If you want the best Black Friday deals, you'll barely have enough time to gobble down your turkey; forget about your pumpkin pie. Stores are opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving to grab Black Friday shoppers.
Toys 'R Us, Walmart, K-Mart and Sears open their doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target opens at 9 p.m. Many others open at midnight or very early Friday morning. Several stores are offering waves of doorbusters.
Many also are advertising online deals, which include free shipping, and Black Friday prices all day Thanksgiving. The early start to Black Friday has even prompted some opponents to start petitions against the practice.
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Also, don't miss Patch's list of list of all the video game deals for this Black Friday. Please note that some of the games are digital downloads or online only deals, which will be marked below. These are all confirmed deals for this Black Friday 2012.
Here's everything you need to know about Black Friday. Read on for more specific deal information. Enjoy!
*PLEASE REMEMBER: All deals are subject to change. As always, check with merchants to verify details.
Opening times for popular Black Friday destinations:K-Mart, 8 p.m. Thursday
Target, 9 p.m. ThursdaySears, 8 p.m. Thursday Best Buy, midnight Friday
Toys 'R Us, 8 p.m. Thursday Kohl's, midnight Friday
Walmart, 8 p.m. Thursday
Black Friday deals
TARGET: 9 p.m. Thursday: 130 State Route 10, East Hanover
Why go: Free Target gift card with purchase of iPod Touch for $195
Sweetest deal: 50-inch Westinghouse HDTV for $349 (while supplies last)
Deals: $199.99 XBox 360 Kinect; PS3 with two games and wireless controller, $199.99; Nook Simple Touch for $49; Brave and Madagascar 3 DVDs, $10; $99.99 for Nikon L310 Digital Camera; iPad with retina display for $499.99 and receive a $60 Target card with purchase; iPod Nano for $149 plus $20 Target gift card; RCA dual portable DVD players, $59; Gateway laptop, $349; NHL 54-inch air-powered hockey table, $55
Additional tips: Find Black Friday deals online on Thanksgiving
BEST BUY: midnight Friday (stores will hand out tickets two hours prior to opening; last year there was a screening of a movie, so you never know what they might do this year): 410 State Route 10, East Hanover
Why go: Free Droid Razr, great prices on televisions and gaming consoles, and you can’t forget about the free gift cards with purchases
Sweetest deal(s): iPod Touch 5 for $294.99 plus a $50 gift card; $100 iTunes card for $80
Deals: $8.99 for selected DVDs including The Hunger Games, Breaking Bad andThe Big Bang Theory; $39.99 for a Toshiba Smart Wi-Fi Blu-ray player; free Verizon Droid Razr Maxx 4G LTE with two-year activation; $179 Toshiba 40-inch HDTV; Samsung laptop, $349.95; Nabi 2 tablet, $169; Sony PlayStation 3, Famous Collection Limited Edition Bundle, $199.99; Epic Mickey 2, $29.99; $294.99 for iPod Touch fifth-generation, get a free $50 Best Buy gift card with purchase; $149.99 Nintendo 3 DS Flame Red; Microsoft Xbox Holiday Bundle, $199.99; iPad Nano, $149.99 and get a free $20 gift card with purchase; Kindle Fire HD 16GB tablet, $199.99
Additional tips: Online-only deals include price match guarantee; extended holiday returns; 30 days unlimited phone support
TOYS 'R US: 8 p.m. Thursday: 599 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston
Why go: They call this their “lowest prices ever" sale and flaunt more than 200 doorbuster deals
Sweetest deal(s): Purchase the iPod Touch for $199.99 and get a $20 Toys 'R Us gift card and $30 iTunes multipack
Deals: Save $150 on the Power Wheels Barbie or Silver Cadillac Escalade, on sale for $269.99; Rock Star Mickey on sale for $19.99; Dora’s Kitchen set is $49; buy one, get one free on all batteries; Samsung Galaxy 2 Tablet, $299; Leap Frog Tag Reading System, $19.99; receive a $15 iTunes gift card when you buy a $50 iTunes gift card; DS, PS3 and Wii Games are buy one, get another for $1
WALMART: Three sale events: first at 8 p.m. Thursday, second at 10 p.m. Thursday, third at 5 a.m. Friday: 900 Springfield Road, Union
Why go: Family specials on toys and games at 8 p.m., marked down electronics and gadgets at 10 p.m. and deals on everything else all day Friday
Sweetest deal(s): Nook Color for $99; $75 gift card when you purchase the iPad 2 for $399
Deals by event:
- 8 p.m.: Xbox 360 with Skylander’s Bundle for $149; Wii console $89; Sony PS3 with Infamous and Uncharted Bundle, $199; Nintendo DSi XL console, $99.96; Xbox Live three-month Gold Card for $11.96; Epic Mickey 2, $24.96; DVD and Blu-ray movies from $1.96 to $8.96; Cinderella Styling Throne, $30; Barbie Jeep, $89; Hot Wheels Loop and Stunt, $25; NABI Kid’s Tablet, $129; Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'N' Serve Kitchen, $50
- 10 p.m.: One-hour in-stock guarantee on iPad 2 for $399, plus a bonus $75 gift card; in-stock guarantee on Emerson 32-inch HDTV for $148; in-stock guarantee on an LG Blu-ray player for $38; other deals include the Garmin touchscreen GPS for $69, dual screen DVD by Sylvania for $49, iPod fourth-generation for $195 and Nikon S3200 16-megapixel camera for $69
Additional tips: Some deals are only available during specified times, so plan accordingly. Visit Walmart online and print out a map of your local store labeled with locations of Black Friday specials. And remember, Walmart will match any price you find over Thanksgiving weekend.
