Complete Black Friday 2012 Store Hours + Early Bird Discounts

Black Friday Store Opening HoursAs I’ve mentioned in my 10 Black Friday Shopping tips post, it is important to know the Black Friday store hours so you can be there early and avail of the retail stores exclusive early bird offers. Below is the complete list of Black Friday 2012 store hours for your reference:

(This post will be updated as I find out about more store opening hours in the next coming days. Keep posted!)

Black Friday 2012 Store Hours

(Stores are arranged alphabetically)

  • AJ Wright – 6 am
  • American Eagle – 4 am
  • Apple – 8 am
  • Babies ‘R Us – 5 am
  • Best Buy – 12 midnight 
  • Cabela’s – 5 am
  • Childrens Place – 4 am
  • CompUSA – 5 am 
  • Cost Plus World Market – 7 am
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – 5 am
  • Disney Stores – 12:01 am
  • Eddie Bauer – 7 am
  • Fry’s Electronics – 12 midnight
  • GameStop – 12:01 am
  • Gap – 7 am
  • Gap Kids – 7 am
  • Gymboree – 6 am
  • Home Depot – 6 am
  • JC Penney – 4 am
  • Jos. A. Bank – 6 am



  • Justice – 6 am
  • Kmart – 6am to 4pm for Thanksgiving, 5 am on Black Friday
  • Kohl’s – 12 midnight
  • LL Bean – 6 am
  • Lowe’s – 6 am
  • Macy’s – 12 midnight
  • Meijer – 4 am
  • Michaels – 5 am
  • Office Depot – 6 am
  • Office Max – 6 am
  • Old Navy – 12:01 am
  • Old Time World Pottery – 7 am
  • Radio Shack – 5:30 am
  • Sears – 4 am
  • Sports Authority – 5 am
  • Staples – 6 am
  • Target – 12 midnight
  • Toys R Us – 8 pm on Thanksgiving for those doorbusters!
  • Walgreens – 7 am
  • Walmart – 5 am (Black Friday discounts begin at 8pm on Thanksgiving, then 10pm same day. They open at 5am on Black Friday)

Black Friday Early Bird Discounts

There are many retail stores that are offering big early bird discounts. Here are just some of them:

Walmart starts their first Black Friday Sale at 8pm on Thanksgiving, 2 hours earlier than last year. They also announced a 10pm sale on electronics and another sale by 5am by Friday.

Walmart also announced that those who are in line by 10pm and 11pm on Thanksgiving Day will get their most popular items:

  • Apple iPad 2 for with Wi-Fi plus a $75 Walmart gift card for $399
  • Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148
  • LG Blu-ray player for $38

Sears stores will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving and will stay open until 10pm on Black Friday. Additionally, those who are members of Sears loyalty club Shop Your Way can avail of the early bird specials online as early as November 18, 2012!

Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Best Buy will open at 12 midnight after Thanksgiving – technically, midnight of Black Friday.

Lord & Taylor will be opening at 10am on Thanksgiving.

Kohl’s announced that online shoppers will be able to buy all early morning specials on November 21, 2012 and all day on Thanksgiving.

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I hope you enjoy shopping! And make sure you read my tips on Black Friday shopping. 🙂

10 Black Friday Shopping Tips : How to Get the Best Deals!

Black Friday Shopping
November 23, 2012 is Black Friday – the much-awaited and the busiest shopping day of the year is coming up in a few days. It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the US and this is when thousands of retail stores open early and later to welcome the many shoppers ready to spend for the upcoming holidays.

Because of the high demand from shoppers on Black Friday, you can only expect the stores will be offering eye-popping discounts for various products ranging from gadgets like laptops, smartphones and tablets, fashion for men and women, to toys for kids.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

With the overwhelming number of choices, how can you be sure that you’re getting the best deal for your money? How can you avoid those shopping woes during and after? Here are a few Black Friday shopping tips that should help:

1. Do your research on the best deals online. Do it early.

Oh the wonders of the internet. You can find all the information you need to know online, but what I would recommend are the following:

  • Subscribe to the store’s newsletters.

