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 nab doorbusters before you get trampled.
In keeping with the trend that has developed over the last few years, many stores will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day and will remain open for nearly the entire weekend. To make your life easier, here are Black Friday opening times and special offers for 61 popular stores. Not every location participates, and offers can change at the last minute, so check with your local store if you have any questions about their promotion.
Before you head out shopping, make sure you’re prepared to save as much as possible with extra Black Friday coupons and the Coupon Sherpa app.
ACE Hardware - Opening Time Varies
Opening times vary for ACE Hardware franchises, their circular advertises a Thanksgiving 5 Day Sale starting on Wednesday, Nov. 25. ACE Rewards shoppers will receive a 50-percent off one regular-priced item coupon in their email on Nov. 24, so sign up by Nov. 20 to get this deal!
A.C. Moore - 5:00 a.m Friday
In addition to deep discounts on crafting supplies, get 50% off Crayola products as well as pine-like 18” wreaths or 9’ garland for just $1.88 each. The print ad also features a coupon for 60% off one regular-price item from noon-10 p.m. on Friday or 40% off the total regular-price purchase from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday.
Babies R Us - 8:00 a.m. Friday
Unlike Toys R Us, Babies ‘R Us is closed on Thanksgiving and opening at a pretty reasonable time on Black Friday.
Barnes & Noble - ?? Thanksgiving
While the chain bookstore hasn’t released store opening times, their ad suggests sales will start online and in-store on Thanksgiving. Savings include 50% off select titles of gift books, plus $100 off a da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer.
Bass Pro Shops - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Deals at Bass Pro begin on Nov. 27, 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 - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving
Head to Bealls’ website before you shop in-store on Thursday to get a free coupon for $10 off your $25 purchase. You can also get a coupon for 60% off your purchase between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday, or grab a coupon for 50% off your purchase between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Black Friday. Late-day shoppers can enjoy a tiered offer of up to $20 off their purchase of $100 or more.
Bed Bath & Beyond - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Customers will receive a coupon for 20% off their purchase from 6 a.m. until noon on Black Friday. The coupon is valid all day so shoppers can return to the store later on Friday for redemption.
Belk - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Like last year, Belk will welcome customers starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Stores will remain open continuously until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. The first 250 customers at each store will receive a free gift card of at least $5, with a $1,000 gift card winner guaranteed in every store. Track down their print ad to get a coupon for 15% off regular and sale purchases until 1 p.m. Friday.
Best Buy - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
While the doors open at 5 p.m., Best Buy staff will be handing out tickets for doorbuster items two hours in advance. Best Buy will remain open until 1 a.m. on Friday, and then reopen at 8:00 a.m. with more doorbuster tickets being issued an hour prior. Top deals include a Samsung 60” LED 4K ultra HD Smart TV for $799.99 and up to $100 off Apple Watch models.
Big Lots - 7:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
One of the few retailers calling their sale “Thanksgiving Day Deals,” Big Lots is offering savings through midnight and reopening at 6:00 a.m. on Black Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturday. Look for buy one, get one half-off deals on toys andlectronic accessories, plus receive a coupon for up to $40 off depending on your spending for savings between Nov. 29 and Dec. 4.
BJ's Wholesale - 7:00 a.m. Friday
BJ’s is offering 10 days of deals starting Nov. 20, with instant savings of up to $1,000 available on Black Friday. BJ’s is closed on Thanksgiving, but opens at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday and will continue to offer deals through Nov. 30.
Bon-Ton - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
The popular department store located primarily in the Midwest and Northeast will open on Thanksgiving, offering over 600 doorbusters to eager customers. The first 200 people lined up will receive a gift card with values ranging from $5 to $500. Get your hands on their Black Friday ad for a coupon for $10 off any item of $10 or more, to be used on regular or sale price item on Thursday and Friday.
Burlington Coat Factory - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Doors open at a reasonable time on Black Friday, with savings on everything from toys to apparel to luggage to gift baskets. Shop until 11 p.m. on Friday and gifts for every budget.
Cabela’s - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Cabela’s opening time, sale duration and doorbuster giveaways are similar to what the outdoor retailer has offered in the past. The first 600 in line will be eligible to receive free gifts such as rifles, binoculars, electric smokers and store gift cards. Deals are good for five hours only on Black Friday.
Costco - 9:00 a.m. Friday
Costco is sticking to its promise to remain closed on Thanksgiving. Shoppers can enjoy Instant Savings like $200 off a Dell Inspiron 15.6” Touchscreen laptop, $40 off a KitchenAid 4.5qt mixer, $50 off an Xbox One 500MB bundle and more, with savings available through Sunday.
