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Sleep in and score on Black Friday


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Guest Post: SouthFlorida.com party girl Micaela Hood says skip all the Black Friday early sales. South Florida department stores offer deals and ways to relax for ladies who lunch.

If holiday shopping on Thanksgiving makes you feel like a Grinch, we have a Black Friday plan that will let you sleep in and still score at sales.

Not only are some South Florida department stores opening at a civilized hour, they also are offering ways to relax on the busiest shopping day of the year. Many offer restaurants, bars and spa and beauty services in salons.

"It doesn't have to be a frenzy experience. Go in, shop and then have a nice ladies' lunch," says Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus, which has stores in Fort Laudredale and Boca Raton.

Following is a rundown of stores, hours and Black Friday specials and events.

Bloomingdale's: Shop and then wine and dine at Petrossian Rendez-vous Cafe and Forty Carrots from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Boca Raton, 561-394-2000; 59th and Lex Cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Aventura, 305-792-1000.

Dillard's: Find plenty of the steals at this trendy department from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-5245, and Plantation, 954-370-8182.

H&M: The on-trend stores are offering $5 sweaters and $10 pants and other deals from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., so you can buy something for everyone on your list. 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-626-9445, and 541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 855-466-7467.

JC Penney: JCP is holding its "One Big Sale of the Year" from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and giving away 80 million buttons that can be redeemed for a chance to win prizes including vacations, merchandise and gift cards.

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Neiman Marcus: Grab a friend, shop from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and then gossip over a glass (or two) of wine at the Little Mermaid Bar at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-6666. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Boca Raton, get complimentary facials and then head to Mariposa, right, for a snack and a cocktail, 561-417-5151.

Nordstrom: Forget Thanksgiving leftovers and make a reservation at Bistro N. Yummy eats include crab bisque, steak au poivre and crispy chicken frites. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-620-5555.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., this high-end department store will offer specials and complimentary makeovers at Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-393-9100.

Doreen Christensen contributed to this report.

mhood@sunsentinel.com

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Toys R Us opens at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving, offers free $30 gift bags


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Toys R Us will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, adding to the retail trend to push holiday shoppers out of homes well before midnight on Black Friday.

The Wayne, New Jersey retailer will offer a free $30 goodie bag stuffed with toys to the first 200 shoppers in line on Thursday, according to a release.

The first 200 shoppers in line on Thanksgiving will receive a complimentary "Great Big Goody Bag" filled with $30 in stocking stuffers. The retailer also will offer more than 200 doorbusters deals and free gifts on toys Thursday through Saturday.

Some of the offers: A free $20 Toys RUs Gift Card and $30 bonus iTunes Multipack valued at $50 with the purchase of a 4th Gen Apple 16GB iPod touch; a free Nintendo 3DS Headset ($29.99 value) with the purchase of any Nintendo 3DS Hardware and $100 savings on Samsung Galaxy 11 Tablets (was $399) and $50 off a COBY 19” LED HD TV– (was $149.99).

"With Toys“R”Us stores opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, an early stop at The World’s Greatest Toy Store will allow savvy savers across the country even more hours to shop for Black Friday values on the toys their children named in their letters to Santa," according to the press release.

Toys R Us will preview deals to its 3.2 million fans on the Facebook starting at noon on Monday.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving for Black Friday


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Target continues the retail trend of pushing Black Friday into Thanksgiving Day.

For the first time, the Minneapolis-based retailer will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Nov. 22, according to a release.

The retailer plans to offer 9 p.m. doorbuster deals on hot electronics and toys and also will offer additional deals starting at 4 a .m. It also will offer special deals online only at Target.com on Thanksgiving Day for REDcard holders.

“We heard from our guests that they look forward to kicking off their holiday shopping with deal-hunting on Thanksgiving night. Opening at 9 p.m. gives Target’s Black Friday guests a more convenient way to create an after-dinner shopping event that the entire family can enjoy,” said Kathee Tesija, executive vice president, Merchandising, Target, said in a release.

“Guests can shop with confidence throughout the entire holiday weekend knowing that Target offers incredible value on items for decorating, entertaining and gift giving.”

Some of the 9 p.m. deals: Apex 32” LCD TV for $147, Nikon L310 digital camera for $99.99, Nook Simple Touch e-reader for $49, Beats Headphones for $179.99, Sony PS3 console with two games and a controller for $199.99 and board games for $7.ole, two games and a wireless controller)

Bonus 4 a.m. to noon Friday doorbusters deals: Spend $50 or more on apparel, accessories or home products will earn a $10 Target GiftCard to use toward a future purchase. Also at 4 a.m., Target will release four additional doorbuster deals:
·Samsung 50” 1080p LED HDTV for $699, Canon A3400 Camera Bundle for $89.99, Fisher-Price Doodlepro Classic for $10 and Leapfrog Explorer Software for $15.

Target.com-only Thanksgiving Day deals online for REDcard holders: KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer for $199, Sony Portable Dock or $39.99, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, The Black Pearl for $74.99, Barbie Furniture Set, for $35.00

Target holiday hours:
Nov. 22-23: 9 p.m. (Thursday) to 10 or 11 p.m. (Friday)
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m.


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Walmart Black Friday deals on iPads, TV start 10 p.m. Thanksgiving


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Walmart likes to roll back prices, and now the world's largest retailer also is rolling back Black Friday — into Thanksgiving Day.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer will offer "Black Friday" deals on iPads and TVs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday while introducing a new gimmick to lure shoppers away from dinner tables and family gatherings.

Walmart's "One-Hour Guarantee" promises that shoppers inside stores and in line between 10 and 11 p.m. on Nov. 22 can purchase a 16GB Apple iPad with Wi-Fi for $399 and get a $75 Walmart Gift Card. The guarantee also includes a 32-inch Emerson LCD TV for $148 and a LG Blu-ray player for $38.

If the three items sell out before 11 p.m., Walmart will offer customers a guarantee card. Items must be paid for by midnight and registered online and then they will be shipped to stores for pickup before Christmas.

"We know it's frustrating for customers to shop on Black Friday and not get the items they want," says Duncan Mac Naughton, Walmart's chief merchandising and marketing officer, in a release. "This year, for the first time ever, customers that shop during Walmart's one-hour event will be guaranteed to have three of the most popular items under their tree at a great low price."

The strategy may lure early bargain-happy shoppers in South Florida.

Christine Neely, 32, of Boca Raton, and her sister, Dawn Mathews, 30, of Deerfield Beach, plan to be in line at 7 p.m. to get the iPad and TV.

"This is an amazing deal. To get a $75 gift card is huge savings on an Apple product," says Neely.

She's been planning her Black Friday strategy with her two sisters and a friend for three weeks. Target and Toys R Us also are on their must-hit list.

"My sister and I are planning on getting there at 7 p.m. to get in line. You're not going to get this deal at Apple. You know you are guaranteed to get the items you go for. That's a big plus. But I wonder how the lines are going to work. That's the big question."

Many retailers are devising fresh ways to lure shoppers this year as holiday spending is expected to rise only 4.1 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. That's down from 5.6 percent growth in 2011.

The holiday shopping season traditionally kicks off before dawn on the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday. This year's trend is to lure midnight shoppers into stores on Thursday evening, bellies full from holiday feasts.

Sears will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open overnight until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Kmart will be open on Thanksgiving as it has been for 21 years.

Consumer electronics retailer BrandsMart U.S.A. will open its seven South Florida stores at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, says Bobby Johnson, COO.

Sawgrass Mills, the 350-store outlet mega-mall in Sunrise, has announced a 9 p.m. Thanksgiving opening and says it will leave the lights on more than 24 hours.

Some big-box retailers are keeping with tradition.

Best Buy, Macy's and Kohl's plan to open at midnight again. Target has not announced plans. Last year, the retailers were closed on Thanksgiving and kicked off Black Friday sales at midnight.

Walmart keeps stores open overnight between Thanksgiving and Black Friday after an employee was trampled to death in Long Island on Black Friday in 2008.


Reuters supplemented this report.

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Macy's offering hot deals at midnight on Black Friday


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For the second year, Macy's will open at midnight on Black Friday, offering doorbuster deals on jewelry, electronics, home goods and more on Nov. 23.

