purchases of $50 or more.
Harbor Freight Tools - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Harbor Freight is having a three-day sale, but bargains are first-come, first-served. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.
JCPenney - 6:00 a.m. Friday
In addition to the sales, JCPenney is trying something new. They’ll be handing out buttons starting on Black Friday. The buttons contain a code to be entered online for a chance to win prizes, trips and other gifts.
JoAnn Fabrics - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Holiday decor, flannel fabric prints and electronic cutters are just a few of the doorbusters from JoAnn.
Kmart - 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
This one’s tricky so try to keep up. Kmart will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, then again from 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 3:00 a.m. on Black Friday, and once more from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Black Friday.
Kohl’s - Midnight Thanksgiving
Over 500 items will be on sale at Kohl’s and Kohls.com, plus they’re giving away $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent through the weekend.
Lord & Taylor - 10:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
The Fifth Avenue location of Lord & Taylor in New York City will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Lowe’s - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Stores won’t open until Friday, but many deals are available online starting at midnight on Thanksgiving. Online orders over $19 include free shipping.
Macy’s - Midnight Thanksgiving
Clothes and home goods are on sale at Macy’s starting at midnight. Their Black Friday app will also provide alerts about unadvertised deals throughout the day.
Meijer - 6:00 a.m. Friday
There are a number of doorbuster deals, but the highlight is a 250 GB Playstation 3 bundle that includes the Uncharted and inFamous games for just $199.99. Many offers also include a merchandise credit good for future purchases.
Michael’s - 4:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Michael’s will open its doors from 4-11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and again at 7 a.m. on Friday. Thursday shoppers can get a coupon for 30% off their entire purchase, excluding sale items.
Modell’s Sporting Goods - Midnight Thanksgiving
Deals from Modell’s will be available in-store and online until 3 p.m. Friday. Their print ad includes coupons for 33% off regular-priced items.
Office Max - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Doors open early, and Office Max has deals on more than paper clips and rubber bands. Both computers and tablets are featured at big markdowns.
Old Navy - Midnight Thanksgiving
Old Navy will be open Thanksgiving Day, but the real deals begin at midnight. Enter to win one of 1,000 Wii U systems, or get a copy of the New Super Mario Bros. U game with a $40 purchase.
Petco - ???
When doors will open is up in the air, but the free pair of dog antlers is not. Arrive early and use a Pals card with any purchase to receive the festive pet accessory.
PetSmart - 7:00 a.m. Friday
There are too many products on sale to list here, but PetSmart boasts 50% savings on thousands of items for Black Friday only.
Radio Shack - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Get a Playstation 3 bundle which includes the console and all games from the inFamous and Uncharted collections for $219. Plus, receive $10 back for every $50 spent, and free ground shipping with orders of $50 or more.
Rite Aid - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Most Rite Aid locations will open their doors early on Friday. Some of the top savings are on Christmas decor and other holiday supplies.
Sam’s Club - 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
Last year, Sam’s Club opened at 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday but decided to buck the trend of opening even earlier this year. Coffee and pastries will be served to shoppers on Black Friday. Online shoppers will get free shipping on all items featured in the Sam’s Club Black Friday ad through midnight CST on Nov. 23.
Sears - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Sears is offering two doorbuster deals -- one at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and the second at 4 a.m. on Black Friday. The big ticket item on Thursday is a 32” HDTV for only $97, but many large appliances will be heavily discounted both days.
Shopko - 9 p.m. Thanksgiving
Over 600 doorbuster deals will be available from Shopko from 9 p.m. Thursday to 12 p.m. Friday. Many of the special offers will also be available online while inventory lasts.
Sports Authority - Midnight Thanksgiving
The first 80 people in the store are eligible to win up to $500 worth of bonus bucks. While bonus bucks can be spent on anything in the store, they can only be used on Black Friday.
Staples - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Early bird specials from Staples will only be available until noon on Friday. A number of laptop and desktop computers have been discounted by hundreds of dollars. For those ordering online, free shipping is included on all Staples.com orders through Dec. 29.
Stein Mart - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Make sure to grab one of their print ads to take advantage of the Scratch and Save promotion. Instant savings up to $100 are available.
Target - 9:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Shoppers get a free $10 gift card when they spend $50 or more on select products between 4:00 a.m. and noon on Black Friday. Doorbuster deals include a Westinghouse 50” LCD HDTV for $349.
Toys R Us - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Deals abound at Toys R Us. More than 200 items have been heavily discounted for their Black Friday sale. Plus, the first 200 shoppers per store can get a goody bag of stocking stuffers worth around $30.
Victoria’s Secret - Opening Time Varies
Depending on store location, opening times will vary. This year Victoria’s Secret will be giving away a tote bag stuffed with freebies for shoppers spending $65 or more.
Walgreens - 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Forget about shopping Friday, Walgreens is cutting right to the chase. They’ll be open until 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving with special savings storewide.
Walmart - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Walmart will offer three sets of doorbuster deals, the second of which is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will feature a “1-Hour Stock Guarantee” on three of its doorbusters. “Guarantee cards” -- which work much like a raincheck -- are available for items that sell out before 11:00 p.m.
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