Black Friday Shopping


Tax-free weekend kicks off

Courtney Zavala reporting in Southeast Houston

Three people are new owners of $1 cars on Black Friday

Customers Friday morning sat in the driver's seat of the car they wanted and waited for the manager to come by and reveal the price.

Three people are new owners of $1 cars on Black Friday

Customers Friday morning sat in the driver's seat of the car they wanted and waited for the manager to come by and reveal the price. Andy Cerota reports.

Black Friday: Frenzy or Flop?

Some shoppers were shocked to find no lines and lackluster sales. Did the rush to open stores earlier this year translate to lower turnout on Black Friday?

Black Friday: Frenzy or Flop?

Frenzy or flop? It really depends on who you ask, and since it's too early to get any sales numbers, we want to show you what it looked like when those first stores opened. Amy Davis reports.

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Black Friday shoppers hunt for deals at Target

The Black Friday shoppers started hitting the stores in droves Thanksgiving night.

Black Friday Freebies

There may not be any true door busting on Black Friday since retailers started offering some of the best deals last week, but consumer expert Amy Davis is finding the Black Friday freebies, items that won't cost you anything.

Houston stores open on Thanksgiving

Consumer Expert Amy Davis provided a list of stores in Houston that will be open on Thanksgiving.

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Cyber Monday expected to break records

Nov. 25, 2012: Irika Sargent reports.

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Shoppers going strong late into night

The Memorial City Mall may have closed its doors at 10 p.m. on Black Friday, but that doesn't mean the sales stop. 

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Picketers greet Wal-Mart shoppers

Black Friday shoppers were met by picketers at a Houston-area Wal-Mart.

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How full are mall parking lots?

Are you thinking about heading out to a mall to try to grab some Black Friday bargains? Find out if the mall you're planning to go to has many parking spots available.

Shoppers pack stores earlier for Black Friday deals

Houstonians get an earlier start on their holiday shopping by snapping up Black Friday bargains.

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Black Friday gets out of hand in other cities

Nov. 23, 2012: For some cities across the country, Black Friday led to violence and anger. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Virtual shoppers show which bargains they found

Nov. 23, 2012: Virtual shopping correspondents show what it was like in the wee hours of the morning. Amy Davis reports.

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Academy offers Black Friday deals

Nov. 23, 2012: Academy gets swamped with customers looking for Black Friday malls.

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Check out Cyber Monday deals

Cyber Monday deals are spilling into an entire week of cyber specials.

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Hey Santa, pin this

There are slews of apps and websites to help you make the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two mondo-consumerist U.S. holidays.

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5 hot post-holiday hotel sales

Snap out of that turkey coma and make plans for a little escape from the frenzy of holiday prep.

Black Friday Frenzy

Toys R Us and other retailers open early

The doors at the Toys R Us store on Westheimer opened precisely at 8 p.m. Thursday night and the holiday shopping season officially kicked off.

Psychology of shopping: Tips to avoid overspending

Experts say many shoppers have a tendency to overspend this time of the year, but the search for a bargain actually begins in the brain.

Black Friday, Best Buy

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Which Black Friday deals are best?

There are thousands of deals at hundreds of stores. So which Black Friday deals are best? Consumer Expert Amy Davis breaks it down.

Shopping encouraged on Small Business Saturday

Small business owners hope shoppers save some money for Small Business Saturday.

Top 10 Internet shopping scams

Shoppers beware -- criminals use Internet scams to line their pockets during the holidays and shoppers are their prime targets.



Students name Top 10 most wanted gifts

What do children really want for holiday gifts? Students at Longfellow Elementary release a cost-effective list of what they hope to get.

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Group releases dangerous toys list

'Tis the season to be wary when it comes to buying potentially dangerous toys for children this holiday. Toxic and dangerous toys are right now sitting on store shelves, and a public interest group is warning consumers to beware when purchasing toys.

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Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a favorite among bargain hunters on the prowl for the best deal. The debate among shoppers is whether they find their bargains in-store on Black Friday or online during Cyber Monday. Click here to find out which one is best for you.

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Some Walmart workers may walk out on Black Friday

Nov. 19, 2012: As Wal-Mart workers prepare to stage a walkout on Black Friday, the world's largest store is fighting back. Amy Davis reports.



20 Black Friday shopping tips

The day after Thanksgiving - known as "Black Friday" - is one of the year's biggest shopping days. Get prepared with Consumer Reports 20 Black Friday shopping tips so you can get the best deals of the season.

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Best apps, websites for Black Friday

A little research ahead of time can mean big savings at stores on Black Friday. Here are the best apps and websites dedicated to Black Friday.

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Apps to download for Black Friday

It's time to load up your smartphone with some Black Friday apps before you head out the door on the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Black Friday hours for major retailers

Black Friday is nearly upon us. Check out the store hours for major retailers this year, and the history behind America's shopping "holiday."

Restaurant Report Card for Nov. 15: Mall food courts

Shopping malls will be jam-packed for Black Friday, and so will the food courts. It's why we're focusing on eateries inside local shopping malls in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Get tips to save while shopping online

Ready or not, the holiday shopping season is here and there are some online tricks that can help stretch your holiday budge even further.


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Target's Black Friday ad released

Target announces it will open at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving evening, the earliest it's ever started its Black Friday sales.

More retailers go digital for holiday season

Heading into the holiday shopping season, some retailers have decided the best way to confront competitors in the digital world is to go digital themselves.


Moms robbed in grocery store parking lot

Pearland police said the suspects robbed two different women while they were trying to put their children in their cars.

Shoppers pack stores early for Black Friday

Houstonians get an early start on their holiday shopping by snapping up Black Friday bargains.

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Woman arrested after Black Friday fight

A woman is arrested after getting into a Black Friday fight at a Walmart store.


Forget Black Friday: shop Small Business Saturday

Local business owners are asking customers to turn their focus from big box, chain stores to mom-and-pop shops for their holiday shopping as part of Small Business Saturday this weekend.

Shoppers start Black Friday early

Nov. 24, 2011: Shoppers throughout Houston started Black Friday shopping early Thursday night. Jennifer Bauer reports.

Black Friday Frenzy: Secrets to savings

What are the best deals on Black Friday? Which smartphone apps can help you sort it all out? Local 2 tracks down the answers.

OSHA regulating Black Friday sales

Ahead of Black Friday, stores are stepping up safety measures to comply with federal regulations.

Shoppers: Be cautious on Black Friday

Shoppers will be out on Black Friday to get good deals, but they'll also be a potential target for criminals looking to score.

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Black Friday: 5 deal sites to bookmark now

Black Friday may still be two weeks away, but it's never too early to start looking for deals. We've picked five of the best online sites that will jump start your holiday shopping.

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