Frugal Family: Strategize Your Black Friday Shopping Plans Early

Some stores will open at midnight, while others are open Thanksgiving Day

With Black Friday descending upon us next week, I thought to take a different approach to the Frugal Family column since this is big time deal territory — and Black Friday has some changes this year.

Black Friday shopping is turning into late Thanksgiving shopping and midnight shopping as more  stores are opening earlier. Among the changes:  Toys-R-Us and Rite Aid are starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. Best Buy, Walmart, Macy's, Target, Kohls and Sears will open at 12 a.m. Friday. Gap will stay open until 8 p.m. Thursday and then re-open at 12 a.m. Friday. Midnight is much earlier then the traditional 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. early bird rush. Although not a brick and mortar, Amazon has daily Black Friday deals now. Some stores are changing to earlier times at press date, so check store websites.

Here's a list of sites that can give you up to the minute news about Black Friday sales. Some stores are even having pre-order sales — and many have already announced their sales with Black Friday ads. Also, if you have a favorite store, check out the respective Facebook fan pages for special deals.

And, don't forget about Cyber Monday. More on that next week!













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