Macy's is encouraging shoppers to download its mobile app for iPhone to locate deals this year and also is offering sneak peeks on its Facebook fan page.

Here's a highlight of bargains:

Half-carat t.w. diamond studs in 14k white gold for $199

Quarter-carate t.w. diamond hoops in sterling silver for $39.99

Coffee Makers, Tea Kettles and Espresso Makers for 40 percent off

Free high-definition headphones with any $75 or more men’s or women’s fragrance purchase and Macy’s will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish (up to $100,000).

Free sweater when you purchase jeans from American Rag for Juniors.

Easy Spirit, Aerosoles, Guess, White Moutain, Madden Girl, Rampage Boots for $19.99 to $39.99

Tag Fairfield 5-piece Luggage Sets for $49.99

Macy's opened at midnight last year and decided to give customers another head-start on holiday shopping this year, according to a press release.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Black Friday Survival Guide: Top tips to plan your Nov. 23 shopping strategy























There are just three weeks to go before the midnight madness begins on Nov. 23.

We’re talking about Black Friday, and if you want to score the best deals on holiday gifts, you’ll need to use the next few weeks to draw up a battle plan by deciding what to buy and researching where to go to get the most bang for your buck.
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“People get caught up in the hype and emotion of Black Friday and get swept away and overbuy during the frenzy and the excitement,” says Jodi Furman, right, a shopping and savings expert in Lake Worth.

“Make a plan and a list and stick to it. Do not make any impulse purchases if it’s not on your list. Not matter how good the price, it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it.”

Furman, who writes the shopping and savings blog LiveFabuLESS.com, says you can sniff out the best bargains before and after Black Friday with a little planning.

Here’s her top tips on how to score the best deals:

Set a spending limit. Focus on what you need and what you can afford. Furman suggests you figure out how much you can afford to spend, set the budget and stick to it. “The best gift you can give to your family is one of financial stability. If you can’t afford to pay cash for a present right now, perhaps you don’t really need to be buying it.”

Do your homework. Check sales fliers online (many are already posted) and get the Thanksgiving Day newspaper to see what deals are being offered at what times. “Research what you what to buy now. Visit BFAds.net or BlackFriday.fm for a good overview of upcoming sales. These sites have search functions that help you find the best offers on what you want to purchase.”

Let someone else do your homework. Check popular savings sites like TotallyTarget.com and IHeartTheMart.com. They focus on the best sales at Target and Walmart. “These sites do the legwork for you so you can relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey and not stress about the sales.”

Score free gift cards. Some stores also offer free gift cards with purchase on popular electronics like iPods and video game consoles, she says. “Research those deals. They will be well advertised.”

Find shopping buddies. If you want to get items at more than one store, Furman suggests using the “divide and conquer” method. “If there are two or three of you, divide your lists between each person and one goes to each store to get the bargains for everyone.”

Use technology. Sign up for emails and text messages from your favorite retailers so you’ll automatically be notified of special offers. “Consult shopping blogs and download smartphone apps so you can get more for less. Not just less money, less stress, less time, less effort and less running around.” Furman recommends downloading apps like RedLaser.com for iPhone and ShopSavvy.com for Android smartphones. “Use the camera to scan barcodes and check prices online and brick-and-mortar stores to be sure you’re getting the best price. ShopKick also offers cash back and points for shopping at certain retailers.

Get rebates. Get cash back for online purchases by using sites like Ebates.com, FatWallet.com and Swagbucks.com. “The sites offer a percentage of your online purchases back in cash.”

Use price matching. For the first time, Target is price matching online competitors Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy and Toys R Us, Furman says. Save sales receipts in case you find a better price at a later date. “Some stores will do a price match and a price adjust so you’ll be able to get what you paid at the current advertised price. You won’t have to return the items and rebuy them. Just bring in your receipt with the ad (if you have it) to get your money back.” Saving receipts serves another purpose, too. “If you do accidentally overbuy, you can return items to keep within your budget.”

If you don’t feel like going out in the middle of the night, you’ll still find great bargains, Fuman says.

“You don’t need to run around to a bunch of different stores in the middle of the night,” Furman says. “There are great sales offered after Black Friday. There is usually another sales surge Dec. 8-10 and then again around Dec. 22-24. Just watch the newspaper ads.”

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Sears to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday


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Let's just call it Black Thursday.

For the first time, Sears will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, trying to get a jump on competitors to kick off the busiest shopping day of the year, according to a release. It will retmain open until 10 p.m. on Nov. 23.

Sears will feature doorbusters at 8 p.m. on Thursday and again on Friday starting at 4 a.m.

Kmart stores will be open from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. It will reopen for Black Friday at 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 23.

“We appreciate our SHOP YOUR WAY Members and want them – and all of our customers – to shop Sears and Kmart when they want, how they want,” said Ron Boire, executive vice president, of both chains, said in a press release. “Extending our hours is the first of several announcements we’ll make this holiday season to benefit our members and provide them with valuable perks and privileges.”

Both stores will be closed on Christmas Day, according to the press release.

Sawgrass Mills is opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Amazon.com launches Black Friday deals


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Black Friday has arrived early on Amazon.com.

The world's largest online retailer on Thursday opened its Black Friday Deals store, a pre-party if you will, offering steals on popular electronics like LED TVs, computers cameras, video game systems, toys, clothes and more through Nov. 19, according to a press release.

The retailer is planning on offering Black Friday Deals Week starting Monday, November 19,

The Seattle-based retailer's pre-Black Friday sale will offer a Deal of the Day, along with limited-time "door-buster Lightening Deals." Offers will be rolled out hourly in limited quantities.

The first offers included a great deal on Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Multi-Activity Table for $79.99. It normally sells for $109. Another offer is a Toshiba All-In-One Desktop, right, for $619. It normally sells for $1,199.

Holiday bargain hunters can sign up for email alerts so they don't miss any good buys.

Click here for the deal.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Sawgrass Mills to open at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night for Black Friday


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This gives new meaning to early bird.

Don't linger over that turkey dinner if you want to snap up Black Friday bargains at Sawgrass Mills this year.

The 350-store Sunrise outlet mall will open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night so eager holiday shoppers can start snapping up deals for Black Friday, according to a release.

The Simon property will be open for more than 24 hours. This is earliest the 350-store outlet mall has opened on the holiday. Last year, the mall opened at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.

“For great value and incredible brand selection, Sawgrass Mills can’t be beat,” said Joellyn Fellmeth, director of marketing and business development at Sawgrass Mills. “Our loyal local shoppers and out of town visitors will appreciate the additional time to shop, while our retailers can cash in on the start of another busy holiday season.”

Holiday shopping hours will be 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 9 p.m.,
10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, November 24 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 25.

For more information, call 954-846-2350 go to SawgrassMills.com.

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Freebies at Chili's through Christmas Eve


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Chili's is offering freebie coupons in daily deals through Christmas Eve.

Monday's deal is a free Brownie Sundae with entree purchase. The "Happy Holidaily" will have a different dining coupon each day, offering specials with purchase through Dec. 24. Roll over the calendar to see what's coming up.

Click here for the deal. Each coupon is good for one day only.

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Free Dippin' Dots from 5-10 a.m. on Black Friday


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Here's a great Black Friday treat: Get a free small cup of Dippin' Dots Ice Cream from 5 to 10 a.m. on on Friday, Nov. 25, with a coupon.

Get Dippin' Dots at Sawgrass Mills, Coral Square Mall, among other locations.

Click here for the deal. The coupon is good until 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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South Florida mall hours, parking and more for Black Friday























There are only a few hours left before South Florida shoppers will leave their dinner tables with full tummies -- and wallets -- and head to the malls for Black Friday deals this year.

Here’s a round up of everything you need to know before you hit the stores. We’ve compiled a list of South Florida mall hours, parking details, special services, crowd control information and Facebook fan pages to help you easily nagivate Black Friday sales this year.

