Boy have times changed. Once upon a time, you could stuff yourself with ridulous amounts of food on Thanksgiving afternoon and gleefully peruse the sales section from the day's newspaper to see where you should shop on the holy grail of shopping days, Black Friday. But those days are so long gone. In today's blistering, competitive shopping world, the sales started at the end of October. (I know I wasn't the only one scratching my head when I saw the steady stream of Sears Black Friday ads in early November.) No longer can you rely on a day after Thanksgiving strategy. Now you have to look for the deals early and continuously since they seem to change and multiply every freaking day!
I'm not complaining. Well not totally. It just feels like you have to do a lot more work to really make your holiday gift dollars go further. Am I alone in my love/hate relationship with all this work to snag a great deal? Well, if you're looking for a broad overview of this year's Black Friday sale landscape, here's a quick cheat sheet.
SALES GOING ON NOW!
Banana Republic Take 25% off your entire purchase. Use promo code BRTHANKS online. Discount taken at the register in-store. Offer good through Sunday, November 28th.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus Take 40% off your entire purchase today. Sale good online and in stores.
Bloomingdale's The Big Brown Sale is underway now through Sunday, November 28th.
Bluefly.com Today only, take an extra 10-25% off shoes.
STORES THAT ARE OPEN ON (SORRY EMPLOYEES, BUT WE WANT MORE CASH) THANKSGIVING DAY NOVEMBER 25, 2010
Sears Stores are open from 7 am to 12 noon.
Kmart Stores are open from 6 am to 9 pm.
Walmart Stores are open all day. Call your local store for regular store hours.
Toys R Us Doors open at 10 pm on Thanksgiving night.
BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL HOURS FOR NOVEMBER 26, 2010
Kohl's Doors open at 3 am. Over 400 Early Bird Specials from 3 am - 1 pm.
Target Stores open at 4 am. I want to go Target on Friday because it's tradition at this point and those dang commercials with the lady in red. So funny.
Macy's Stores open at 4 am. Check the website for a WOW! PASS worth an additional $10 off a $25 purchase from 4 am - 1 pm.
The Limited Take 40% off EVERYTHING online and in-store. Spend $75 and you'll also receive a free mini bag while supplies last.
Malls Most malls open at 5 am but check your local mall for specific hours.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone and happy holiday shopping!!!