CVS/Pharmacy - ?? Thanksgiving
Most locations of CVS/Pharmacy kick off Black Friday one day early, though opening times vary and pharmacy hours will also vary. Save on essentials like batteries and supplements, plus enjoy tons of BOGO deals on items like toys, candy and holiday lights. Pick up a copy of their Black Friday ad for a 3-day shopping pass worth 25% off.
Dell - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving ONLINE
No need to wait in the cold for these deals. Dell will be offering rotating “doorbusters” online starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and continuing through Black Friday. Deals like $149.99 for a 14” Inspiron 14 3000 laptop and $299.99 for the Xbox One Gears of War bundle are available starting Thursday, with other deals like $99.99 for an Inspiron Micro Desktop PC starting at midnight on Friday.
Dick’s Sporting Goods - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Doorbuster deals at Dick’s will be available in-store from 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day (an hour later than last year) to 2 a.m on Black Friday. Stores reopen at 5 a.m. on Friday, with doorbusters available until 2 p.m. and stores open through 10 p.m. Online shoppers can shop doorbusters all day on Thursday, Nov. 26 through 2 p.m. on Black Friday. Qualifying purchases on Thanksgiving Night and Black Friday include a $20 credit for a future purchase of $100 or more. Grab their ad to save an extra $15 on select athletic apparel and footwear purchases of $59.99 or more.
Dollar General - 7:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Notable deals from Dollar General happen on Thanksgiving Day, including a No-Contract Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz smartphone for just $1. The rest of the sale goes until Nov. 28 and features 50-percent off candles and BOGO 75-percent off toys.
DSW - ?? Friday
While opening times vary across the country, DSW will offer it’s Black Friday deal starting Thanksgiving Day. Take 30% off your purchase of two pairs of shoes, plus receive a free blanket wrap while supplies last.
Family Dollar - 7:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Most locations of Family Dollar will be open through 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Look for such deals as buy-two-get-one-free on toys and BOGO 75-percent off on holiday decor on Thursday only. Friday and Saturday see such deals as BOGO 50% off toys ($5 and up). Black Friday circular finders can also clip a coupon for an extra $5 off your $25 purchase on Thanksgiving.
Fry’s - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
The popular electronics store is making it more challenging than most to receive deep discounts on Black Friday weekend. To receive their holiday savings starting on Thanksgiving, you must sign up for their promocode emails. Stores close on Thanksgiving at 11 p.m. and reopen at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
GameStop - 5:00 a.m. Friday
GameStop was among the first retailers to eschew Thanksgiving day hours for a Black Friday opening. Most local stores will open their doors at 5:00 a.m. on Friday. Top deals include $20 off select games including The Witcher Wild Hunt and Gears of War, plus $10 off a 3-month Xbox Live subscription on Friday and Saturday only.
Gander Mtn. - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Doors open early on Thanksgiving and will remain open through midnight. Gander Mtn. will reopen at 5 a.m. on Black Friday and is also running special sales starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The first 100 people in line on Friday will be treated to their choice of free giveaways or savings of up to 50% off your purchase, plus a chance to win a $500 gift card.
Gordmans - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Gordmans will open its doors a full eleven hours earlier than last year, and will remain open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday. There will be a 20-percent off coupon to use between 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, or 15-percent off to be used on Friday between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Guitar Center - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Get tuned up for Black Friday at Guitar Center! Doors open at 6 a.m. and sales continuing through Nov. 30. Grab a copy of their Black Friday ad for 15% off non-sale items of $299 or more through Nov. 29. Many brand exceptions apply to this coupon, so read the fine print for details.
H&M - ?? Friday
Joining other retailers in this list, H&M opted out of opening its doors on Thanksgiving and instead will offer discounts on its fast-fashion merchandise beginning on Black Friday.
Half Price Books - 9:00 a.m. Friday
The first 100 shoppers at Half Price Books receive a free tote bag and $5 gift card, with one tote containing a $100 gift card. All shoppers can enjoy 20% off storewide, plus a free $5 gift card with every $25 gift card purchase in-store or online.
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. Look for savings of up to 86 percent, including a 44” 13-Drawer Roller Cabinet for $349.99 (regularly $1,029.99), and a 3-piece Decorative LED Solar Light set for $8.99 (regularly $29.99).
H-E-B - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Enjoy one-day only savings from H-E-B stores starting at 6 a.m. on Black Friday and ending at 11 p.m. that evening. Depending on your purchase amount, you will receive coupons for extra savings ($10 to $15) on purchases made Saturday and Sunday.
JCPenney - 3:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
JCPenney is opening at 3 p.m. on Thursday, two hours earlier than last year. Doorbuster pricing is valid from opening through 2:00 p.m. on Black Friday, with deals like $12.99 for an 18-pc Pyrex Glass Storage Set and $9.99 for various brands of blenders, toaster ovens, rice makers and more. While supplies last, an unknown number of Thanksgiving shoppers will receive a coupon for either $10 off $10, $100 off $100 or $500 off $500. This will also be the last year JCPenney hands out Disney Snow Globes to customers, which it will do on Friday starting at 3 p.m.