In addition, our team of Sun Sentinel reporters will be out on the South Florida shopping scene, scoping early Black Friday deals and shortages, parking details and crowd information in real time on SunSentinel.com and Twitter.com starting at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night. To stay up to date and become a citizen reporter on Black Friday in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, follow and tweet on the Twitter hashtag #SflBlkFri.

BROWARD COUNTY:

BROWARD MALL in Plantation will open at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, although retailers like Macy's, the Disney Store and Express will be open at midnight. 101.5 LITE FM will be on site at the mall from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday and will be giving away Westfield Mall gift cards. The mall will also be giving away $50 Westfield gift cards every hour from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. A disc jockey from Miami will be performing inside the mall from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.

CORAL SQUARE MALL in Coral Springs will open its doors at midnight on Thanksgiving for the first time. The first 100 shoppers to visit Guest Services will receive a “Shoppers Survival Kit” goody bag filled with hand sanitizer, bottled water, chocolate, a mall directory and store coupons. The women’s apparel retailers, Papaya, will give away scratch-off cards with deals and a chance to win a $100 gift card to the first 500 people in the store. Coral Square Mall has a Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penney's and Gamestop inside.

THE GALLERIA will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, although retailers like Macy’s will open at midnight.

SAWGRASS MILLS will be open for 24-hours on Black Friday, from 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. But not all retailers inside the mall will open that early. The Nordstrom Rack in Sawgrass Mills won’t open it’s doors until 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

The Sunrise outlet shopping center will have a free shuttle running around the parking lot to help get shoppers back to their cars. Additional parking at the Bank Atlantic Center will be available. Customers can valet park their cars at the Oasis and Colonnade Outlets entrance for $10.

The mall also offers a service where shoppers can store or ship shopping bags while they continue to shop for $10 a bag. Drop off purchases at one of three shipment locations, which are near Bloomingdale's — The Outlet Store, the Burlington Coat Factory or the Bags to Go holding area near Super Target. When shoppers are ready to pick up a bag, they can call, text or email Bags to Go and a company representative will hand deliver their luggage curbside or to the parking spaces in between the Super Target and Brandsmart USA near the holding area.

POMPANO CITI CENTRE will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. The mall will host a Winter Wonderland extravaganza from Noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with Santa Claus photography, holiday performers, gift wrapping and other vendors.

PEMBROKE LAKES MALL will open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday. The mall will be giving away gift cards at the guest services kiosk on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6 a.m.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY:

AVENTURA MALL will open at 6 a.m., Friday Nov. 25 and will remain open until 10 p.m. Macy’s will open at midnight and Sears and JC Penney stores will open at 4 a.m. Bloomingdales and Nordstrom department stores will not open until 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The first 50 shoppers at clothing retailer Astoria will receive a free tote bag valued at $75. The first group of customers at the True Religion Brand Jeans store inside the Aventura Mall on Black Friday will receive a gift of their choice with any purchase while supplies last.

THE FALLS, an open-air outdoor shopping mall in Miami, will open at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, for Black Friday sales. Shoppers can pick up a holiday coupon book at the mall’s Guest Services, which features more than 55 participating retailers’ coupons. The mall is offering free valet parking on Black Friday through Dec. 26 at the Talbots entrance.

The Falls also offers a free shuttle service at all mall entrances. The schedule a pick-up, call the guest services center at 305-255-4571.

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MALL in Doral will open at midnight on Black Friday. The first 200 shoppers on Black Friday will receive a free “survival bag” that comes with a flier of all the Black Friday specials inside the mall and gifts from select retailers while supplies last. The bags will be handed out at the main food court entrance starting at midnight. Miami International shoppers will also get free espresso shots from Sedanos from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

DOLPHIN MALL opens its doors to shoppers at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening. The mall will be open through 10 p.m. Friday for 25 hours of continuous shopping and specials. Dolphin Mall customers can enter to win a $2,500 shopping spree between 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday. and a $5,000 shopping spree between 5 and 9 a.m. Friday. When the mall opens at 9 p.m., employees will meet shoppers at all mall entrances to hand out fliers detailing exclusive Black Friday store offers and promotions.

PALM BEACH COUNTY:

The BOYNTON BEACH MALL will open at 4 a.m. on Black Friday this year. The first 100 shoppers on Nov. 25 will receive a free food gift from Popeye’s. The mall hosts retailers like The Disney Store, Hot Topic , Bath & Body Works, Macy’s, Express, New York & Co. and Aldo.

The TOWN CENTER AT BOCA RATON will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. Retailers like Guess, American Eagle,Skechers, Bath & BodyWorks and Sears will open at 4 a.m. The first 100 shoppers to visit Guest Services at 8 a.m. will receive a “Shopper’s Survival Kit” goody bag filled with hand sanitizer, bottled water, snacks, candy, a mall directory and retail offers.

THE GARDENS MALL in Palm Beach Gardens will open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

THE MALL AT WELLINGTON GREEN will open at 6 a.m. Friday. Shoppers can enter to win a $2,500 shopping spree, Dell Inspiron laptop, giftcards and other prizes from opening to 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Black Friday shoppers camping out at Pembroke Pines Best Buy


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South Florida shoppers are already camping out on sidewalks for Black Friday deals days before Thanksgiving.

Several South Florida shoppers have pitched tents outside the Best Buy in Pembroke Pines on Pines Boulevard as early as Tuesday.

The Pines store has a huge sign out front letting customers know where the line begins. Most retailers are gearing up for Black Friday already this week, and crowd control and security has changed from year’s past.

Here's what you need to know before you line up:

Brandsmart USA : Opens at 10 p.m. Thursday; Stores will have lines outside the store. The Sawgrass Mills location will have lines that start from both entrances.

Target: Opens at midnight; Stores will be limiting the amount of people allowed inside the store this year. Shoppers will stand in a queue outside the store, and will be let inside in groups of 30 every 15 to 20 seconds, according to a Target spokesperson. There will also be a buffer zone at least 10 feet between the store entrance and the start of the line.

Best Buy: Opening at midnight; Uniformed police officers will man all locations to help keep crowds orderly throughout the weekend. At midnight, customers who have tickets for the doorbuster deals will be allowed to enter in groups of 50 at a time. Specific queue lines will be set up inside the store in each department.

Walmart: Doorbusters deals on toys, home decor start at 10 p.m. Thursday, electronics at midnight; So customers won’t have to wait outside. Lines will be set up inside each department where doorbuster deals are being offered.

Maps: Download store layouts of retail space on Facebook: Target and Walmart Facebook pages. The maps explain where departments are located and where the lines will start.


Photo by Taimy Alvarez, Sun Sentinel

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Retailers limit quantities on hot Black Friday deals


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Can’t wait to get your hot hands on a few LCD TVs this year on Black Friday? Well, make sure you read the fine print on retail advertisements before heading out to stores.

Most advertised Black Friday doorbuster deals are limited to one item per customer. Inventories at different stores will vary, so in order to fairly disperse merchandise, retailers may limit how many of the same item one person can buy.

So if you’re in the market to buy four big screen televisions, you might have to shop at four separate stores.

“It’s always been our policy to limit purchase quantities on items that have limited supplies,” said Ellen Stevens, spokesperson for Brandsmart USA. “We want to make sure that people lining up for specific items have the ability to purchase.”

Brandsmart USA publishes the limitations in its ads circulated in the Thanksgiving day newspaper.

Best Buy stores uses a ticketing system every year on Black Friday.

“Every major doorbuster item in the ad is assigned a ticket with a number. We number the tickets based on how many products we have in stock,” said Dennis Rosario, General Manager of the Best Buy in Davie. “Between 10-11 p.m. Thanksgiving night, our team goes outside to the line to pass out the tickets to the customers starting at the front of the line. Customers are allowed to purchase one of each doorbuster item.”

Best Buy plans to show an outdoor screening of the final installment of Harry Potter at select stores on Thanksgiving night ahead of it's midnight opening.

Walmart stores have used the ticket system for limited doorbuster deals in the past as well. Target ads state how many items each customer can buy, which depending on how popular retailers think that gift will be.

So if you’re looking to nab that LCD for $200 this year, it’s important to get in line early to ensure you will get the one you want.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Best Buy screening final 'Harry Potter' film for Black Friday shoppers on Thanksgiving


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Best Buy is planning on entertaining shoppers waiting in line for Black Friday deals with an exclusive outdoor screening of the blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" on Thanksgiving night.

