Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for family and friends to gather over good food and conversation, to express thanks for all of life’s many blessings, to make new memories and reminisce about the past. It’s always wonderful to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or cheer on your favorite football team, and, of course, indulge in a much-needed, post-feast nap. It only seems fitting, then, that this most sentimental of days would be followed by waking up at absurd hours to stand in line so that you can wrestle another frazzled lady for the last pair of 50% off leather boots. That’s right. I’m talking about the showdown of shoppers, the ransack of retailers, the most sacred of sales: Black Friday.
It can be easy to get overwhelmed on Black Friday. People are running around, clothes are flying off the shelves, and it’s so loud you can hardly hear your own thoughts. That’s why it’s helpful to go in with a game plan. Here is a list of the hottest places to shop on Black Friday and some useful tips to help you navigate the sea of shoppers.
Target is not a place for the faint of heart. By far it’s one of the most popular Black Friday destinations! Target has amazing deals on almost everything. I’m talking $2.00 movies and 40% off apparel and accessories. You can even get free Target gift cards with certain purchases. My advice is to grab and go. Don’t waste time in the dressing room, because their cardigans and infinity scarves go fast. Besides, you can always return or exchange items later. Doors open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) so if you want to take advantage of their doorbusters, you better get there early.
Best Buy is the go-to place for all things electronic. You can save hundreds on digital cameras, televisions, iPads, and more. You’ll also find great deals on video games, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, all perfect stocking stuffers for anyone on your list. Black Friday is a great time to invest in that new piece of technology you’ve been eyeing, just make sure you do your research and know what you want before you go. That way, employees will be able to help you faster and you’ll save a lot of time and energy. There are also great online deals you can shop from the comfort of your own home. However, if you decide to go out, be aware that doors open at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day but close at 1am on Friday. The store will reopen at 8 in the morning on Friday, but if you wait until then you may miss out on some of the doorbuster deals.
Kohl’s always has amazing discounts, so expect even more savings on Black Friday. Enjoy 40%-70% off kitchenware, 60%-75% off select luggage sets, and around 60% off boots, sleepwear, handbags, and apparel. Plus, for every $50 you spend you’ll receive $15 in Kohl’s cash that you can spend between Nov. 30-Dec. 6. Overall, you are getting great deals and rewards for quality products. Stores open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day, but if you just can’t wait until then, you can shop Black Friday deals online starting Nov. 23. This is definitely a great one-stop shop for gifts for friends and family (okay, and yourself).
No department store can beat Macy’s when it comes to holiday spirit. After all, they have their own parade to kick off the season. So it figures that they would also have some stellar saving opportunities on Black Friday. Stores will be open 6pm Thanksgiving Day-1am on Friday, and then will be open from 8am on Friday to 1pm on Saturday. In short, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop by in person. But the best part is you can shop online web busters early! Starting Nov. 25 and ending Nov. 28, enjoy huge markdowns on practically everything (clothing, handbags, cosmetics) and avoid the long lines and craziness.
Of course, there are countless places to shop and save on Black Friday. Stores like J. Crew, Sephora, Gap, and even Groupon are sure to have extra savings and one-day specials to help you finish off those gift lists and restock your wardrobe with winter essentials. Black Friday can actually be fun if you remember to be safe, spend time with friends and family, and fill up on coffee! Enjoy the madness and don’t stress if you can’t find what you’re looking for. After all, this season is about more than finding the perfect pair of socks.
Have a great Black Friday and let us know what deals you know about!