Stores announce Black Friday hours
This year, Black Friday falls on Nov. 23. And once again, many stores are planning to open early in hopes of grabbing some consumer spending on the day known for kicking off the holiday shopping season.
A number of stores have announced what time they will be opening for Black Friday. A few years ago, most stores opened at 6 a.m. Now, some are opening at midnight or even late on Thanksgiving Day.
The following is a list of some stores that have revealed their opening times for this year:
- Walmart: 12 a.m.
- Best Buy: 12 a.m.
- Toys R Us: 9 p.m. Thursday (Thanksgiving)
- JC Penney: 4 a.m.
- Kohl's: 12 a.m.
- Macy's: 12 a.m.
- Sears: 4 a.m.
- Staples: 6 a.m.
- Walgreens: 7 a.m.
- Office Depot: 6 a.m.
- Old Navy: 12 a.m.
- Bass Pro Shops: 6 a.m.
- Radio Shack: 5:30 a.m.
- PetSmart: 7 a.m.
The times listed above are subject to change.
Homework helps shoppers save more
Even with sale ads in hand, coupons can help shoppers save even more. Sites like dealcoupon.com and offers.com promise to filter out the coupons that work so you get even more bang for your shopping buck.
If you still can't decide which store to hit when, let your phone help out. A survey says that a whopping 54 percent of in-store shoppers plan to use a smartphone to compare prices on Black Friday, with slightly less than half saying they expect the practice to help them get a better deal.
"SaleLocator" is a free app. You just type in what product or kind of item you're looking for and SaleLocator will pop up the stores closest to you with those things on sale.
It's not a new app, but you can't beat Google Shopper for comparing prices in a hurry. Just scan the bar code of any product with your phone and in a matter of minutes, Google Shopper will show you where you can find the item cheaper.