The big-box electronics retailer's "Thanksgiving Outdoor Movie Night" will screen the seventh and final installment of the magical movie outside Central and South Florida stores starting at 9 p.m. in Davie, Pembroke Pines, Doral, West Kendall, Kissimmee and Millenia Mall ahead of the store's midnight opening.

There also will be prizes and refreshments served.

Click here for the deal.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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190,000-signature anti-Black Friday petition delivered to Target headquarters


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More than 190,000 signatures were tallied as part of an online petition demanding that Target change it’s Black Friday opening hours from midnight on Thanksgiving, according to a news release.

The petition was hand-delivered to Target head quarters on Monday, Nov. 21, by Seth Coleman, a Target employee from Minnesota. The campaign, which started on Change.org more than a week ago, is an attempt by retail employees to reverse Target’s decision to open late on Thanksgiving night for Black Friday shopping sales.

Target officials said that stores nationwide will still open at midnight.

Best Buy employees launched a similar campaign, which aimed to make the electronics retailer to push back opening hours on Black Friday.

More than 14,000 people have signed an online petition at change.org in an attempt to force Best Buy to open later than midnight on the day after Thanksgiving.

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Target employees across the country are not happy about having to cut their Thanksgiving holiday short in order to get to work for midnight Black Friday openings.

Click here to view the petition.

More than 190,000 disgruntled retail employees ralllied together, signing an online petition to reverse Target’s decision to open at midnight on the night after Thanksgiving dinner. The list keeps growing.

The campaign was launched by Anthony Hardwick, a Target parking lot attendant in Omaha, Neb., after learning that Target was opening at midnight on the biggest shopping day of the year, rathat than 5 a.m. like in year’s past. The new opening time requires employees to arrive at work around 11 p.m. Thanksgiving day.

Several petitions have been started on the Change.org platform by employees against retailers that plan to open early. Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and Kohl’s all plan to open at midnight on Thanksgiving, and Walmart and Brandsmart USA will open at 10 p.m. Toys R Us announced openings at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day earlier this week.

Click here to view the petition.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Black Friday shoppers already camping out at Florida Best Buy store


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Shoppers are already camping out for Black Friday sales at a Best Buy store in St. Petersburg.

According to TampaBayOnline.com, Christine Orta has pitched a tent outside the big-box electronics retailer and plans to share line-waiting duties with nine of her friends to get hot deals on big-screen TVs and computers when the store opens at midnight.

Meanwhile, the petition grows to more than 10,000 as Best Buy employees protest the early opening of the store.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Toys R Us to kick off Black Friday at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night


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Toys R Us will kick off Black Friday sales at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, the earliest sale being offered by any major retailer, according to a news release.

The toy retailer will run "doorbuster" sales for 24 hours, from 9 p.m. Thursday through 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

The Toys R Us Thanksgiving night opening is the earliest of any retailer announced so far. Walmart and Brandsmart USA will offer Black Friday promotions starting at 10 p.m.; Macy’s, Target, Kohl's and Best Buy will open at midnight.

Fans on Toys R Us' Facebook page can get a preview of the Black Friday discounts starting Monday, Nov. 14. Facebook fans also can enter to win a red carpet, private shopping experience at their local Toys R Us store before the Black Friday crowd enters.

Here's a roundup of deals starting at 9 p.m.:

Free $50 Toys R Us Gift Card with purchase of any Apple iPod Touch; Available on in-store purchases only; limit one per guest; valid six hours after activation and expires 1/28/12;

$199.99 Power Wheels Boss or Barbie 12-Volt Ford Mustang Ride-Ons. The price was $319.99;

50 percent off sales: LeapFrog Leapster 2 for $24.99; My Baby Alive for $22.49; Riptunes 2-GB MP3 Player with Video for $14.99; Sylvania 7-inch Android Tablet or 7-inch Android Netbook for $74.99 each

40 percent off: LeapFrog Leapster Software; Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultimate Optimus Prime for $47.99

35 percent off: Select LEGO Construction Sets; prices vary.

10 for $10 on all Squinkies two-Packs; Must purchase 10 to receive the deal; Originally $2.49 each;

Buy two, get the third free on Beyblade Metal Fusion Battle Tops; prices vary
$10 Special Value Pack of Babies R Us Diapers

Sales running from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25:

Free $19.99 Imaginarium Starter Kit with ANY Imaginarium or Crayola Easel priced at $19.99 (Limit one per guest)

Save $20 on Crayola Digital Camcorder and Camera (sold separately) for $29.99 each

Save $30 on Toys R Us-Exclusive Disney Princess Royal Talking Kitchen for $39.99

50 percent off sales: Tonka Bounce Back Racer for $14.99; LeapFrog Alphabet Pal for $9.99; Serta Master Sleeper Crib and Toddler Mattress for $89.99; Select Shermag Glider and Ottoman Combos or Newco Upholstered Recliners; prices vary.

40 percent off Select LEGO Construction Sets; prices vary,

Buy one get one free on Earth’s Best Variety or Pantry Packs; limit two; prices vary.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Walmart starting Black Friday deals at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving


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For the first time, Walmart will offer Black Friday deals starting on Thanksgiving, according to a news release.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Nov. 24, holiday bargain hunters can make mad grabs for toys, home items and clothes; at midnight, big-ticket electronics will go on sale, according to the release. This is the first time the world's largest retailer is offering Black Friday deals this early in the holiday shopping season.

Walmart also is offering access to store maps through Facebook.com to help customers plan their shopping strategies. To get a map, customers can visit the “My Local Walmart” application on Walmart’s Facebook fan page. Walmart also recently updated its Apple iPhone and iPadtarget="new" applications to help tech-savvy shoppers find deals.

Deals being offered include:

Starting at 10 p.m. Nov. 24:
• Xbox360 4GB with Kinect Console for $199.96 plus a $50 Walmart gift card
• DVDs starting at $1.96
• Jeep Wrangler, X Games ATV or Barbie Jeep 6V or 12V Ride-Ons at $99 each
• Barbie, Disney Princess or Bratz dolls for $5 each
• 8 foo- Inflatable Santa or Snowman for $20
• Paula Deen 20-Piece Cookware Set for $86.44
• Black & Decker Blender, Coffeemaker or Electric Griddle for $9.44 each
• Men's Wrangler, Ladies Rider or Junior LEI Jeans for $9.97 each
• Kids character sleepwear Sets for $4.47
• Rival Mini Chopper or 2-Slice Waffle Maker for $2.84 each

Starting at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 25:
• Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $188
• LG Blu-ray Player for $49
• Kodak C1450 14 mega pixel Camera for $49
• Sansui 19-inch TV for $98
• HP DJ-1051 All-in-One Printer for $19
• HP 15-inch AMD Dual-Core Laptop for $248
• Philip Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theatre for $178
• Magellan 4.7-inch GPS for $69
• 8GB iPod Touch for $195
• Samsung 51-inch Plasma TV for $498

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

Doreen Christensen contributed to this report.

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Best Buy joins Macy's, Target for midnight openings on Black Friday


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Best Buy is the newest retailer to announce Black Friday sales starting as early as midnight this year.

Along with Target, Kohl's and Macy's, this is the first year the electronics retailer will open at midnight for the biggest shopping day of the year. Check Bestbuy.com for local store hours.

The company opened at 5 a.m. last year on Black Friday.

Best Buy is running a promotion on Facebook beginning Nov. 20 that will give shoppers the chance to win one of 10 e-gift cards each day until Nov. 28. The price of the gift cards will rise with each day. The last day of the promotion, Best Buy will give away a $500 e-gift card.
Go to http://www.Facebook.com/BestBuy for more information.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Black Friday comes to Walmart stores on Saturday


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Walmart is offering South Florida shoppers early savings on electronics and toys with a "Super Saturday" sales event starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 5, at all stores.

The promotion will feature Black Friday-type deals on popular electronics and household items through midnight or while supplies last. The stores will give out free baloons and toys for kids, too.