    This is the best way to get the newest deals they have to offer. And I know for a fact that there are retail stores who send exclusive Black Friday deals to their newsletter subscribers, so make sure you’re receiving those deal announcements through email!

  • Follow the stores on Facebook and/or Twitter.

    Retail stores will surely make announcements on their Facebook pages or Twitter accounts, so make sure you’re following them in all their social media channels, including YouTube.

    These stores also entice customers to follow them in social media by offering to reveal their Black Friday deals. Just like Target – they have a game app where those playing can earn points which will enable them to reveal Target Black Friday deals. Cool, huh?

  • Bookmark and/or subscribe to blogs and websites that offer Black Friday deal updates.

    There are thousands of websites and blogs out there that focus on providing the latest and the best Black Friday deals you can find, so make sure you’ve got them bookmarked. If they have an email newsletter, subscribe!

  • Is it worth the trip?

    After you’ve scoured for the lowest prices you can find, think if it’s worth all the hassle. If staying up late or waking up early and going out on Black Friday, lining up behind hundreds of people are nothing compared to the huge discount you’d get off the product you want, then go ahead.


2. Compare prices!

It’s crucial to know which store is offering the best or the lowest price for the items you’re planning to buy. This doesn’t only save you money, but it can also help you determine if it’s even worth the hassle of going out on the busiest shopping day of the year. Why? Because some items might actually be offered at one store at the same Black Friday price as another store is offering. It happens, trust me.

IMPORTANT TIP: I’ve read from other shoppers complaining about stores not offering the prices they advertised online. What you can do is print out the ad you saw and present it to give you, somehow, that much-needed bargaining power. 🙂

3. Make sure you know the Black Friday store hours.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, there are many stores that open as early as 12 midnight. BUT, you have to expect hundreds of people lined up already by that time, so it pays to be there as early as you can. Also, I know stores like Target give out tickets to the shoppers a couple of hours earlier than their actual store opening for Black Friday, so make sure you know all this before heading out. You might be disappointed to learn that you’d have to wait more than 2 hours just to get in – worse, the item you’re aiming to buy might be out of stock by the time you get in. Boohoo. 🙁

With that said, however, note that some stores really stock up on highly in demand items, so even when you’re not there by their opening hours, you can still get pretty awesome discounts hours after. See the complete list of Black Friday 2012 store hours on my other post.

4. Scope or walk-through the store and plan your shopping.

I know, this might sound funny, but I’ve heard and read about people actually doing this before Black Friday. It’s a very good tip because some stores, especially when it’s less than a month before Black Friday, they are already busy preparing and you can already see where the sections are for the products that will be on sale for Black Friday. This is where most shoppers will be heading, so browse the shelves or the whole store to give you an idea where the items you like are located on a regular day. That way, you can go straight to that section instead of racing against those mad dashers on the actual day. 😉

5. Know the store policies ahead of time!

It’s just as important to know the store policies for Black Friday shopping to avoid getting frustrated once you’re on the checkout counter or when you’re dealing with after-sales customer service.

If you have discount gift cards or planning on buying and using them, find out if you can use them on items that are already on sale. Most stores might not allow you to use certain discount coupons if the item’s price has already marked down significantly.

Know the store’s return policies. Some offer shorter return deadlines and others are charging restocking fees. Keep that in mind, and this might also help you choose where the best store to go to first. 🙂

6. Shop online!

For me, this is the best thing to do because you get to save on gas and the frustrations of bracing the crowd of Black Friday shoppers. You can sit back, find the best deals online and buy the items you like and have them shipped to you. It might be a little more costly, but considering the hassle you won’t be going through, for me, it’s all worth it.

Also, take note that there are stores who offer internet shoppers with Night Owl discounts as early as the eve of Thanksgiving (November 21, 2012 this year). Stores do this early bird promotions to beat the competitors. Keep your eye out for them. 🙂


7. Bring friends and comfort with you.

If you’re going to wait at the store for hours, it is best to team up with friends who are also up for some Black Friday shopping. This way, you can take breaks, or one of you can line up at the checkout counter early while the rest of you are shopping.