JoAnn Fabrics - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Doors open at 6 a.m. on Friday, but savings actually start three days earlier with doorbusters offered at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Up to 50% off yarn, holiday fabrics and stackable decoration discounts are just a few of the deals from JoAnn. Pick up their circular for access to a coupon for 25% off your total purchase from 6 a.m. to noon only on Black Friday, which includes sale products but excludes doorbusters.
Kmart - 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Kmart is keeping its early Thanksgiving opening time at 6 a.m., with doorbusters offered through 5 p.m. on Thursday while supplies last. Shoppers who spend $50 or more can purchase an exclusive Beauty Bag for $9.99, valued at $50. Doorbusters include home goods price between $2 and $10, as well as a 3-day sale on shoes featuring buy one, get one for $1 on select family footwear.
Kohl’s - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Kohl’s is opening on Thursday, with deals available online starting Monday, Nov. 23. Top offers include 50-percent off a host of popular toys from Playskool, Fisher-Price, Barbie and Hot Wheels; $99.99 for a 32” LED HDTV; and $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.
Lowe’s - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Stores won’t open until Friday, but many deals are available online starting on Thanksgiving. Lowe’s features deals on everything from tools to appliances to holiday decor, including $199 for a DeWalt Miter Saw (regularly $299), $399 for a Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Bagless Vacuum (regularly $599) and 25% off 5’ to 6’ fresh-cut Christmas trees.
Macy’s - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Gone are the days when the only thing Macy’s did on Thanksgiving was host that little parade in NYC. For the third year, the popular department store will kick of “Black Friday” on Thanksgiving, opening its doors at 6 p.m. Clothes and home goods are on sale at Macy’s starting at 6 p.m., and their circular offers extra coupons for $10 or $25 off your purchase (doorbusters not included).
MC Sports - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
MC Sports is offering six hours of deals on Thanksgiving, including $140 off a Pelican Sunstream Kayak with Paddle and $700 off a Goalrilla 60” In Ground Basketball System. The store is also offering a coupon for $100 off winter equipment purchases of $399.99 or more, plus $50 off any cross-country ski package.
Meijer - 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
There are a number of doorbuster deals, with highlights including $90 Fitbit Activity Tracker with $10 Meijer store credit and 50% off Beats Solo 2 Headphones on Thursday; $350 off an Element 55” LED HDTV on Friday; and coupons for over $50 worth of savings for use on Saturday. 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 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 2:00 a.m. on Friday, and again at 7 a.m. on Friday. Shoppers on both Thursday and Friday can get an extra 30% off their purchase, including sale items, with coupons featured on the store’s Black Friday ad.
Modell’s Sporting Goods - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Modell’s is open from 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving until close, reopening at 6 a.m. on Friday with deals good through 2 p.m. that day. Look for deep discounts on Champion and Adidas products.
New York & Company - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Opening times vary by store, but New York & Company will be offering huge deals all of Thanksgiving week. Fashionistas can started on Wednesday, Nov. 25, when the first 100 customers receive a Mystery Card with savings of up to $100. On Thanksgiving Day, the first 100 customers will receive a free watch with any purchase, plus savings of up to 60% off through midnight. On Friday, the first 100 customers receive a free pair of sunglasses with purchase, plus such doorbusters as a faux-fur trimmed puffer jacket for $39.99.
Office Depot - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Though brick-and-mortar locations will be open for three hours Thursday evening, deals will be available online all day Thanksgiving Day. Save $150 on the Dell Inspiron 15” Laptop or take up 70-percent off tablets from Toshiba and Android tablets.
Old Navy - 4:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Most locations of Old Navy will open on Thanksgiving at 4:00 p.m., and stay open continuously through Black Friday. The first 100 shoppers at every store can enter to win $1 million, and everyone will enjoy 50% off everything on both Thursday and Friday. Online shoppers can find digital doorbusters starting at 9 p.m. PT on Wednesday with savings up to 60% off, plus 40% off everything else.
Petco - ?? Friday
When doors will open on Friday is still up in the air, but the free headpiece for your pet is not. Arrive early and use a Pals card with any purchase to receive a Max antler for dogs or Grinch headpiece for cats.
PetSmart - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Though doors open on Black Friday, PetSmart’s deals will be available online starting at 7:00 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving with free shipping on all orders. In addition to 50% savings on hundreds of products, you can also take 50% off Doggie Day Camp services so you can shop while your pooch plays. The first 100 customers receive a free paw print ornament and movie rental.
Radio Shack - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Most stores will open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but Radio Shack’s Black Friday Sale officially starts Wednesday, Nov. 25. Deals include a 7” Amazon Fire Tablet Bundle for $54.99, a free Hovermaxx UFO toy with $50 purchase, and various remote-control toy sales.
