The Lazy Shopper’s Guide to Black Friday Hours and Deals

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Trying to save money on Black Friday can be overwhelming. The sheer quantity of deals and the hype around them is enough to make you throw up your hands and say, “Forget it.”

I did that myself for many years. Now I take Black Friday season as seriously as any college exam. But there is a happy medium.

Yes, you can take advantage of the deep discounts available on Thanksgiving weekend without stressing out. That’s because shopping Black Friday sales boils down to two questions:

  • What deals are out there?
  • When will they be available?

You’ll find some answers to those questions below. We’ve rounded up the Black Friday hours ads and sale hours for some of the largest retailers. We’ve even highlighted a few noteworthy bargains.

Wherever you might shop this weekend, this is all the info you need.

Just be sure to call ahead to local stores to confirm their hours. For example, while almost all Best Buy stores will open on Thanksgiving, those in three states — Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — will be closed due to state laws.

If you’re looking to dial the savings up a notch, we’ve got a cheat sheet for that too: “3 No-Fail Ways to Super-Charge Your Savings From Now to Christmas.”


Best Buy


  • Black Friday starts in stores: 9 a.m. Friday (local time)
  • Black Friday starts online: Thursday (no time specified)
  • Main Black Friday webpage: See the “Holiday Savings Book” on Costco’s home page

Sam’s Club

  • Black Friday starts in stores: 7 a.m. Friday (local time)
  • Black Friday starts online: 12:01 ET Thursday
  • Main Black Friday webpage: Black Friday catalog


  • Black Friday starts in stores: 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight Friday (all times local)
  • Black Friday starts online: “Early Thanksgiving morning,” Target says
  • Main Black Friday webpage: Target Black Friday Homepage
  • Noteworthy deal:


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