Be ready with water or coffee, energy bars or snacks to keep you pumped up before the store officially opens.

For comfort, bring sleeping bags or blankets, or even a pull-up chair. Just make sure you know where to stash them right before the store opens. Again, another reason why it’s best to have someone else with you there. 🙂

8. Avoid financial woes after Black Friday.

When shopping at sale events like this, I’ve observed and studies have shown that people’s tendencies to buy unnecessary items also increases. That’s why you have to make sure you stick with your game plan or your shopping list.

Some credit card companies offer perks during this shopping day, so be careful. Don’t overspend and only spend money or go on credits that you can confidently pay off afterwards.

Make sure that you’re only buying items that are on sale. There are some people who don’t verify this or even look before buying something at the store. Not all items are on sale, so keep that in mind and be sure to take a quick look at the price tags.

It’s important to have a set budget beforehand and keep in mind while you’re shopping. Read my article on my finance blog for more money-saving tips for Black Friday.

9. Avoid long lines by doing a research on what other stores offer the same product.

Most people will go to popular stores like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc., with that thinking that they’re the only ones with the best deals out there. That’s why you need to do your research. Avoid the long lines by going to other stores who, most probably, are offering the same products at the same discounted prices.

Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday – don’t forget this shopping day too! In the past, retail stores have been known to still offer the same deals or even better online. Waiting might just pay off. 🙂

10. Have fun shopping!

Relax and just have fun shopping. I know it can really get frustrating, especially when you know there are many people who are eyeing for the same product you’ve been dying to purchase. Just stay calm ’cause most probably, there’s enough stock for all of you. 🙂

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I hope these shopping tips help you spend your money wisely and avoid the stress of holiday shopping this year. Tell me, what are you planning to buy this Black Friday 2012?

Complete Black Friday 2012 Store Hours + Early Bird Discounts

Black Friday Store Opening HoursAs I’ve mentioned in my 10 Black Friday Shopping tips post, it is important to know the Black Friday store hours so you can be there early and avail of the retail stores exclusive early bird offers. Below is the complete list of Black Friday 2012 store hours for your reference:

(This post will be updated as I find out about more store opening hours in the next coming days. Keep posted!)

Black Friday 2012 Store Hours

(Stores are arranged alphabetically)

  • AJ Wright – 6 am
  • American Eagle – 4 am
  • Apple – 8 am
  • Babies ‘R Us – 5 am
  • Best Buy – 12 midnight 
  • Cabela’s – 5 am
  • Childrens Place – 4 am
  • CompUSA – 5 am 
  • Cost Plus World Market – 7 am
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – 5 am
  • Disney Stores – 12:01 am
  • Eddie Bauer – 7 am
  • Fry’s Electronics – 12 midnight
  • GameStop – 12:01 am
  • Gap – 7 am
  • Gap Kids – 7 am
  • Gymboree – 6 am
  • Home Depot – 6 am
  • JC Penney – 4 am
  • Jos. A. Bank – 6 am




  • Justice – 6 am
  • Kmart – 6am to 4pm for Thanksgiving, 5 am on Black Friday
  • Kohl’s – 12 midnight
  • LL Bean – 6 am
  • Lowe’s – 6 am
  • Macy’s – 12 midnight
  • Meijer – 4 am
  • Michaels – 5 am
  • Office Depot – 6 am
  • Office Max – 6 am
  • Old Navy – 12:01 am
  • Old Time World Pottery – 7 am
  • Radio Shack – 5:30 am
  • Sears – 4 am
  • Sports Authority – 5 am
  • Staples – 6 am
  • Target – 12 midnight
  • Toys R Us – 8 pm on Thanksgiving for those doorbusters!
  • Walgreens – 7 am
  • Walmart – 5 am (Black Friday discounts begin at 8pm on Thanksgiving, then 10pm same day. They open at 5am on Black Friday)

Black Friday Early Bird Discounts

There are many retail stores that are offering big early bird discounts. Here are just some of them:

Walmart starts their first Black Friday Sale at 8pm on Thanksgiving, 2 hours earlier than last year. They also announced a 10pm sale on electronics and another sale by 5am by Friday.

