Get ready for another traditional round of holiday frenzy shopping commencing right after Thanksgiving - and more often earlier! (Also see: What's open Thanksgiving Day?)
This year, that means stores like Target and Toys R Us will be offering holiday specials even earlier to kickstart the biggest selling season of the year.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official start of the holiday shopping season - popularly known as Black Friday - when retailers move from being unprofitable, or "in the red," to
being profitable, or "in the black".
In recent years, increased competition to lure in shoppers has added a new shopping day to the holiday roster: "Gray Thursday". That's right, Thanksgiving Day, the day BEFORE Black Friday has now become the official start of Black Friday sales by some of the nation's biggest retailers and department stores.
The following is a list of stores traditionally open on Thanksgiving Day with opening times based on recent years' schedules. Meanwhile, keep it here for updates for information on when doors open for the early Black Friday rush on Thanksgiving Day 2018.
Open Thanksgiving Day 2018 - Tentative Schedule
Old Navy - 4PM
Target - 6PM
Toys ‘R’ Us - 5PM
Macy’s - 5PM
Walmart - 6PM
Kohls - 6PM
BestBuy - 5PM
JCPenney - 3PM
Kmart - 7PM
Sears - 6PM
Modells - 6PM
BonTon - 5PM
Dicks Sporting Goods - 6PM
Goodys - Noon
Walgreens - 8AM
Five Below - 6PM
Dollar General - 7AM
Michaels - 6PM
Big Lots - 7AM
Bass Pro Shops - 8AM
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Again, the following is a traditional list of stores that are usually closed all day Thanksgiving Day. Save yourself the trip by avoiding them, but watch for extended hours on Black Friday:
Abt Electronics, BJ's, Costco, Crate and Barrel, Dillard's, Ethan Allen, H&M, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, IKEA, Jos. A. Bank, La-Z-Boy, Lowe's, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Office Depot, Office Max, P.C. Richard, Party City, Petco, PetSmart, Pier 1 Imports, Raymour & Flanigan, Sam's Club, Sierra Trading Post, Staples, The Container Store, TJ Maxx.
Jump Starting the Holidays - Even Earlier Black Friday Sales
Stocking their shelves for early Christmas sales, major retailers are likely to follow suit this year, planning Black Friday deals in early November. The reason? Retailers want to lure in the early crowds to avoid having to store a huge load of inventory until the end of the year. As a result, hot holiday items are likely to run out before the holiday rush even peaks.
How to Survive Black Friday
Check online or research local newspapers for the latest Black Friday sales & circulars.
Make a detailed list of sales items for everyone on your gift list.
On Black Friday, make an early start, and stay focused on your shopping list
at all times.
Carry a cell phone to keep in touch with shopping buddies for sales alerts.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Pack a Black Friday comfort kit: snack bar, water, aspirin.
Word to the wise: Pace yourself and save extra cash by taking advantage of early Black Friday sales at the beginning of November. Then, sit out December and wait for last minute Christmas sales to save big on other items — like stocking stuffers, Christmas wrap, and holiday cards — which go on drastic clearance the closer it gets to Christmas.
Enjoy the holidays. And happy shopping!
More about 2018 Black Friday sales around the Web:
On the Web, check out more consumer tips, reports, facts, information on Black Friday, and where to find the hottest sales taking place coast to coast beginning officially on Friday, November
23, 2018 ... followed by 2018 Cyber
Monday sales for great online deals on Monday, November 26 ....
BlackFriday.com - Catch 2018's best sales with a searchable database, news, and e-mail alerts on the hottest post-Thanksgiving deals at Target, Dell, Walmart, Costco, Old Navy, Toys R Us and lots more ....
Official Black Friday Site - Visitor-submitted information with lists of hot sales items from major retailers including Staples, Sears, Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, Walgreens and more.
Black Friday 2018 @ Gotta Deal - News, rumors and information on where and what's on sale, with scans of holiday sale circulars, a store locator, a history of Black Friday and a very busy forum.
Black Friday Shopping Tips - Check out helpful tips on researching Black Friday ads, scoping out department store and malls, and related advice on where to find the best sales.