Highlights of deals inlcude:
Xbox 360 250 GB with Kinect for $399 plus a $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card
Nook Color reader for $199 (was $249)
LG 47-inch LED TV for $698
Beter Homes & Gardens 10-cup Food Processpr for $39 (was $79)

This is the first time Walmart has offered holiday deals before Black Friday on Nov. 25.

For a full list of sales items, visit the Walmart Super Satuday event page on Facebook.

strong>Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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Macy's, Target and Kohl's to open at midnight on Black Friday


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Shoppers looking for a jump start on Black Friday deals can start as early as midnight for the first time ever at Macy’s, Target, and Kohl's this year, according to new releases.

All three stores' retail locations across the country will open at midnight on Black Friday. Regular store hours will also be extended through the holiday season, according to news releases.

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This is the first time that Macy's, Target and Kohl's will open at midnight for Black Friday sales.

Some of the deals, which you can preview each week on Macy's Black Friday tab on Facebook.com, including 1/2 carate diamond earrings for $199 and a Kitchenaid stand mixer for $179.

Target will be open from midnight to 11 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 25. Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 26. Extended hours will vary by location, available at Target.com.

Kohl's will be open for 24 hours, from midnight Friday to midnight Saturday. No word yet on sales deals.

Sunrise's Sawgrass Mills will be open 24 hours for non-stop shopping on Black Friday, too.
The shopping center will open its doors from 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, through 10 p.m. Nov. 25, to give shoppers a head start on exclusive deals and bargains
Last year Sawgrass Mills opened from midnight Thanksgiving through 9:30 p.m. the following day.

Target also is offering a price match guarantee during the holidays. If shoppers find a lower price on an identical item advertised locally by a competitor, Target will match that price during the current advertisement period. The stores will also accept receipts and competitor’s advertisements within a week of the original purchase for reimbursement.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Justine Griffin on Twitter@SunBizGriffin and sign up for Deals text alerts.

Doreen Christensen contributed to this report.

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Special edition of "Freebie Black Friday" coming at midnight


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We're working on a special, midnight edition of "Freebie Black Friday" where we'll round up holiday coupon, offers, deals and savings passes to help you score more on your early-morning bargain hunt.

Check the Daily Deal on SunSentinel.com at midnight Friday.

P.S. I'll be at Sawgrass Mills at 3 a.m.! Follow along and help the Sun Sentinel consumer team report on the South Florida shopping scene on Twitter using hashtag #sflblackfriday.

Happy bargain hunting!

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Gap offers 50 percent off entire store on Black Friday


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Gap is offering 50 percent off its entire store beginning at midnight on Black Friday in select stores. The offer includes GapKids, babyGap and GapBody. The sale ends at 10 a.m.

Click here for the deal.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Hot: Sneak peeks at Black Friday ads


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Here's a sneak peek at leaked Black Friday ads from the top retailers:

Walmart stores open Thanksgiving day; Black Friday specials start at midnight; electronic sale begins 5 a.m. Friday.

Sears opens Thanksgiving day from 7 a.m. to noon;

Lowes stores open at 5 a.m. on Friday.

Costco stores open at 9 a.m. (Mindblower!)

BJ's Wholesale Clubs open at 7 a.m. Click here for a free 60-day membersihp pass.

Walgreens open on Thanksgiving day; 7 a.m. Friday.

Macy's stores open at 4 a.m. Don't forget your $10 savings pass in Thursday's newspaper.

Best Buy stores open at 5 a.m. Friday or shop Thanksgiving day online.

BrandsMart USA stores open at midnight on Friday.

Newegg.com sale starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Target doorbuster sale begins at 4 a.m. in stores.

Office Depot stores open at 6 a.m.

Kohl's stores open at 3 a.m. Friday. Shop online Thursday.

Staples stores open at 6 a.m.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Top 10 tips to scoring hot Black Friday deals around South Florida


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Preparation is the key to getting your hot little hands on the best Black Friday deals.

Here's our Top 10 Tips on how to score:

1. Make your list: Make a list of all the items you know you need to purchase. Know what you want to buy and then seek out the best deals. Rank them in order of importance -- and savings.

2. Be prepared: Check all the circulars in the Thanksgiving edition of the Sun Sentinel. This is the biggest newspaper of the year and it's also the most convenient way to see what's being offered where and at what price. Compile the ads with the items you want to buy and take the ads with you to the stores. Walmart is price matching right at the register. No proof, no price reductions.

3. Go online: Next, check retailers websites for items on your list for pricing, quantity and special offers and to get other information about hours, shipping and more. We have a handy list of South Florida mall hours.

4. Decide where you're going: Based on your research, plan which malls and/or stores you're going to hit first and then check hours. Tip: South Florida malls and retailers' Macy's and Kohl's are offering savings passes with additional money off. If you're shopping at one of those stores, print out the passes and add them to your circulars.

6. Cook & shop: Many retailers are holding online Thanksgiving days sales. Put down the spoon and grab the mouse to see if anything on your list is available on Turkey day. Also, many stores are open on Thanksgiving this year.

6. Stay up, sleep in: See if the items on your list will be offered online at midnight on Black Friday if you don't want to head out at the crack of dawn. Many retailers, like Lowe's, are offering the same deals online as in the stores beginning at midnight on Friday, making a trip to the store needless.

7. Use your smart phone: Your mobile phone can be an invaluable way to save. Download a shopping app. Check out Daniel Vasquez's Consumer Talk blog on the best ways to use your smart phone to shop and save. Also, use social media like Facebook and Twitter to help find the best deals.

8. Visit Black Friday sites: BlackFriday2010.com, FatWallet.com/Black-Friday and SlickDeals.net/BlackFriday are three of the best.

9. Online rebates: If you do purchase online, use cash-back sites like EBates.com, FatWallet.com, ShopatHome.com and others to get percentages off your purchase deposited into an account. The sites then send you a check.

10. Have fun and be courteous! Heading out in the wee hours to shop on Black Friday is an adventure. I'll be at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise at 4 a.m. on assignment for the paper. Share your scores and finds with us on Twitter using hastag #sflblackfriday!

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Join our Black Friday/Cyber Monday Live Chat today at 11 a.m.


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Join our Black Friday/Cyber Monday live chat today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as Sun Sentinel comsumer experts tell you about where to find all the hot deals and how to use the latest technology to score the best bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Sun Sentinel Consumer Talk columnist Daniel Vasquez and Shop-O-Matic's Doreen Christensen will answer your holiday shopping questions so you can land the best deals and save big at South Florida malls and on the web.

Click here to submit your questions and join in live at 11 a.m.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Kohl's Black Friday savings pass: Extra 15 percent off everything


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Kohl's is offering a Black Friday savings pass and a coupon code good on Thursday for 15-percent off all sale, regular and clearance merchandise. Print the pass out and bring it to the store at 3 a.m. Friday. There will be more than 400 early-bird specials.

Click here to print out the pass. If you're shopping online, use code THXGIVING15. Spend $50 and everything ships free.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Amazon.com launches Black Friday deals through Cyber Monday


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Amazon.com has launched Black Friday deals, offering a "Deal of the Day" as well several dail discounted offers called "Lightning Deals." These limited-supply bargains will be scattered thorughout the day now through Cyber Monday.

TAmerica's largest online retailer kicked things off with a Flip MinoHD Video Camera for $109.99. It lists for $229.99.

Other bargains include a Kodak Mini Video Camera: $49 (retails for $99) a PlayStation 3 160 GB Family Bundle with two free games ("Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time" and "SingStar Dance Party Pack" for $299.99 ($369.99 retail) and a KitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer for $249 after $50 mail-in rebate (retails for $499.99).