REI - CLOSED Thursday and Friday
In October, REI broke the Internet when it announced a first-ever store closure on Black Friday. As the only national retailer to remain closed during a peak shopping day, REI hopes to get people out of the stores and into the outdoors with its #OptOutside campaign.
Rite Aid - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Most Rite Aid locations will open their doors by 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Some of the top savings buy-two-get-one-free deals on holiday wrapping, boxed chocolates and hosiery.
Sam’s Club - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Like last year, Sam’s Club will open at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday, though shoppers can find exclusive online-only deals beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Top deals include a Vizio 55” Class Smart TV for $448 and $150 off iPad Air 2 tablets.
Sears - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Sears is opening on Thanksgiving and will remain open through 1 p.m. on Black Friday. The sale features three events: the first offering deals from 6 p.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Friday; the second offering deals from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday; and the third offering deals Thursday through Saturday. Top offers include a Craftsman 230-pc mechanic’s tool set for $89.99 and a Kenmore Elite French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator for $949.99, both of which increase in price after 1 p.m. on Friday.
Shopko - 4:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Over 850 doorbuster deals will be available from Shopko from 4 p.m. Thursday to 12 p.m. Friday, with deals like BOGO half-off board games, $3.99 fleece throws and assorted DVDs for $6.99. Shoppers can get a headstart on the deals by shopping online Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Sierra Trading Post - 6:00 a.m. Friday
The first 100 guests through the doors on Black Friday will receive a free gift card valued at $25 to $500. The first 300 guests will also receive a free tote bag. Find savings on outdoor gear and clothing, including BOGO 50-percent off socks, hats and gloves.
Sports Authority - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Sports Authority will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, closing at midnight and opening again at 6 a.m. on Black Friday (and closing at 10 p.m.). The first 80 people in line on Thursday will receive a $15 Sports Authority Cash Card which must be redeemed in-store on the “same date of issue.” Shoppers with access to Sports Authority’s Black Friday ad will find other Cash Card offers for general use and savings on Columbia and The North Face purchases.
Sportsman’s Warehouse - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Sportsman’s Warehouse will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, with doorbusters lasting until 10 a.m. The hottest deals include Rustic Ridge waders for $89.99 (regularly $179.99) and Ledge Gulch hydration packs for $9.99 (reg. $29.99).
Staples - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Stepping away from its Thanksgiving opening in prior years, Staples declared its commitment to associates and customers by opening at 6 a.m. on Black Friday this year. However, deals from the nation’s largest office-supply chain will still be available on Thanksgiving: shoppers who visit the store’s website the day before Black Friday will find special promotions.
Stein Mart - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Stein Mart is opening for five hours on Thanksgiving, closing at 10:00 p.m. and reopening on Black Friday at 7:00 a.m. Be sure to pick up one of their Black Friday flyers for a Scratch & Savings discount of up to $100 off.
Target - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Target is sticking with its 6 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving and will have special offers throughout the weekend. Doorbuster deals are available in every department, but electronics deals are especially sweet: shoppers can get the Westinghouse 55” 1080p LED HDTV for $249.99, plus the XBox One 500GB Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundle and a bonus $60 gift card for $299.99. On Friday only, when you spend $75 or more, you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off a purchase between Dec. 4 and Dec. 13.
Toys ‘R Us - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Toys ‘R Us has over 200 doorbusters including deals available only between 5:00 p.m. and midnight on Thanksgiving. “Bonus” doorbusters will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday through close-of-business Saturday. Top deals include BOGO 80-percent off Skylander SuperChargers single figures and vehicles, 12-volt Black or Barbie Cadillac Escalade cars for $299.99 (reg. $449.99), and the Polaroid 7” Quad Core Tablet for $29.99 (reg. $59.99).
Ulta - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
The beauty retailer is opening two hours earlier than last year, revealing deals on their website starting Nov. 22. According to Ulta’s teaser ad, shoppers can get $10 BareMinerals kits, $7.99 Shaper Hairsprays (reg. $18.95) and select Philosophy-brand bath products for $12.
Walgreens - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Forget about shopping Friday, Walgreens is cutting right to the chase. They’ll be open until 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving with special savings storewide. Get BOGO free on select varieties of Godiva Chocolates Gift Box; 50-percent off kids’ toys including My Little Pony; and 50% off fragrance sets from Vera Wang, Calvin Klein and more.
Walmart - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Walmart is doing away with doorbusters this year, instead offering deep discounts on popular products to both in-store and online shoppers. While doors open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, online shoppers can purchase deals starting at 12:01 a.m. PT that day. Walmart is still offering its popular one-hour in-stock guarantee for shoppers lined up between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the following products: iPad Air 2, Xbox One, 55-inch LG TV, Beats headphones and an HP Touch laptop.