Braving Black Friday: A Cheat Sheet for the Fearless

Black Friday 2014

Whoever said that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity just might have been talking about Black Friday. The most hectic shopping day of the year is almost upon us, so it’s time to start formulating a strategy to get your youngsters that coveted Elsa doll or Zoomer Dino. To help you prepare, we put together a shortlist of the must-stop shops (many with Thanksgiving afternoon openings!) with the discounts and deals for each to make your game plan. When it comes to Black Friday, trust us — luck has nothing to do with it.

PSA: Stores have ramped up their savings so expect some very excited shoppers. Shop early at your own risk.


  • Friday Hours: Opens at 6 AM
  • Discounts: From 6 AM to 11 AM, enjoy 50% off red-lined sale items; from 11 AM to close, take 25% off red-lined sale items
  • Deals: Shoppers will be given holiday poppers filled with confetti, little gifts, and even gift cards for up to $500

Bath & Body Works

  • Friday Hours: Varies by location
  • Deals: Black Friday-exclusive V.I.P. Tote available for discounted price with five specially selected products, this year including: Holiday Wish 3-wick candle, A Thousand Wishes body lotion, A Thousand Wishes fine fragrance mist, Winter Cranberry hand soap, and Forever Red mini Eau de Parfum

Bed, Bath and Beyond

  • Friday Hours: Opens at 6 AM
  • Deals: Shoppers who arrive between 6 AM and noon will receive a coupon for 20% off their entire purchase

Best Buy

  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 5 PM
  • Friday Hours: Opens at 8 AM
  • Discounts: Hundreds of dollars off TVs, computers, phones, cameras, and tablets

Dick’s Sporting Goods

  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 5 PM
  • Discounts: Up to 50% off merchandise, including clothing, bikes, games, hunting equipment, and shoes
  • Deals: Specific markdowns end at 2 PM Friday, though sales last through Saturday

The Disney Store

  • Friday Hours: Varies by location
  • Discounts: The “Magical Friday Sale” boasts up to 40% off popular products, some toys even being reduced down to $5


  • Friday Hours: 4,000 locations open at midnight, the rest of the stores open at 5 AM
  • Discounts: Up to $100 off specific GameStop products; additional sales on pre-owned products; 2,500 gaming gifts for under $20


  • Thursday Hours: Most stores open at 8 PM Thursday, specific location hours can be found on Gap’s website
  • Discounts: 50% off the entire store
  • Deals: For every $50 spent, shoppers are entered to win one of 100 vacations to places like New York, Las Vegas, and Miami

J.C. Penney

  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 5 PM
  • Friday Hours: Opens at 6 AM
  • Discounts: Storewide savings averaging 65% off
  • Deals: Coupon giveaway at the door while supplies last for $10 off, 1 in 100 coupons will be for $100 off; from 6 AM to 11 AM Friday, shoppers will receive $20 when they spend $75 or more


  • Thursday Hours: Open from 6 AM t0 5 PM, reopens from 7 PM to 3 AM
  • Friday Hours: Opens at 6 AM
  • Discounts: Threefold discount plan for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, each day offering new and different deals on storewide products


  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 6 PM
  • Discounts: Hundreds off on electronics including phones, TVs, and speaker systems; savings and markdowns on housewares, apparel, and accessories; 50% off certain toys
  • Deals: $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent


  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 8 PM
  • Discounts: 30 – 70% off merchandise
  • Deals: Early shoppers get an extra 20% off; shoppers with a Macy’s card or pass get an additional 10 or 15% off

Old Navy

  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 4 PM
  • Discounts: Storewide savings of 50%
  • Deals: A lucky 1,000 shoppers will win a $200 shopping spree as part of the sale

Pier 1 Imports

  • Friday Hours: Varies by location
  • Discounts: All Christmas products will be 30% off; furniture and home accents will be 20 – 25 % off


  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 6 PM
  • Discounts: Savings around 40 – 50% on home appliances, apparel, and assorted merchandise
  • Deals: $10 off every $40 spent


  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 6 PM
  • Friday Hours: Opens at 6 AM
  • Deals: Tablets, computers and electronics on sale for $99.99; Beats Headphones on sale for $79.99


  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 6 PM
  • Deals: Free $100 gift card with every iPad purchase

Toys “R” Us

  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 5 PM
  • Friday Hours: Opens at 7 AM
  • Discounts: Up to 50% off a majority of toys


  • Thursday Hours: Opens at 6 PM
  • Friday Hours: Opens at 6 AM
  • Deals: Three savings “events” starting at 6 PM Thursday, 8 PM Thursday, and 6 AM Friday
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