Other offers available at various times this week include:
Mitsubishi 60-Inch 3D-Ready DLP HDTV: $699 (list price: $999)
Toshiba 55-Inch 1080p LED HDTV: $1,199 (list price: $2,399.99)
42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV: $298 (list price: $579.99)
Toshiba BDX1100 Blu-ray Disc Player: $59 (list price: $99)
Fujifilm FinePix J40 Digital Camera (includes 2 GB SD Memory Card): $79.99 (list price: $99.95)
Flip UltraHD Camcorder: $99 (list price: $149)
Samsung Ultra Compact “Touch of Color” Camcorder: $99 (list price: $199)
Garmin nüvi 4.3-Inch Widescreen GPS Navigator: $79 (list price: $249.99)
Sony Blu-ray Theater Disc System (3D Compatible): $299 (list price: $399)
Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 Noise Isolating Earphones: $94.99 (list price: $399.99)
Logitech Z-2300 Speakers: $79.99 (list price: $169.99)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: $124.99 (list price: $299)
Red Dead Redemption: $29 (list price: $59.99)
Halo Reach: $34.99 (list price: $59.99)
Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset (Blu-ray): $39.99 (list price: $99.98)
“Lost: The Complete Collection” (DVD): $99.99 (list price: $279.99)
“The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season” (DVD): $12.99 (list price: $59.98)
Save up to 50% on select Crayola
Save 40%-50% on select toys from Mega and K’Nex
Save up to 40% on select Barbie toys
“The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force”: $45 (list price: $99.99)
“The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire (MP3 Download): $1.99
“Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd (MP3 Download): $1.99
Wusthof 6-Piece Kitchen Helper Set: $39.99 (list price: $79.99)
White Gold Round Diamond Stud Earrings: $199.99 (list price: $799)
Save 50% on cashmere sweaters
Save 33% on full price boots and slippers (restrictions apply)

Visit Amazon.com/BlackFriday for the deals.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Walmart offers price-match guarantee on Black Friday


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Walmart has upped the Black Friday ante again. The world's largest retailer will match the price of any competitors' ads of an identical product right at the register, Walmart announced in a press release.

Most Walmart stores will be open 24 hours on Thanksgiving Day with in-store specials kicking off at midnight and 5 a.m. on Black Friday. The sale will continue through Saturday.

Walmart announced it will kick off three days of savings with Thanksgiving Day online-only specials, offering nearly 150 deals on Walmart.com with savings up to 40 percent on electronics, toys and video games. The retailer will offer either free shipping on electronics and or free "Site to Store" shipping on the majority of the items available for the Thanksgiving Day online specials.

Here are highlights of some of the Thanksgiving Day online deals:
RCA 37-inch LCD HDTV for $399
Acer Purple Netbook Bundle (includes case and flash drive) for $248
Kodak M530 Camera Bundle (includes case and 4GB memory card) for $79
Nintendo DSi Bundle (includes choice of two games and accessory kit) for $169
Ematic 2GB MP3 player in multiple colors for $20
Step 2 Easel for Two for $29
K’NEX Lava Roller Coaster for $39
Eureka Canister Vacuum for $49

Here are some of the in-store Black Friday deals starting at midnight:
Over 90 DVD titles including "Lord of the Rings" and "Ice Age" for $1.96
Over 60 Blu-ray titles including "The Dark Knight" and "Superbad" for $5
Select PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii video games, including "Madden NFL 11" and "Modern Warfare 2" for $29
All Nintendo Wii gaming systems for $199 with $50 Walmart Gift Card
Zhu Zhu Pets for $4

Electronics sale starting at 5 a.m. (while supplies last) include:
15.6” HP Laptop for $298
Emerson 32" LCD HDTV for $198
Sansui 19" LCD HDTV for $98
Nintendo DS Lite (in multiple colors) for $89
15.6” eMachines Laptop for $198
Kodak C183 Digital Camera (14 megapixels) for $59
Tom Tom GPS XL 335 SE 4.3" GPS for $79
Magnavox Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player with $10 free VUDU movie credits for $69

Saturday deals include:
Sony 46” Bravia LCD HDTV for $698
Sony Blu-ray Player for $94
Sony Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player for $158
Xbox/Kinect Bundle (includes Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect sensor, Kinect Adventures! game and wireless controller) for $299
Kinect for Xbox 360 for $149
Vizio 37” LCD HDTV for $378 with $40 Walmart Gift Card

Starting at midnight on Black Friday, Walmart will offer treats in stores, including 5-Hour Energy, Great Value Breakfast Bars, donut holes, Trident Gum and Hershey Holiday Kisses.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Buy one, get 2nd 50% off at Loehmann's


Loehmann's Thanksgiving sale, with stores opening 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, and 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, is featuring a "buy one, get the 2nd at 50% off" everything in the store.

The first 400 customers on Friday and Saturday will also receive a $20 coupon.

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, take an extra 25 percent off all regular-priced boots, back room sportswear, and coats.

Loehmann's is a great place to find designer wear, handbags and accessories for the holidays. During the Thanksgiving sale, the stores will include Michael Kors wool jackets and coats, DKNY down jackets, BCBG and Steve Madden boots, Calvin Klein, Tahari and Kenneth Cole handbags, Tommy Bahama, Kenneth Cole and Invicta watches, and many other items.

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Be a Sun Sentinel shopping spy on Black Friday and win $25 Target gift card


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If you're heading out to score hot deals on Black Friday, join the Sun Sentinel consumer team in reporting on the South Florida shopping scene and you could win a $25 Target gift card!

We want to know what deals you're finding, if there are traffic jams and how long the line are.

Tweet your news using hashtag #sflblackfriday, report on the Sentinel Deals Facebook fan page or text hot shopping scoops to BLACK FRIDAY at 23539.

Also, join our live chat and ask Sun Sentinel consumer experts your questions about holiday shopping, Black Friday and Cyber Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Click here to submit a question and to get more info.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Hot Walmart pre-Black Friday deals on sale now through Nov. 29


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Walmart.com continues to WOW with pre-Black Friday deals. Also, the world's largest retailer is offering free shipping on more than 60,000 items.

Right now, you can score some amazing bargains, from $100 gift card with the purchase of qualifying cell phones and contracts to hot toys, TVs and home goods.

Here's a roundup:

Through Nov. 25: Buy one of 40 smart phones from Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon and get a $100 Walmart Gift Card with a two-year contract. Phones start at $28.88 for a BlackBerry Cuuve 3G and run up to $148.88 for a Verizon Motorola Droid X.

Nintendo Wii video games two for $30 with free shipping.

Kung Zhu Hamsters three-pack bundle for $20 with free shipping

Harry Potter paperback book set #1-7 for $48 and ships free.

Element 32-inch LCD 1080p HDTV for $339 or Element 42-inch LCD 1080p HDTV for $449. Both ship for free.

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Choice of Green Tramontina 3.5-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven or 3-Quart Cast Iron Covered Braiser for $25 each (normally $49.97). Ships to store for free.

Kodak EasyShare C143 12MP Digital Camera in choice of blue or green Choice Blue or Green with I (2) rechargeable batteries, wall charger and case for $69 and free shipping

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Macy's Black Friday deals for Nov. 26


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Macy's Black Friday sale starts at 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26 with great deals on jewelry, electronics, home goods and more. We have a short list of specials for early risers.

Macy's will post a full list of Black Friday deals on Facebook on Nov. 18, according to a press release. The retailer also will offer free shipping on all online purchases of $99 or more from Nov. 18 through Dec. 20.

Here's a highlight of early-bird bargains:

Jewelry: Initial pendants in sterling silver for $19.99; 2-carat diamond bracelets in sterling silver for $99; 1/4-carat diamond earrings in 14-karat white gold for $149 and AK Anne Klein and Tommy Hilfiger watches for $29.99 to $39.99.

Electronics: Remote control cars for $14.99; 9-inch Pandigital Digital Photo Frames for $39.99 and Literati E-Readers from Shaper Image for $99.99.

Women and men's fashions: Charter Club cashmere crewneck sweaters for her for $39.99; Tommy Hilfiger leather jackes for him for $99.99.

Home goods: Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron 2.75-Quart Casserole for $19.99 and 510 thread-count sheet sets for $34.99.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Pre-Black Friday sales at Best Buy, Walmart through Sunday


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Score some early holiday savings at Best Buy and Walmart's pre-Black Friday events in stores and online on Friday through Sunday. Sales will be offered at varying times online was well, but these offers below for limited amounts of merchandise in stores:

Also, keep up with Black Friday and holiday shopping trends by checking in with Consumer Talk blog written by Daniel Vasquez, too.

