But in recent years, increased competition to lure in shoppers has added a new shopping day to the holiday roster called "Gray Thursday", or Thanksgiving Day, the day BEFORE Black Friday.
Even more recently, the biig retail chains have also started early Black Friday sales even earlier -- to move merchandise even faster. (PRO TIP: Wait for prices to really plunge at the end of the month, or shop now and avoid the crowds!)
Early Black Friday deals can also be found online at Amazon, Walmart and Kohl's, while Target and Macy's start rolling back prices beginning in November.
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!)
What's Open Thanksgiving Day 2023
Black Friday opening hours on Thanksgiving Day vary little from year to year, so here is the rundown of traditional start times when Black Friday sales begin at local retailers near you:
Bass Pro Shops - 9AM
CVS - varies by location
Pep Boys - varies by location
Big Lots - 7AM
Dollar General - 7AM
Rite-Aid - 8AM
Cabela's - 9AM
Kmart - 9AM
Sears - 6PM
Michaels - 6PM
Walgreens - 7AM
Opening Hours Black Friday
Although closed all day Thanksgiving Day, the following retailers are open bright and early on Black Friday:
Barnes & Noble - 8AM
Dicks Sporting Goods - 5AM
Macy's - 6AM
Bed Bath & Beyond - 6AM
H&M - varies by location
Nordstrom - 9AM
Best Buy - 5AM
Hobby Lobby - 8AM
Sam's Club - 7AM
BJ's - 7AM
Home Depot - 6AM
Staples - 9AM
Burlington - varies by location
JC Penney - 5AM
Target - 7AM
Costco - 9AM
Kohl's - 5AM
True Value - varies by location
Crate & Barrel - 9AM
Lowe's - 6AM
Walmart - 5AM
Jump Start 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 close attention to announcements at sites like BlackFriday.com and Gotta Deal (see below) for online sales that begin in November at Amazon, Costco, and Walmart.
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.
Tips for Shopping Black Friday
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 2023 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 Thanksgiving Day and on Friday, November
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Black Friday 2023 - 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 all the 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.