Walmart also announced that those who are in line by 10pm and 11pm on Thanksgiving Day will get their most popular items:

  • Apple iPad 2 for with Wi-Fi plus a $75 Walmart gift card for $399
  • Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148
  • LG Blu-ray player for $38

Sears stores will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving and will stay open until 10pm on Black Friday. Additionally, those who are members of Sears loyalty club Shop Your Way can avail of the early bird specials online as early as November 18, 2012!

Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Best Buy will open at 12 midnight after Thanksgiving – technically, midnight of Black Friday.

Lord & Taylor will be opening at 10am on Thanksgiving.

Kohl’s announced that online shoppers will be able to buy all early morning specials on November 21, 2012 and all day on Thanksgiving.

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I hope you enjoy shopping! And make sure you read my tips on Black Friday shopping. 🙂

America’s Next Top Model Season 19 : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition
First of all, I am so loving the new concept of America’s Next Top Model College Edition. When I was watching the first episode, I thought Tyra Banks decided to let people call in or text to vote for their favorite ANTM contestants. Thankfully, she had something cooler in mind – use social media!

America’s Next Top Model and Social Media

Being a social media practitioner myself (though I handle restaurants), I am happy about the new scoring system of America’s Next Top Model Season 19. This gives the audience/viewers or fans of the show a chance to somehow control who gets voted out of the competition. And it’s just smart to use social media since it’s the most powerful tool now for any brand or company to promote themselves. I think Tyra’s using social media pretty well, don’t you think?

I also like the idea of giving the wannabe models that were eliminated a chance to go back in the competition through the power of social media. I’m especially glad about this NOW that I have no one else to root for amongst the ones who are still in the show.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans, Bryanboy and Johnny Wujek

The addition of Kelly, Rob and Bryanboy is one of the amazing things about Season 19 of America’s Next Top Model. I love Kelly Cutrone, with her fierce comments. Rob Evans, and all his gorgeousness, is surprisingly a pretty awesome judge himself. I agree with him and his comments 99% of the time.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans and Bryanboy in America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Bryanboy – I know he’s Pinoy and I’ve heard some issues with him before, but I like him on the show too, especially when he told Yvonne off with her nasty attitude during one of the shoots.

Johnny Wujek is a great addition too. I feel like he has contributed more to the show because of his insights and the way he handles the models during their photo shoots. Oh, and he’s Katy Perry‘s stylist, so that’s another PLUS. And, of course, he’s gorgeous too. 🙂

Johnny Wujek on America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

America’s Next Top Model Comeback : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

Everyone has his or her own bad days, and this happens to the best of us. So, I am really hoping that either Brittany or Leila is brought back into the competition through their social media scores.

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition Comeback Web series
(If you haven’t yet, watch America’s Next Top Model Comeback Web series)

I am crossing my fingers for Brittany and Leila. I think Leila will be a stronger competitor though ’cause I find that Brittany is a little boring during most of her shoots. I LOVE her on this Walt Disney shoot though:

Brittany's Walt Disney photo

Leila looks more like a high-fashion model, so I am rooting for her first before Brittany. But, either of them is okay in my book.

Leila of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Victoria is Weird

Beautifully weird – I’m not sure. The way she comes into every photo shoot, with all the crazy characters she comes up with, is just too funny for words.

Victoria of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Sure, this is all because of her being home-schooled and well-pampered by her mother. I hope and wish she’ll grow up, seriously, ’cause I think she’s a very smart young girl who needs a ton of maturing to do. And I hope her mom helps her with that.

Who Am I Rooting For?

I am rooting for Lauren and Kiara now. Well, that’s only because I have no other choice but them 2. They’re the lesser evils.