Best Buy on Friday and Saturday:
Insignia™ HD Camcorder for $174.99 (normally $299.99)
Sony PSPgo for $149.99 (normally $199.99)
Wii - Toy Story 3 for $29.99 (was $49.99)
Wii "Toy Story Mania!" for $19.99 (was $29.99)


At Walmart at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday:
Compaq 15.6-inch laptop CQ6-109WM with Intel Celeron 900 Processor & Windows 7 Home Premium for $288.
Sony PS3 Move and console bundle with $50 gift card for $399.
Vizio LCD TVs in 26- 32- 42- 47- and 55-inch in prices ranging from $198 to $898.
$50 iTunes gift cards for $35.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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$19.99 silver sterling necklaces at Kohl's


Kohls%20necklace.jpgShhhhh..don't tell Mom: I found a $19.99 silver sterling necklace with a diamond chip, regularly $90, at Kohl's this morning. Pendants include a snowflake, cross, heart and others.

Just checked on Kohls.com and the same necklaces cost more, $24.99, so it's worth your gas to the store.

Spend $50 at Kohl's and you get $10 in Kohl's cash to spend after the holidays. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Sears and Kmart Black Friday deals


This just in for Black Friday:

Kmart Thanksgiving Day Deals (Nov. 26; select stores on Nov. 25):
50-inch Samsung Plasma TV on sale for $699.99 (reg. price $899.99)
*While supplies last, limit four per store, no rainchecks
Vivitar 8.1MP Digital Camera with free bag on sale for $49.99 (reg. price $69.99)
*While supplies last, limit five per store, no rainchecks

Sears Black Friday Deals (Nov. 27):
Samsung 40-inch Class 1080p LCD HDTV on sale for $599.99 (reg. price $949.99)
*While supplies last, limit three per store, no rainchecks
Kenmore 3.5-cu ft High Efficiency washer and 5.8-cu ft. dryer pair on sale for $579.98 (reg. price $1079.98)
*While supplies last, limit four per store, no rainchecks

Kmart Blue Friday Deals (Nov. 27):
Sony 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV on sale for $379.99 (reg. price $499.99)
*While supplies last, limit four per store, no rainchecks
Razor Ripster - $34.99 (reg. price $59.99)

Kmart Blue Light Specials (will be announced throughout the day on Nov. 27)
50 percent off Fallout 3 video games for Xbox 360 and PS3 on sale for $19.99 (reg. price $39.99)

Head to Sears.com and Kmart.com now to take advantage of online only doorbuster deals on some of the latest GPS models.

Sears.com GPS Deal
Magellan RoadMate 1220 on sale for $89.99 (reg. price $149.99)
*While supplies last, no rainchecks, http://tinyurl.com/yafww9p

Kmart.com GPS Deal
Magellan RoadMate 1210 on sale for $79.99 (reg. price $129.99)
*While supplies last, no rainchecks, http://tinyurl.com/yce3crn

-- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Disney Parks vacation sweepstakes at Pier I Imports


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Visit a Pier I Imports store to register for a chance to win a Disney Parks vacation during Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-29.

Prize includes: a 5-night vacation for a family of four to the winner’s choice of either Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort. The vacation package includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, four tickets for five days with "park hopper" option at Disney World Resort or four park hopper passes at Disneyland. Complimentary transportation is included.

Pier I Imports has assorted merchandise up to 50 percent off on Thanksgiving weekend, including the Carmen Sofa for $599.99 (originally $799.98), the Mei Wei Flat Screen TV Stand for $359.99 (originally $449.95), and the Alayna Jewelry Armoire for $149.99 (originally $229.95).

Holiday décor and entertaining items also are up to 25% off. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Live chat for bargain hunting tips on Tuesday


Want to get a sneak peek at the Black Friday ads? Need help finding the best deals this season?

The Sun Sentinel's sister paper The Daily Press in Virginia (also owned by the Tribune Co.) and our shopping blogger colleague Nicole Paitsel has teamed with bargain hunters at crazytowndeals.com for a 12-hour Internet chat on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to help you answers such questions. Bargain hunters will be online from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Find answers to gadget questions:
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Daily Press photo editor Dennis Tennant helps you pick out a digital camera or camcorder and PCMag.com editor helps you will cell phone choices.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Get answers to your home theater questions, including TVs, sound systems and accessories.
6 p.m.: Talk to a local systems engineer about what computer you should buy.

To log into the live chat, go to:

Live Chat

If you like this, let us know here at Shop-o-matic. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Black Friday is a week early


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The biggest shopping day of the year hasn't been Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for many years.

This Friday, a full week before Black Friday, may have as many deals as next week. "Early bird" deals continue through Saturday at Kohls, Macy's, and many other South Florida retailers.

The deals may only get better next week and as we march toward Christmas, but there's more selection now than there will likely be closer to the holidays.

I spotted this pearl necklace for only $23, marked down from $90, on Kohls.com, which has a sale until midnight tonight and then again from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. in stores and 12 a.m to 4 p.m. online on Saturday. Use the coupon code "SHOPEARLY," to get another 20% off, according to BlackFriday.gottadeal.com. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds



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Black Friday deals are heating up


The web is already abuzz with Black Friday deal news. Here are several sites to get your shopping lists started:

http://www.theblackfriday.com/
http://www.black-friday.net/
http://www.blackfriday.fm/
http://bfads.net/
http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/
http://www.2009blackfridayads.com/

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Some shoppers unimpressed by the savings


At the Shops at Pembroke Gardens, a new outdoor mall in Pembroke Pines, some shoppers making the rounds were unimpressed with Black Friday sales.

Marlene Garau, 20, of Miami Lakes, said she and a friend had hit the Aventura Mall earlier but found “better than normal” discounts only at one store, Urban Outfitters. By 9 a.m., the friends each had picked up a shirt and jacket that was an additional half off the sale price.

Garau, who recently lost her job as a receptionist in a Fort Lauderdale salon, said she certainly is spending less this holiday season.

“Not a lot of people are giving gifts this year. We’re just like … money is tight,” said Garau, as she searched for more bargains at Pembroke Gardens.

-- Doreen Hemlock, staff writer, Sun Sentinel

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'Tis the season... to economize


Megan Johnson, 34, of Parkland was talking Friday at the Town Center mall in Boca Raton about the need to spend less this holiday season.

"My husband's a contractor, and business is very slow," she said.

"That's right. No Coach bag for you," quipped her 11-year-old son, Jake.

- Paul Owers, staff writer

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Surprise! Palm Beach Mall is packed



I was stunned when I drove past the Palm Beach Mall around 9:15 Friday morning.

Normally, the rundown center's parking lots are practically empty. But today the place was packed, especially outside JCPenney.

Also busy was Dillard's, which is attracting shoppers with 70-percent-off store-closing sales. I hear Dillard's will be open until at least mid-December.

- Paul Owers, staff writer

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A sampling of Sawgrass Mills specials


Some of the busiest stores; and sample promotions at Sawgrass Mills:

KB Toy Works: "Biggest Sale Ever" signs plastered on store windows. Shoppers get $20 free bonus bucks with a purchase of $100 or more from Black Friday through Sunday.

Puma: 40 % off footwear and apparel, excluding clearance items.

Tommy Hilfilger: Everything in store, 50 % off all day

Perry Ellis: 60 % off or more on store items

Nike Factory Store: A plethora of discounts, including an extra 20% off entire purchase from midnight to noon Friday

- Arlene Satchell, staff writer

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Sawgrass Mills drew 30,000 in wee hours


Mall corridors were jam packed with crowds of between 30,000 to 40,000 shoppers.

Willie Mells of Fort Lauderdale had a game plan all mapped out until he saw the lines outside BrandsMart.

"I'd thought I'd knock out all my shopping early," said Mells, 53, staring incredulously at the crush of shoppers waiting to enter the electronics and appliance store.

Mells had hoped to snag a GPS navigation system, some stereo equipment and a few other miscellaneous gifts for co-workers during the morning shopping run.

"With the economy so whacked, I can probably wait until January and still get a good deal," he said, contemplating his next move.

Davis said he wouldn't stay until the throng abated and planned to stop next at a nearby Wal-Mart.