- Shop online on Thanksgiving. Walmart will have special deals for online shoppers, including the Xbox 360 plus Dance Bundle for $229 and the Apple iPod Touch with bonus accessories for $179
SEARS: 8 p.m. Thursday, open all night: South Orange Avenue, Livingston Mall
Why go: 1,000-plus door busters, including great prices on televisions
Sweetest deals: 32-inch HDTV for $97 (unknown brand) and ProScan DVD player, $9.99
- 8 p.m.: $19.99 Nordic Track coats for men/women; 60 percent off handbags and slippers; 60 percent off kids' clothes, coats and pajamas; 60 percent off all fine jewelry; $219.99 for Xbox 360 4 GB console with Kinect; buy an Xbox 360 and save 50 percent on select games, including Epic Mickey 2 and Assassins Creed III; $99 for Wii Console; $169.99 Nintendo DS bundle flame red 3DS with Super Mario 3D Land and members get $20 points with purchase; Nook simple touch, $39.99
- 4 a.m.: $29.99 Craftsman 18-volt drill/driver; Samsung 60-inch slim LED HDTV, $1299.99; 51-inch Samsung plasma HDTV, $579.99; $129.99 Panasonic DVD home theater, members get $15 back in points; 30 percent off all Kenmore Elite appliances; "lowest prices ever" on various Craftsman tools; all bikes and scooters on sale—Disney Princess or Cars 10-inch bikes only $24.99; new Razor scooter with seat, $179.99
Additional tips: Clip a Black Friday ad coupon for $10 off a $40 or more purchase or $15 in points
KMART: 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursday door busters: 235 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
Why go: Deals on everything from footwear to bicycles to electronics—don’t forget Kmart has layaway
Sweetest deal(s): LG 50-inch plasma HDTV for $549.99
- 8 p.m.: $88 for 24-inch LED TV; all footwear is buy one, get one free; $184.99 for 12-foot trampoline and enclosure; $69.99 boys' or girls' electric scooter; up to 80 percent off all fine jewelry
- 3 a.m.: Single Shot Arcade basketball, $39.99; Huffy 26-inch mountain bikes, $68.88; Nintendo DSi, $79.99 for Shop Your Way members, $94.99 for all others; $129.99 Wii console, Shop Your Way members get a $30 coupon; select DSi and Wii games on sale for $14.99; GE G100 long-zoom digital camera, $119; $299.99 for an HP Pavilion Notebook
Additional tips: Don’t forget about Kmart’s layaway—put a little down on Friday and pay it off later. Members get a $5 Kmart award card when they spend $50 or more.
MACY’S: midnight on Friday: South Orange Avenue, Livingston Mall
Why go: Snag free headphones with a $75 fragrance purchase, including Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber Girlfriend
Deals: Black & Decker rice cooker, Bella 12-cup coffee maker or griddle for $9.99; 60 percent off Christmas china and holiday dinnerware and linens
Additional tips: Make sure to clip your $10 coupon on their Black Friday ad to receive $10 off of your $25 purchase; use your Macy’s card or Savings Pass to get an extra 10 or 15 percent off
OLD NAVY: "Cheermageddon" hits at midnight on Thanksgiving and lasts until 4 a.m. South Orange Avenue, Livingston Mall
Why go: If you get to Old Navy early enough and spend $40, you will receive a Super Mario Wii U game and also have a chance to win one of 1,000 Wii U consoles given away on Black Friday
Deals: "Adoraboots" for kids and adults, $12; half-zip fleece jackets for $5; from 4 to 8 a.m. coats for kids are $15 and coats for adults are $19; Disney Pixar DVD and tee for $15; on Saturday, graphic tees for the family are $5 and everyone can get a pair of jingle jammies for $8.
Additional tips: Check the Old Navy Black Friday ad and clip your $10 coupon to use when you spend $50
KOHL’S: opens at midnight Friday: 1711 State Route 10 East, Morris Plains
Why go: All shoppers receive $15 of Kohl's cash for every $50 spent; more than 500 early bird specials, including 50 percent off children's games
Deals: $9.99 for a Crockpot 4-quart slow cooker or Black & Decker blender; Keurig special edition brewer on sale for $149.99; Polaroid 8-inch internet tablet for $159.99; Vivitar Vivicam, $49.99; Discovery Kids digital camera for $19.99 and various Babycakes treat makers for $14.99
Additional tips: If you are Kohl’s card holder, look for your very special extra savings coupons in the mail.
Braving the busiest shopping day of the year
- Check out all the circulars and ads. Many have coupons or savings passes to clip.
- Go online and visit the stores’ websites for invaluable information.
- Check out Black Friday websites, many which include comparison charts, sale schedules and valuable tips.
- Blackfriday.com and BFads.net and theblackfriday.com have all the ads available in one place with timely updates.
- Shop Local allows you to plug in your ZIP code for specific local offers.
- Offers.com offers great advice on saving money with their Black Friday Savings Center. Check here for the most up to date store opening/closing information.
- Mobile apps can also keep you on your toes and moving when you’re out and about. Fatwallet’s mobile app can find you the best prices while you are on the go and Pricegrabber’s mobile app compares in store and online deals.
- Many stores, like Toys "R" Us and Walmart offer their own apps to help you with shopping.
- BFads.net has a phone app available this year also. If your phone helps you with other tasks, this might be the way for you to maneuver the Black Friday mania.
- One last bit of practical advice for dedicated Black Friday shoppers, we can’t state it enough: Many sales are happening late at night and into the wee hours of the morning so bring a buddy and be safe!
Happy and safe shopping to all!