Black Friday Ads and Sales Going on Now Around Orange County

Black Friday is about getting the best shopping deals the day after Thanksgiving. Or at least, that the way it use to be. Lately the trend has been for stores to open earlier and earlier Friday morning until they opened the earliest they could, midnight. Then some stores started opening Thanksgiving day. This year, more or most stores will be open Thanksgiving Day at some point.

Regardless of how you feel about these new store hours. It is what it is. For me, I’ll be enjoying my Thanksgiving with friends and family and will leave the shopping to other days.

Pro Tips:

  • If you plan on going out shopping do your homework. Look at the ads and make a priority list and where to go first, second and so on.
  • Waiting in line to be one of the first is not worth it. Show up 5-10 minutes after the store opens and walk right in.
  • If you’re serious about getting what you want. Scope out the store the day before late in the day. Chances are employees are already going to be placing certain merchandise in different locations. Ask how many there are in stock. Alt least you’ll know exactly where to head.
  • Avoid the store altogether. See if the store will be selling the same products online at the same price. A couple of years ago I needed a new computer and Best Buy has a fantastic deal but people had been camping out for a week already and the store was only going to have 3 in stock. Chances were slim I would get one. I researched and found out that the same computer would be for sale at the stroke of midnight. I logged on at 11:55pm, waited 5 minutes, bought the computer and went to bed.
  • Some stores, will match others prices. Call stores in advance.
  • Buy everything online. Go to Amazon.com, Google shopping and store websites. Most companies will ship for free.
  • Google search for (store) promo codes. There are many promotional codes / coupon codes websites out there. You can strike an additional discount.
  • Buy before Thanksgiving. I’m finding out more and more stores, especially clothing stores like Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penny’s, are having the biggest sales with the deepest discounts the days prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Costco and Sam’s Club have their best deals the days leading up to Thanksgiving. They usually have a 1 or 2 day event.
  • Buy early. As the days lead up to Christmas there seems to be less discounts.
  • DO NOT buy the last weekend or days before Christmas. Retailers learned that there’s no need to offer discounts at this time. Those that still have to buy will have to pay full price.
  • Think outside the box. There are many retailers and companies offering discounts from cars to tires, garden tools to flooring, baby diapers to theme attractions.

Here’s are Some of the More Popular Deals and Stores:

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Best BuyThey will open their doors for Black Friday 2013 at 6pm Thanksgiving Night and offer tickets good for the purchase of doorbuster items as early as 4pm to people waiting in line.

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WalmartWalmart opens at 6pm Thanksgiving Day and has several items to be guaranteed in stock.

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Target – Pre Black Friday deals & daily doorbusters. Come back every day 11/24—11/27 to save on gotta-have gifts. Target’s Black Friday 2013 sale starts at 8 pm Thanksgiving Night!

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Macy’sThey have announced you can Shop All Night, from 8pm Thanksgiving Day to 1PM Friday & 7am – 1pm Saturday November 30!

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Old Navy – Black Friday sales at Old Navy have included multiple rounds of doorbusters, $5 graphic tees, and holiday pajamas for $8! Last year’s Old Navy video game giveaway was a free copy of Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U with $40 purchases. Sale starts at 7pm on Thanksgiving.

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Toys r Us – Black Friday sales at Toys “R” Us are anxiously anticipated every year, with as much as 32-pages of deals and often half-filled with doorbusters at up to 50% – 60% off. Black Friday sales start at 5 pm Thursday with doorbusters from 5 pm to 9 pm only!

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SearsThey’ll be kicking off the Black Friday 2013 savings at 8 pm Thanksgiving night with doorbusters on sale until 1pm Friday.

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Lowes – Sale starts at 5am on Black Friday.

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ACE Hardware – Ace Hardware is “The Helpful Place” for Hot Deals! For Black Friday 2013 hurry in to Ace Hardware’s 3-day After Thanksgiving Event. In previous years, the start time has been 7am on Friday morning.

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Kohl’sThis year’s Black Friday 2013 sale hours begin on Thursday at 8 pm and the once-a-year offer of $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent will be in effect!

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JC Penny’sDoors open at 8pm Thanksgiving Day.

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Bath & Body Works – Black Friday deals from Bath & Body Works are exciting because in the past they have offered VIP bag giveaways (valued at $100) and exclusive Facebook promotions as well as their Black Friday sale prices.

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Starbucks – A sweet tasting treat. BUY 1 GET 1 FREE When you purchase any Frappuccino Blended Beverage of equal or lesser value. Ends November 24th. Offer code 358. One-time use only.

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Verizon – Verizon’s ad shows free offers on the Motorola Razr HD and the Verizon Ellipsis 7-inch slate. Both offers require a two-year contract and are available only on Black Friday, November 29, according to the ad. Several of the deals shown in the ad will be available for the entire Black Friday weekend.

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Sprint – The “My Way Student Promotion” provides students with a full year of free calls, text messages, and data from Sprint. To qualify for the offer, buyers must purchase a Sprint phone at the student activated price through Best Buy and activate a new line via Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way plan. The plan offers unlimited talking and texting and 1GB of data per month for smartphones and unlimited calls and texts for feature phones. The promotion starts Monday and runs through January 4.

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Sam’s Club – Holiday VIP Event. VIP Treatment: Early Holiday Savings for Sam’s Club Members Only. Early Black Friday Savings. Get the VIP treatment at Sam’s Club with these limited-time holiday savings. Save big and get ready for the best holiday yet! Black Friday sale starts at 7am on Friday.

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Costco Black Friday prices as Costco include online offers and three days of sales starting typically on Friday and running through Sunday.

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Farrell’s – On Friday, November 29, Farrell’s locations will open from 6 – 11am to offer super special Black Friday deals that will only be available that morning. Special deals on gift cards, discounts on Farrell’s merchandise, free Farrell’s ice cream, and a chance to win a grand prize at each location worth over $300. We’ll be e-mailing you all the details on November 27, so keep an eye out!

 

Call it whatever it is Black Friday, Black Thanksgiving, Black November, plan accordingly and you’ll do alright. If you have any other tips, tricks or thoughts on holiday shopping, leave your comments below.

Published by Diego Loya

Diego Loya is a Realtor - Broker at Home Living Real Estate Brokerage, a Orange County full services real estate company. Over the past 12 years, Diego has helped homeowners sell and buy their homes. He's loves educating and empowering real estate consumers. You can find him on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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