My Top 10 Favorite Stores for Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday 2015 is upon us (and already started in some instances)!!!  So I’ve put together a guide to my Top 10 Favorite Stores for Black Friday Deals.  Now, this is in no way a complete lists of stores I will shop at for Black Friday 2015 deals, but it’s the stores that I routinely shop at year-after-year.  Read on to find out more about the deals at each of these stores and a peek at what I’m shopping for where products-wise.  Be sure to check out my Black Friday Survival Guide for tips on how to strategize, and check out Brittany’s tips as well over at The Lady Lawyer!!!

Without further ado, here we go in alphabetical order:

NOTE: some items mentioned below may be “in-store” only, so be sure to read the fine print carefully!  Also, verify what time your local stores will be opening, as I’ve ran across some fine print that suggests it could vary based on location!!!
1. Amazon
Black Friday is usually a great time to get a Kindle if you’re in need of one, and they also make perfect gifts!  Amazon is actually having deals all this week.  Details here.  
2. Bath & Body Works
I usually do pretty good at the BB&W Black Friday sale, and I’ve found that the trick is to shop in-store instead of online.  Online sale starts at 6 a.m. on Thursday, and most stores open at 6 p.m. on Thursday night.  On Black Friday, my local store allows coupons and deals to be stacked, so I always save up my $10 off $30 and Free Item coupons to use on that day.  You can google “Bath and Body Works printable coupons” to see if you can find any to use in store–I usually have the best luck on  Retail Me Not or Coupon Sherpa.  B&BW also will have the VIP tote valued at over $100 on sale for a low price (it’s stocked with products and is usually $20 with a $40 purchase–they’ll have a coupon code for it if you’re shopping online).  It’s a great time to stock up on gifts as they usually have great deals on their signature collection products and the 2-packs of Wallflowers.
3. JC Penney’s
JCP was my original Black Friday store that I’ve hit up ever since I started Black Friday shopping when I was in undergrad.  I like to purchase clothes and home goods during their Black Friday sale. They’re currently have one day deals each day through Wednesday, and their Black Friday sale starts online and in-store on Thursday. Most stores will open Thursday at 3 p.m. Be sure to check Retail Me Not because there’s usually coupon codes you can use!
4. Kohl’s 
Kohl’s is another of my favorite stores to shop for Black Friday.  For the past 2 years, I’ve done excellent getting Kane’s toddler toys from Kohl’s.  I also like to pick up gifts for my dad and papaw from here.  I think they already have at least some of their Black Friday deals up online, and stores open at 6 p.m. on Thursday.  They usually have some stackable coupon codes (take an extra 15% off with code TURKEYTIME), you can get $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend, and you can also build up rewards through their YES2YOU rewards program. Update: I spent just over $150 online.  I earned $45 in Kohl’s cash and a $5 YES2YOU reward for a total of $50 that I will use to purchase more Christmas gifts!
5.  Sephora
Sephora always has a bunch of beauty steal sets that are only $10, which are usually huge savings! Temptalia has a list here of the deals and how much you save.  I have my eyes on the Tarte sets and the Jack Black set.
6. Small Shops
Did you know that many small shops have Black Friday deals as well?  Be sure to follow your favorite small shops, Etsy stores, etc. on social media and be on the lookout for special deals this week and through Cyber Monday!!! I got some great deals this way last year.
7. Target
Target is my happy place, but you already know that.  I did a HUGE post on Target’s 40% off clothing, accessories, and women’s boots deal that they have as part of their Black Friday deals (ideas for 4 holiday outfits that can all be mixed and matched for a winter capsule wardrobe).  They’re having tons of other great deals which you can view here.  I always like browsing to see what I can find!  The first few pages of their Black Friday deals can be shopped in-store and online on Wednesday, and doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday for the rest of the deals (unsure of when those Thursday deals will pop up online, but I would start checking at midnight EST Thursday morning).
8. Toys ‘R Us
Being a mom, of course I have to include Toys ‘R Us!  They have some amazing deals on toys this year, and if you’re a rewards member, you can already shop over 100 of their Black Friday deals right now using code BLACK FRIDAY (if you’re not already a rewards member, you can go ahead and sign up now).  Sales start online at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, and stores open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with in-store doorbuster deals.
9. Victoria’s Secret
VS is another Black Friday beginning store for me.  They always have their limited edition tote with $75 purchase.  Additionally, bras will be BOGO 50% off, you can score free slippers with a pajama purchase with code FA1512490 or LOVESLIPPERS (you can get that deal now), there will be special VS PINK deals, and you may be able to find coupon codes for additional savings.  Deals will post here once VS decides to officially post them.  Some deals require coupon codes that are usually posted, but be sure to check Retail Me Not for any coupon codes.  Also, Angel Cardholders will be able to score the tote and the bra deals starting Wednesday!  Oh, and you get a free Secret Rewards Card with any purchase right now.

10. Walmart
Walmart always has a great mix of items on sale for the entire family.  I’m totally planning on getting the Canon Rebel T5 with 2 lens kit for $399 with certain free add-ons, the huge set of Sharpies for $10, and some of the movies that are super cheap for Kane.  Get all the details here.  The doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday, but the deals are listed as being online all-day. Based on prior experience with Walmart’s sales, this usually means they go live at 3 a.m. EST, but please check with your local Walmart to confirm.

Don’t forget to check to my Black Friday Survival Guide.  I kill it on Black Friday every year (knock on wood) and I’m sharing my tips and tricks for how to not only survive, but for how to get almost everything you want!!!

And I can’t stress this enough–be sure to use Ebates as you’re Black Friday shopping, especially since they usually have increased cash back at certain retailers for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales (check their site for details)! I use Ebates every time I shop online. It’s a legitimate website that gives you cash back for your purchases from some of my favorite stores, including Target and Old Navy. You even get some just for signing up!  You can join now by clicking here. They’ll even have special cash back deals around Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season. If you want to know more about Ebates first, then check out my in-depth post about why I use the website.  
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