Get ready for another traditional round of holiday shopping commencing right after Thanksgiving dinner is done! (Also see: What's open Thanksgiving Day?)
This year, that means stores like Target and Macy's will be offering holiday specials even earlier to kick-start 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".
But in recent years, increased competition to lure in shoppers has added a new shopping day to the holiday roster called "Gray Thursday".
That's right, Thanksgiving Day, the day BEFORE Black Friday has now become the unofficial start of Black Friday sales by some of the nation's biggest retailers and department stores.
Just up ahead, check out a list of stores traditionally open on Thanksgiving Day, followed by stores that buck the trend by giving employees Thanksgiving Day off by opening on Black Friday (and not until!)
Opening Hours for Thanksgiving Day 2018
JCPenney will be the earliest to open in 2018, at 2PM, while the rest of the major retailers hold steady at late afternoon opening hours. The big discount stores, as usual, will be open during regular store hours all day Thanksgiving Day:
Bass Pro Shops - 8AM
Five Below - 6PM
Modells - 6PM
BestBuy - 5PM
Goodys - Noon
Old Navy - 3PM
Big Lots - 7AM
JCPenney - 2PM
Sears - 6PM
Bon Ton - 5PM
Kohls - 6PM
Target - 5PM
Dicks Sporting Goods - 6PM
Macy’s - 5PM
Walgreens - 8AM
Dollar General - 7AM
Michaels - 6PM
Walmart - 6PM
Opening Hours Black Friday
Although closed all day Thanksgiving Day, the following retailers will be open bright and early on Black Friday:
Babies R Us - 8AM
Crate & Barrel - 9AM
Menards - 5AM
Barnes & Noble - 8AM
Dicks Sporting Goods - 5AM
Nordstrom - 8AM
Bed, Bath & Beyond - 6AM
H&M - varies by location
Sam's Club - 7AM
BJ's - 7AM
Hobby Lobby - 8AM
Sierra Trading Post - 7AM
Burlington Coat Factory - 7AM
Home Depot - 6AM
Staples - 7AM
Costco - 9AM
Lowe's - 6AM
True Value - 6AM
Jump Starting the Holidays - Even Earlier Black Friday Sales
Stocking their shelves for early Christmas sales, major retailers now plan 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.
PRO TIP: To really get a jump on holiday sales, pay special close attention for announcements at sites like BlackFriday.com and Gotta Deal (see below) for ONLINE sales that begin in November at Amazon, Costco, and Walmart.
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 stick to your shopping list
at all times. Remember, you're not saving money if you didn't intend to buy the item in the first place! Stay focused.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Pack a Black Friday comfort kit -- snack bar, water, aspirin.
Shopping Black Friday 2018
Watch for the usual great holiday savings on flat screen TVs, laptops, video gaming consoles, when low prices are slashed for clearance at Best Buy and other retail giants. Expect steep price drops, as well, on jewelry and women's clothing for an early jump on the holiday shopping season.
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 ....
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.
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 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.