Toys R Us sets Black Friday sale for 9 p.m. Thursday
Also, Macy's will open its doors at midnight on Thanksgiving.
This post comes from Melinda Fulmer at MSN Money.
Just when you thought Black Friday couldn't come any sooner, Toys R Us announced this past weekend that its Black Friday specials will start at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and run until 1 p.m. Friday.
It's not clear how many of its door busters will be available online. There weren't a lot of jaw-dropping deals in the ad, however there were plenty of 40% off and 50% off toy offers. Here are a few of them worth noting:
- Sylvania 7" Android 2.2 Tablet or Netbook for $74.99
- Kinect sensor for Xbox with Kinect Adventures game for $99
- Playmobile Skull and Bones Pirate Ship for $17.49
- Huffy 3-2-1 Convertible Trike for $49.99
- Star Wars Flying Radio Control Millenium Falcon for $24.99
- Razor Scooters for $19.99
Macy's will open its doors at midnight after Thanksgiving, with a number of decent door-buster deals on apparel, small appliances and jewelry. Indeed, with 88 pages of sale items, it seems that the whole store is on sale. Post continues below.
The department store chain is also sweetening the pot, offering a $10 coupon for purchases over $25 Friday and Saturday until 1 p.m., as well as a coupon for an extra 15% off all sale-priced apparel. Online shoppers can score these extra savings with a coupon code found in the ad:
Some of the best deals included:
- Serta Perfect Sleeper Firm Queen 2-pc mattress set for $249
- Womens Charter Club Cashmere Sweaters for $39.99
- Diamond accent hoop earrings in 14K white gold for $99.99
- Mens Hawke & Co. parka for $69.99 (reg. $280)
- Assorted kitchen appliances for $9.99 after rebate
- Pyrex 14-piece bakeware set for $19.99
More on MSN Money:
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- Best Buy unveils Black Friday deals
- Wal-Mart's Black Friday starts Thursday night
- Best things to buy in November
- Calculator:Is your budget in balance?
- 15 Black Friday myths busted
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition..
This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?
Just remember the best way to save money is to plan ahead and only purchase what you've planned for. If you can't afford it, it's not a bargain no matter how good the price is. One of the best guides to saving money and lowering stress at Christmas is on Amazon Kindle: "Have Yourself a Merry Low Stress Christmas". I just read it and know I'm going to have more of the Christmas I want this year and less of the stress I don't need. It's time to stop living up (and spending) to other people's expectations.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Kinect $99 in the first place?
The store love "Black Friday" because it will give them a way to sell all the old stuff at a cheap price and every body love it.
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