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-- one of the biggest shopping days of the year -- is here. Deals for the big day have been going on all month long at , , and . But for some items, prices are expected to drop even lower on Black Friday, and plus mean you may be better off buying gifts in person now rather than waiting for online delivery. If you're heading out to stores, make sure you're there in good time to take advantage of the biggest savings.
If you're planning to shop in stores in addition to or instead of hitting up online sales, you'll need to brush up on store hours. If you're shopping on Thanksgiving Day, here's a . Keep reading for Black Friday store hours this year for retail chains like , , Sam's Club and more.
What time will the stores open on Black Friday this year?
Here's when the following stores will open on Black Friday, but be aware that individual store hours may vary by state and region.
Black Friday store hours
|Best Buy||5 a.m.|
|Bed Bath & Beyond||6 a.m.|
|Sam's Club||Between 8 and 10 a.m. depending on membership.|
|Bath & Body Works||6 a.m.|
|Apple stores||8 a.m.|
|Hobby Lobby||8 a.m.|
|Home Depot||6 a.m.|
|TJ Maxx||7 a.m.|
Looking for early Black Friday deals?
Here's the good news: You don't need to wait for the stores to open on Friday. Many of those same deals are already available now. Here's a selection of our favorites.
With the arrival of Beats new Fit Pro earbuds, I assumed we'd see some nice discounts on the earlier and less feature-rich Beats Studio Buds, which list for $150, or only $50 less than the new $200 Beats Fit Pro. I predicted we might see their price dip to $100 and sure enough, that's what their price is (and a new low).
The Beats Studio Buds look a lot like the rumored stemless AirPods that people were talking about but never materialized -- as AirPods anyway. Geared toward both iOS and Android users, they're missing a few key features on the Apple side of things (there's no H1 or W1 chip), but they're small, lightweight earbuds that are comfortable to wear and offer good sound. They fit most ears securely, including mine -- I run with them without a problem -- but others may find a better fit with the Beats Fit Pro and their integrated wing tips.
They're a Black Friday deal of the day at Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, but Amazon is one-upping its competitors by also offering a $10 Amazon gift card at check out with the code BYZPPJADUODB at checkout. The deal is set to expire at the end of the day.
Amazon has Apple's newest AirPods, the AirPods 3, on sale for just $150. That's $30 less than the Apple Store and their lowest price to date. Note that at Amazon, you get an extra $5 off at checkout -- it's listed in green under the larger red price. If you don't see "Save $5 at checkout," the deal has expired. The AirPods 3 have been in and out of stock at this price.
Google's 2nd-gen Nest Hub smart display offers a 7-inch display that you can watch videos on, read recipes, host video chats and so much more. You can ask Google Assistant to help with math problems, conversions, to tell you the weather each day, and even to help with controlling your smart home gear. At this price, you may want to just grab two of them since you're going to want them around the house.
Amazon last refreshed the Fire HD 8 tablet in 2020 by doubling the on-board storage, enhancing the processor inside and adding USB-C charging instead of Micro-USB. It comes in four different colors and if you want to upgrade to the 64GB model you can for an extra $30.
The Apple Watch SE has been a hot item this holiday season, and Best Buy is the first major retailer to have it on sale. The $219 price is for the 40mm mode, but the 44mm model is $60 off as well (selling for $249). These watches come in lots of cool color combinations, but are selling out quickly (some colors are already gone), so we recommend moving fast on this deal. You get six free months of Apple's Fitness Plus service included.