Where and when to score on Black Friday

Retailers are offering Black Friday deals earlier and earlier, with some even open on Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is becoming so yesterday. That annual crush of shoppers in search of holiday bargains has been moving back in time to Thursday evening, when many stores open their doors to let consumers go straight from filling up with turkey and pumpkin pie to filling up their shopping carts.

Naturally, there are apps to help the die-hard bargain hunters, such as Black Friday Survival Guide for the iPhone. There are price–comparison apps that allow you to see if a deal is really a steal, such as RedLaser, Decide.com, Google Shopper, Price Check by Amazon and Consumer Reports Mobile.

Some stores, such as Macy’s and Sears, offer store-specific apps.

And for those preferring not to interrupt their feasting, football and family time, some retailers offer Black Friday deals online. Oh, and you can also peruse your local circulars online.

Here are the Black Friday hours of some chain stores.

Opening Thursday

Kmart – 8 p.m.

Sears – 8 p.m.

Toys R Us – 8 p.m.

Walmart – 8 p.m.

Target – 9 p.m.

Opening Friday

Best Buy – Midnight

Kohl’s – Midnight

Macy’s – Midnight

JCPenney – 6 a.m.

Sams Club Wholesale – 7.a.m.

Costco Friday – 9 a.m.

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