Planning ahead is extremely important to ensure a less stressful Black Friday experience. Large crowds of under-rested bargain hunters do not make for the most understanding company if you hesitate before hitting the stores.

Who will take care of your kids? What outfit will you wear to optimize pocket space and comfort? Which deals are the most important to you? Who is your shopping buddy? What is your plan?

shopping black FridayGenerally items are as cheap as the morning is young, but store openings and specific deals will vary by location. Some stores have already promoted the deals on offer.

With Black Friday attendance projected to be less then last year and online orders infringing on in-store purchases, retailers are fighting to offer the earliest opening times and best bargains. Some stores are opening as early as midnight, like Ralph Lauren and Old Navy. Toys R Us is ringing in Black Friday before the day even begins, opening at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and running bargains until 10 p.m. the next day. With these store hours, you could begin shopping Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m. at Gander Mountain and continue shopping straight through the Black Friday weekend, if your feet and your checkbook can handle the exertion, that is!

StoreSale StartsSale Ends
Ashley Furniture7AMUnspecified
Bass Pro Shops6AM1PM
Best Buy5AMUnspecified
Burlington Coat Factory5AMUnspecified
Home Depot5AMUnspecified
JC Penny4AMUnspecified
Office Max7AMUnspecified
Pet Smart7AMUnspecified
Radio Shack5:30AMUnspecified
Sam's Club5AMUnspecified
Toys 'R' Us10PM (11/25)10PM (11/26)

Money saved on an item bought is still money spent. Black Friday deals can be a wonderful way to save this holiday season, and wading through the crowds should be considered a sport, but don’t get carried away by the bargains.

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What’s your Black Friday plan? How do you navigate different store opening times and still nab the best deals?

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Simon Zhen

Simon is a research analyst for MyBankTracker. He is an expert on consumer banking products, bank innovations and financial technology.
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