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Macy's to Open Midnight Thanksgiving: Early Bird Shopping vs. Shortened Holiday

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Is braving the crowds worth the deals?

It looks like Macy’s has become the latest retailer to declare they will open at midnight on Thanksgiving. Target made the same announcement just last week. In past years, Toys ‘R Us, Walmart, and Sears have begun the rush to start Black Friday shopping earlier each year.

Is cutting the Thanksgiving holiday short (and braving the crowds) worth the bargains?

I’ve never embarked on a 5am Black Friday shopping excursion but I have shopped (and hated it) on Black Friday itself. Usually I detest shopping but I always admire the great finds that I see on the news of people who got incredible deals on laptops and iPads. This year I’m wondering if a midnight trip is worth the trouble.

On one hand, you have to cut your Thanksgiving short. Yes, the stores open at midnight, but you will have to get ready beforehand, put away the Thanksgiving mess if hosting, travel to the store, find a parking spot, and wait in line. If you want a chance at getting the best deals, you should get there way before midnight, so depending on when you have Thanksgiving dinner and your guests go home, you might have to hurry the night along.

The upside? So many readers weighed in our our 10 Things A Mother-in-Law Should Never Utter post, and a lot of you shared stories of horrible things said during the holidays, so if you’re looking for a reason to skip out early, some Black Friday shopping might be ideal!

I firmly intend to finish my shopping by the end of November this year — no matter what. I want to actually enjoy the holiday season without the stress.

What about you? Do you love or hate Black Friday shopping? What’s the best deal you ever found?

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