Move over, Black Friday. Bargain hunters who want to get a jump-start on the fast-approaching holiday sale season know that even before Friday arrives, there are plenty of Thanksgiving deals ready for the taking.
If you’re one of the many who will be cutting your Turkey Day celebrations short to visit retail stores, you’ll need a game plan for how best to approach the shopping extravaganza.
Thankfully, we’ve got the ultimate guide to Thanksgiving deals, filled with everything you need to know before you leave the house.
What’s Open When?
If you’re ready to brave the crowds on Thanksgiving, use this list as a cheat sheet for which major retailers will be opening on Thanksgiving – and at what time. After all, arrival time is key to grabbing a great bargain. (Remember, though, that some local laws and other factors can affect store opening days and times, even at major stores.)
- Best Buy – 5 p.m. Thursday
- Dick’s Sporting Goods – 5 p.m. Thursday
- JCPenney – 5 p.m. Thursday
- Kmart – 6 a.m. Thursday
- Kohl’s – 6 p.m. Thursday
- Macy’s – 6 p.m. Thursday
- Old Navy – 4 p.m. Thursday
- Sears – 6 p.m. Thursday
- Staples – 6 p.m. Thursday
- Target – 6 p.m. Thursday
- Toys R Us – 5 p.m. Thursday
- Walmart – 6 p.m. Thursday
What Are the Best Deals?
With such a large number of major retailers beginning their sales so early this year, it can be difficult to choose which store to visit. For your reference, here are a few of the standout Thanksgiving Day deals and doorbusters from some of the biggest-name stores:
- Best Buy – Save $100 on all iPad Air 2s
- Best Buy – Save $75 on all iPad mini 3s
- JCPenney – Boots for her select styles for $19.99
- Macy’s – Rampage boots for $19.99
- Target – iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi for $249 with a free $80 Target gift card
- Target – Beats by Dre Solo HD Drenched Headphones for $97
- Target – GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition for $249.99 with a free $50 Target gift card
- Walmart – iPad mini 16GB with Wi-Fi for $199 with a free $30 Walmart gift card
- Walmart – Xbox One “Assassin’s Creed Unity” Bundle for $329
What Should You Do?
Now that you’ve got an idea of what the deals are – and where they are – it’s time to take action. As you set out to snag some sweet Thanksgiving deals, remember these helpful shopping tips:
- In-store safety – Don’t spoil your Thanksgiving. You can stay safe when you hit the stores by being aware of your surroundings, keeping your personal possessions close to you and avoiding conflict with any of your fellow shoppers.
- Online safety – Many Thanksgiving deals will be available online, but staying away from the stores brings its own safety concerns. Shop smart online and ensure the greatest level of financial protection by making purchases only from reputable retailers, inputting your payment information only over secure connections and using your credit card, not your debit card.
- Price comparison – The typical guidelines for successful Black Friday shopping apply to Thanksgiving deals as well. Before you decide which store to patronize, do some price comparison. This includes comparing prices between and within stores. For example, is Best Buy’s deal better than Target’s? But also, is Best Buy advertising the item for less than it was selling for earlier this month?
- Price matching – Finally, when applicable, enact price matching. Stores that honor price matching will match the price of an identical product that is advertised for less by a competitor. Some stores won’t price match on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, but others will. Check the policy of the store you’ll be patronizing to see if you can take advantage of this money-saving feature.
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