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Everyone has a plan for Black Friday shopping, but is it the right one? Here are a few surefire shopping strategies.

Before you become a part of the crowd chaos, take a couple minutes to plan your hunt for the big bargains.

There are plenty of apps to make your shopping easier.

Pat Dermody is the president of, a mobile platform that locates the deals near you.

"So, on your phone or on your iPad, you can find all your favorite Sunday ads," Dermody explains. "So, whether its Macy's or Target or Toys ‘R Us, or Mariano's or Kohl's.."

Another great app is TGI Black Friday. The IOS and Android app was made specifically for Black Friday. It boasts over 10,000 deals from dozens of stores. You can even get push notifications for the latest deals.

And according to, you don't have to camp outside stores anymore. DealNews says last year up to 70 percent of in-store Black Friday deals were also available online.

Experts predict the best Black Friday bargains will be found in the electronics section.

And remember, more and more stores are kicking off Black Friday on Thursday, Thanksgiving night.

"Best Buy is opening at 6, Walmart is opening at 6, Macy's is opening at 8, Sears is opening at 8, Bon-Ton I think is opening at 8, so Thanksgiving night instead of sitting at home in front of the TV," Dermody says.

If you want to compare prices on your phone among different retailers for a product, try apps like PriceGrabber or ShopSavvy.

To help you find parking, there's an app called ParkMe that actually guides you to an open space. Other similar apps include Parkopedia and ParkingWhiz.


The list below, compiled by FOX News Latino, includes links to store locators and their deals, as well as some helpful apps to sort through the big deals.


Retail Chains Opening On Thanksgiving & Black Friday


Open Thanksgiving Day, 6 p.m. to midnight.

One round of discounts goes from 6 to 8 p.m. and another round lasts from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Black Friday sales begin at 8 a.m. on Friday. 


Doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay open until 11:00 p.m. Friday. 


Macy's is opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in its history. Most stores stay open until 10 p.m. Friday. 

Best Buy

Opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and closes at 10 p.m. Friday.!/doorbusters   

Toys "R" Us

Many stores open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will remain open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. 

JC Penny

Doors open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and stay open through the night until 9 p.m. Friday. 


Doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay open until midnight Friday. 


Doors open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and close at 11:00 p.m. on Friday. 

Lord & Taylor

The chain is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Lord & Taylor reopens for Black Friday at 5 a.m. and stays open until 11 p.m.. 


On Thanksgiving Day, 116 stores in major cities including Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco will be open with nearly 200 other stores opening that night at midnight. 

Old Navy

More than 80 percent of Old Navy stores, about 900 of them, will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will reopen again at midnight, closing at 11 p.m. on Black Friday.,6522820,quickStoreLocator&clink=6522820   

Banana Republic

On Thanksgiving Day, 54 Banana Republic stores will be open with 50 more across the country opening at midnight for Black Friday. 


Doors open on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m. and stay open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. 

Not Open on Thanksgiving

Nordstorm's, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Sam's Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco, Ross Stores, Lowe's, Von Maur and Cabela's.

Helpful Shopping Apps

According to an article by the Washington Post, these are the seven apps that will lead to "smoother shopping":

PriceGrabber: Compare prices on an item from different stores.

BuyVia: Search for local deals for a specific item.

TGI Black Friday: Skim through 10,000 deals and get discount notifications from an app specially designed to help people shop on Black Friday.

ShopSavvy: Scan items and compare prices from different stores. It also offers a map.

Flipp: Go through all the store advertisements showcasing their deals.

ShopAdvisor: This app helps you track specific products and then alerts you when they are likely to hit the best price.

Black Friday App: Overwhelmed by all the deals? Don't know what to buy? Pick a store and work from there with this app.

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