Black Friday has become an American institution. Nowhere else in the world do shoppers get up in the middle of the night, pull on their sweatpants and head out to big box stores in order to fight crowds of sleep-deprived bargain hunters looking for deals. We decided to poll you on Facebook and Twitter to find out where you’re headed on Black Friday. It seems that many of you plan to stay in bed rather than participate in Black Friday shopping. And that’s fine with serious shoppers because that just means more deals for them. Don't forget to check up on the Ben's Bargains Black Friday Deals page before you head out, too!
Sarah Marie: Toys “R” Us and Target. I'm waiting for the ads to come out on the internet to see where else I need to go. Last year, I went to Toys “R” Us the week ahead of Black Friday. I bought all my items that were going to be on sale on Black Friday only. Then I brought in my receipt ON Black Friday and they gave me the current price. I saved at least 50-70% on my total order.
Doug Cone: I'll be hiding. After spending seven Black Fridays working for big box retail stores like Best Buy you couldn't pay me enough to even come close to a store that day. People just get stupid.
Chase Cronin: I'm not going anywhere...at least not without a plan. Spending without a plan will get you into trouble (so says Dave Ramsey).
Trisha Keehn Goins: Best Buy! They always have some electronic-of-the-moment for a ridiculous price! Haven't seen their deals for this year yet, but they've never let me down in the past ;)
Justin Andes: Probably work and go straight home to relax with my wife because: 1) Nothing can really top shopping in New York. And 2) The psycho crowds aren't really worth it to me... unless it's New York.
Darren Whitehead: Work. Afterwards I might throw a few elbows and try to find something at Kohl’s and Target.
Jason Robertson: Nowhere. I am told the deals will come to me and start earlier than Black Friday. So Black Friday will be a decent sale instead of massive discounts. For example, Wal Mart sold off 46" and 52" TVs sometime last weekend in a massive sale for $600 and $800 respectively I believe. Suppliers have adjusted inventory and while sales will be plentiful, they won’t be as deep as what we saw last year.
Stephanie Storm: I'm gonna comb the ads on Thanksgiving Day and come up with a game plan. I can tell you that whoever has the best sales will be first on my list. Last year they were giving away free bags of coffee beans at Cost Plus World Market and so if they do that again...I will be there!
CFfreebies: While I do love to shop, I am avoiding Black Friday this year!
cricketHPFP: Avoiding shopping at all on Black Friday...in fact, I can't remember the last time I was at a mall...
MackenzieImage: I'm shopping online!
By Alison Storm
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* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.
There’s still plenty of cold weather left this season that this next sale at The Sports Authority would come in handy. Select jackets from makers like The North Face, Columbia, Gerry and Slalom are now on sale at up to 50% off, bringing many styles in at lowest seen prices. Sale runs through 02/12/2016.