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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Black Friday 2015 Store Opening Times: Top Stops For Thrifty Shoppers

Trying to plan out your Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping strategies?

You'll need to know when all your favorite stores open to determine where to be and when for the biggest savings!

Here's my complete master list of store opening times on Thanksgiving evening right through to Black Friday morning, along with top doorbuster deals for each chain.  

Just click the link to the store for a full ad recap/coupon matchup as they become available!  I will also add store maps and printable coupons to this list once they are released.


Open All Day On Thanksgiving

  • Big Lots -- open literally all day, with deals running from 7am to midnight.  Highlights include the BEST prices on select DVD titles advertised anywhere, plus several great deals on Christmas trees!
  • CVS -- open more or less standard hours (although pharmacies may be closed or open limited hours.)  We have a whopping FIFTEEN freebies to grab starting Thanksgiving Day, so add them to your list for sure.
  • Dollar General -- open 7am to 7pm.  Top deals include a pre-paid smartphone for just a buck, plus FREE Purina Beggin' Strips, candles for 50 cents each, and more!
  • Family Dollar -- open 7am to 7pm on Thanksgiving 2015, with a HOT BOGO deal available on Coca-Cola 12-packs!
  • HEB -- Stores are open until 2PM only on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Starbucks -- most non-mall stores will be open at least limited hours.  Check with your favorite location for open and close times!
  • Walgreens -- also open standard hours, excepting some pharmacies.  Go by for FREE Colgate toothpaste and mouthwash, FREE Scunci hair bands, and a bunch of Buy 1 Get 2 free deals!
3PM Thanksgiving Afternoon
  • JCPenney opens.  Deals include your choice of FREE kitchen electrics, a FREE handheld vacuum, a FREE 16-piece dinnerware set, and much more!  JCPenney has also confirmed this will be the last year they are giving away the free collectible Disney snowglobes (but they won't be passed out until 3pm on Black Friday.)
4PM Thursday Afternoon
  • Michaels opens.  Note the first 21 customers through the doors will score FREE gift cards!
  • Old Navy opens.  Don't forget the first 50 people at each store can enter this year's Overnight Millionaire sweepstakes!
5PM Thursday Afternoon
  • Best Buy opens.  Deals include $1.99 DVDs, a wireless printer for $19.99, and the best price I've seen so far on the Amazon Fire tablet.  Note that some of the Best Buy doorbuster deals actually do not start until 8am Friday morning.
  • Toys R Us opens.  Highlights include FREE Trivial Pursuit and Taboo games, plus Call of Duty: Ghosts for $1 and more!  Go HERE to see the customizable store map for your favorite TRU location!
6PM Thursday Night
  • Belk opens.  The first 250 customers through the doors at every location will receive a totally free gift card, valued anywhere from $5 to $1000 (not a misprint!  Belk guarantees at least one $1000 gift card to be given away at each store.)
  • Burkes Outlet opens until 11pm.  This is a pretty short ad, but they do have the best price I saw on a drone toy of all major Black Friday competitors.
  • Five Below opens.  This is a great stop for stocking stuffers, and they also have the best price I've seen this year on selfie sticks!
  • Kohl's opens.  Because the popular Spend $50, Get $15 in Kohl's Cash promotion is returning, Kohl's actually will beat its competitors on several big ticket items (including a Westinghouse TV for under $85 after all discounts!)  Keep in mind, though, that Kohl's is the only big Black Friday player with incredibly limited register options -- so lines are bound to be long here.  GO HERE for a printable 15% off coupon!
  • Macy's opens.  My top picks here include two great deals on luggage and more than 50% off on the Dyson DC39 Ball Multifloor Pro Canister Vacuum.  We'll also have clippable coupons in the paper ad worth a combined $30 off your purchase!
  • Office Depot & Office Max open until 9pm only.  Deals include FREE McAfee security software, 16-count packs of Duracell batteries for 1 cent, and the lowest price I've seen on the Acer Chromecast.
  • Sears opens.
  • Target opens.  Target is much more competitive on pricing this year than in the past.  They have the best prices of any major chain on the iPad Mini 2, ride-on vehicles, and the Xbox One bundle.  Go HERE to print the Target Black Friday store map for your chosen location!
  • Walmart kicks off their doorbuster deals.  Walmart has the best prices of any major chain this Black Friday on the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack, Chromecast, and kids' bikes!  Go HERE to see the Walmart Black Friday store map for your preferred location!
7PM Thursday Night
  • Kmart doorbusters go live.
Black Friday 2015 Store Opening Times

4AM Friday Morning
  • AAFES stores open on base.
5AM Friday Morning
  • Bass Pro Shops open.  Their popular free photos with Santa promotion is returning, so make a note of that for your kids!
  • Gamestop opens.  If you are in the market for pre-owned consoles or games, this is definitely the place to go.  Other highlights include a sweet deal on Netflix gift cards, and a bunch of exclusive stocking stuffer ideas.
6AM Friday Morning
  • Big Lots stores re-open.
  • HEB Plus stores open.  For Texas shoppers, this chain features the LOWEST price of anywhere around on tablets!  The popular $10 to $15 catalina promo returns as well for Black Friday morning.
  • JoAnn Fabrics stores open.  Check your paper ad for a 25% off coupon, good to use until noon in stores only.
  • Staples opens.  Highlights include Kaspersky anti-virus software for a penny, the Amazon Fire stick for less than $25, and 70% off the Followes Saturn 3i 95 Laminator.
7AM Friday Morning
  • Burkes Outlet stores reopen.
  • Petco opens (may be later in some areas, so check with your local store before heading out.)  While supplies last, shoppers can score How the Grinch Stole Christmas freebies with any purchase!
  • PetSmart opens.  The first 100 customers snag FREE paw-print ornaments, plus we can save almost 50% off cat litter, and score the lowest price of the year on Friskies canned cat food.
8AM Friday Morning
9AM Friday Morning
  • Costco opens.  There are several good laptop deals available, and a sweet Dyson offer as well!
  • Half Price Books stores open.  As in years past, the first 100 customers in line when the doors open will score a free tote bag, along with a free gift card (valued anywhere from $5 to $100!)
Which stores will you be hitting up on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and in which order?  I'd love to hear your plans and shopping strategies in the comments!