Kiara of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Nastasia, I used to like, but she’s been boring recently.

Nastasia of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Kristin is hot and pretty. But, I think she’s just lucky she has the looks. With that said, she’s not a fierce high-fashion model to me. Plus, her personality sucks. 😀

Kristin of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

I don’t like Lauren for her attitude too, but she’s one of the top competitors now. I love her zombie photo shoot.

Lauren's zombie photo - I love her!

Who are YOU supporting in America’s Next Top Model College Edition?

Photo Credits: America’s Next Top Model on CWTV

America’s Next Top Model Season 19 : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition
First of all, I am so loving the new concept of America’s Next Top Model College Edition. When I was watching the first episode, I thought Tyra Banks decided to let people call in or text to vote for their favorite ANTM contestants. Thankfully, she had something cooler in mind – use social media!

America’s Next Top Model and Social Media

Being a social media practitioner myself (though I handle restaurants), I am happy about the new scoring system of America’s Next Top Model Season 19. This gives the audience/viewers or fans of the show a chance to somehow control who gets voted out of the competition. And it’s just smart to use social media since it’s the most powerful tool now for any brand or company to promote themselves. I think Tyra’s using social media pretty well, don’t you think?

I also like the idea of giving the wannabe models that were eliminated a chance to go back in the competition through the power of social media. I’m especially glad about this NOW that I have no one else to root for amongst the ones who are still in the show.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans, Bryanboy and Johnny Wujek

The addition of Kelly, Rob and Bryanboy is one of the amazing things about Season 19 of America’s Next Top Model. I love Kelly Cutrone, with her fierce comments. Rob Evans, and all his gorgeousness, is surprisingly a pretty awesome judge himself. I agree with him and his comments 99% of the time.

Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans and Bryanboy in America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Bryanboy – I know he’s Pinoy and I’ve heard some issues with him before, but I like him on the show too, especially when he told Yvonne off with her nasty attitude during one of the shoots.

Johnny Wujek is a great addition too. I feel like he has contributed more to the show because of his insights and the way he handles the models during their photo shoots. Oh, and he’s Katy Perry‘s stylist, so that’s another PLUS. And, of course, he’s gorgeous too. 🙂

Johnny Wujek on America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

America’s Next Top Model Comeback : Bring Brittany or Leila Back!

Everyone has his or her own bad days, and this happens to the best of us. So, I am really hoping that either Brittany or Leila is brought back into the competition through their social media scores.

America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition Comeback Web series
(If you haven’t yet, watch America’s Next Top Model Comeback Web series)

I am crossing my fingers for Brittany and Leila. I think Leila will be a stronger competitor though ’cause I find that Brittany is a little boring during most of her shoots. I LOVE her on this Walt Disney shoot though:

Brittany's Walt Disney photo

Leila looks more like a high-fashion model, so I am rooting for her first before Brittany. But, either of them is okay in my book.

Leila of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Victoria is Weird

Beautifully weird – I’m not sure. The way she comes into every photo shoot, with all the crazy characters she comes up with, is just too funny for words.

Victoria of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Sure, this is all because of her being home-schooled and well-pampered by her mother. I hope and wish she’ll grow up, seriously, ’cause I think she’s a very smart young girl who needs a ton of maturing to do. And I hope her mom helps her with that.

Who Am I Rooting For?

I am rooting for Lauren and Kiara now. Well, that’s only because I have no other choice but them 2. They’re the lesser evils.

Kiara of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Nastasia, I used to like, but she’s been boring recently.

Nastasia of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

Kristin is hot and pretty. But, I think she’s just lucky she has the looks. With that said, she’s not a fierce high-fashion model to me. Plus, her personality sucks. 😀

Kristin of America's Next Top Model Season 19 College Edition

I don’t like Lauren for her attitude too, but she’s one of the top competitors now. I love her zombie photo shoot.

Lauren's zombie photo - I love her!

Who are YOU supporting in America’s Next Top Model College Edition?

Photo Credits: America’s Next Top Model on CWTV