It’s hard to say which comes first, an empty wallet or aching feet, but Black Friday shopping at chain and big box stores can mean big savings, much of which carries through this weekend, with some stores starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving. Before braving the masses, though, check with individual stores and always read the fine print.
Target’s Black Friday sale starts Thursday at 8 p.m. and runs through closing on Saturday. Door buster deals include a bonus $75 Target Gift Card with purchase of an iPad Mini Wi-Fi 16 GB ($299), or $100 Target gift card with an iPad Air Wi-Fi 16 GB ($479). Other deals: Beats by Dre Solo HD Headphones ($119, usually $179.99), Nikon L320 Camera ($99, usually $229.99), and Nintendo 3DS XL Game System ($149.99, usually $199.99). In the toy department, there’s 50 percent off select items, including Monster High, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lalaloopsy and Our Generation, when purchasing one at full price. (The two toys must be of the same brand; the lower-priced item will be 50 percent off.) For the home, 6-foot pre-lit artificial trees (clear or multicolored) are less than half price ($30, usually $67).
Among the many discounts at Macy's, select Rampage boots are discounted from $69 to $19. Friday, Gap opens at 6 a.m. for 50 percent discounts on most stock; Saturday shoppers get 40 percent off the entire purchase (the discount does not apply to gift cards). Forever 21’s Black Friday sale means up to 50 percent off select items and yellow tag deals with gifts starting at $3. Juicy Couture customers receive a free Wild for Juicy Mug with a purchase of $100 or more. Justice has 50 percent off most merchandise. At Fresh stores, get a free Fresh Life Rollerball with any $100 purchase. Spend $40 at Bath & Body Works and get a VIP Tote Bag ($100 value) for $20. And, Nordstrom Rack gives a $15 gift card when you spend more than $100.
Yankee Candle’s retail locations feature Black Friday and weekend deals including 7 oz. jar candles ($5) for the first four hours, Friday only; $25 Fragrance Lovers Tote with $50 purchase ($100 value) while supplies last; free large jar or tumbler candle with purchase of two large jar or tumbler candles, and free large Pure Radiance vase with purchase of two large Pure Radiance vase candles, both through Sunday.
At Ikea, Black Friday deals include Expedit shelving units at $19.99 (regularly $39.99) and 50 percent discount at the Swedish Food Market when you spend $100 in the store. Saturday is the day for discounted Dinera dinnerware ($4.99, normally $9.99). Sunday, a Benno TV unit is forty bucks off ($39.99, regular $79.99). Soft toys are 50 percent off all weekend, and for each toy sold the Ikea Foundation donates $1 to education programs supported by Save the Children and UNICEF.
Don't feel like leaving the home?
Let your fingers do the walking. Black Friday madness isn’t for everyone, but don’t miss out on these e-commerce deals: During the holidays, Gourmet Gift Baskets comes into its own with more than 400 different goodie-packed baskets to suit all tastes. They make great hostess gifts, too. From midnight on Thanksgiving through the weekend, there’s 20 percent off everything and free shipping. Who wouldn’t want a Mini Christmas Basket (originally $24.99), the handy Christmas Morning Breakfast Gift Basket ($79.99), or top shelf Cakebread Vineyard Tour Wine Gift Basket? The Gourmet Gift Towers ($34.99-$69.99) are cute stacked gift boxes tied together, ready wrapped and picture perfect.
At Wayfair.com, online Black Friday bargains include $50 off All-Clad’s Belgian Waffle Maker ($129.95, was $179.95), $30 off a Keurig Elite Brewing System ($89.95, was $119.95), and $40 off a Stiga Legacy Table Tennis Table ($332.99, normally $372.95).