At KB Toy Works, Jeanne Semper of Coral Springs bought a Rhythm Station Keyboard early Friday for $29.98, a $10 savings.

Semper said she'd "comparison shopped" for specific items to determine where the best deals were before heading out.

"You have to do your homework," she said.

Although the crowds were out, Semper said she didn't think many people were spending as much as they did last year and that some were likely just got trying to walk off their Thanksgiving meal.

Of note: With parking scarce, especially near BrandsMart, a couple of enterprising young men tried to sell their parking space for $20 to drivers desperate for an empty spot.

- Arlene Satchell, staff writer

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Kohl's attracted 200 for 4 a.m. opening


Store Manager Thomas Gebhardt said lines formed an hour before Friday's 4 a.m. opening.

The crowd of 200 to 300 persons, was "well-mannered" and sang Christmas Carols before dashing for doorbusters.

Digital frames, GPS navigation systems and jewelry were hot items at Kohl's and despite the economy, there were many deals to be had this Black Friday, Gebhardt said.

"If you're a value conscious customer, this is the day to shop," he said.

Nancy Ali-Shamaa of Hollywood bought a Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle for $19.99 (before $10 mail-in rebate), a blender and shirt at Kohl's, attracted by the retailer's "awesome sales."

The 20-year-old student, who arrived 30 minutes before opening, said the $10 Kohl's coupon she received for a $50 purchase was added incentive to start shopping early this holiday.

- Arlene Satchell, staff writer

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'I look out for discounts'


College student Raphael Tavernier, 19, teamed up with fellow Publix store clerk Jarrell Osborne, 18, to score bargains early Friday at Aventura Mall in north Miami-Dade County.

The two clean-cut youths each bought sneakers at Foot Locker in order to get $25 off a $100 purchase. They also each picked up a Florida Marlins hat to tap a “buy one, get the second one half off” deal. Together, they figured they saved at least $43.

“Publix has been cutting back on hours for part timers, so I work less now,” said Tavernier, an atmospheric science and meteorology student at Broward College, formerly Broward Community College.

He now is working 20 to 30 hours, instead of 40 hours, a week. “I look out for the discounts,” Tavernier said.

-- Doreen Hemlock, staff writer, Sun Sentinel

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Aventura Mall is brisk


Traffic was brisk at the upscale Aventura Mall in north Miami-Dade County despite the soft economy

. Nicole Gilfoy, a 25-year-old clerk at the Wild Buffalo silver jewelry kiosk, said she parked on the fourth floor of the Macy’s garage at 6:30 am and sees no difference in mall crowds from last year.

“I guess people can’t stay away from the sales,” said the Florida International University student.

Gilfoy said she personally will spend less this holiday season. An internship has cut into her work hours and she is preparing to get married.

“I am cutting down on gifts. I don’t have as much money,” she said. “I’ll buy just for the kids.”

-- Doreen Hemlock, staff writer, Sun Sentinel

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Man killed in Black Friday stampede on Long Island


Hey, let's take it easy out there.

Look what happened in Valley Stream, Long Island:

Read it here.

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Black Friday video


Thanks to our sister blog, Watch This Now, we have classic scenes of the morning rush:

Click here.

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Black Friday fun extends to auto repair


The economy is so awful that even auto repair shops feel the need to get in on the Black Friday fun.

Tires Plus in Palm Beach and Broward counties opened at 5 a.m. today and is offering 50 percent off a set of four select tires until 7 a.m. -- provided that you buy a lifetime balance, alignment and road hazard warranty. If you don't need tires, you still can save 50 percent on brakes and other repairs between 5-7.

But no work will be performed at such an early hour. Customers pay in advance and schedule the service for another time.

- Paul Owers

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Black Friday begins


The Christmas shopping season has begun.

Hundreds of shoppers smiled and gave weary cheers as the doors to Best Buy opened at 5 a.m.
Staff let them in a group at a time to avoid any panic rush, but no one seemed to be complaining.

- Rafael Olmeda, staff writer. Near Sawgrass Mills

update
5:55 a.m.
The wait at Best buy is down to 15 minutes

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Black Friday 20 percent coupon from Pottery Barn


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I'm so excited. This 20 percent off coupon just came in from Pottery Barn. It is good for 20 percent off ONE ITEM.

Hurry and print it out now because it's only good for Thanksgiving weekend. Bring it to the store with you and shop 'til you drop...

To print this coupon, click on the single post for this item on the right rail, go to print preview, enlarge to 100 percent and print.

Now, what will I buy? Let me know what you found.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Black Friday mall hours


On your marks, get set ....

Aventura Mall: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Broward Mall: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Coral Ridge Mall: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Coral Square Mall: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pembroke Lakes Mall: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sawgrass Mills: 12 a.m. Thursday to 9:30 p.m. Friday

The Promenade at Coconut Creek: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Boynton Beach Mall: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Palm Beach Mall: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Gardens Mall: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Mall at Wellington Green: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Town Center mall in Boca Raton: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hours reflect the times that malls will open Friday. Some retailers might open earlier or later.
Source: Sun Sentinel Research

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At Sawgrass Mills, Black Friday starts at midnight Thursday


Now we know why they call this Black Friday.

Because all the fun starts in the cover of darkness.

Best Buy and other major chains typically open at 5 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, but the Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise is one-upping them this year.

Sawgrass is opening at midnight for die-hard shoppers hell-bent on leaving their football-watching husbands behind.

Marketing mavens hope the midnight blitz adds a little pizzazz to a shopping season that's expected to be one of the worst in decades because the tanking economy.

Some of the better deals out there: 50 percent off toys at Kohl's and a 52-inch flat-panel Samsung TV at Best Buy for $1,499.

Check back here throughout the day Friday for some of the more interesting tidbits we find. We'll be at Sawgrass Mills at midnight and at various stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties talking to shoppers.

Happy bargain hunting, everyone.

-- Paul Owers, staff writer

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Do you Twitter? We'd like to hear from you.


We're looking for a few good South Florida shoppers who use Twitter. We'd like to use your reports to help our readers know what's going on in our area's stores and malls on Black Friday morning.

Please send us some info now and on Friday morning, just use Twitter as you normally would, on your phone or on your computer, and we'll spread your word to Sun Sentinel readers. E-mail hgoodman@sun-sentinel.com with the following information:

1. Your name

2. Phone number (for contact purposes only)

3. Twitter account name

4. City you live in

5. What your Black Friday plans are



We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Note: You must be 18 or older, and not a store or mall employee.

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Black Friday deals at BJ's


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Members of BJs Wholesale Club can get fab Black Friday deals. The club is offering more than $3,675 in coupon savings, including a 42” LCD HDTV for $679.99.

Get up early. BJ's will open two hours early -- at 7 a.m. Special coupons will be offered through the holiday weekend while supplies last on name brand gifts, online shopping as well as groceries.

You should have a received a coupon book in the mail. But if not, they are handing out coupon books at the door. Instant coupons also are available at bjs.com. For example, there's a $50 instant coupon on line for a Garmin nuvi 200 3.5 GPS receiver that was $179.99 and is now $129.99.

Some of the hot deals include:

Televisions

Sharp® AQUOS® 52” 1080p LCD HDTV (BJ’s Member pricing – including $300 coupon –$1399.99)
Samsung® 46” 1080p LCD HDTV (BJ’s Member pricing – including $200 coupon - $1099.99)
Samsung® 32” LCD HDTV (BJ’s Member pricing - including $100 coupon - $499.99)
Sylvania® 37” LCD HDTV (BJ’s Member pricing - including $80 coupon - $599.99)
Sylvania® 22” LCD TV (BJ’s Member pricing – including $40 coupon - $289.99)

Computers

Sony® VGC-JS1100/SC, Intel® Dual Core Processor, All-in-One PC (BJ’s Member pricing – including $100 coupon - $849.99)
Sony® 16.4” Notebook (BJ’s Member pricing – including $200 coupon - $799.99)
HP® Desktop Bundle (BJ’s Member pricing – including $100 coupon - $799.99)
HP® D7260 Printer with 3.5” Touch Screen LCD (BJ’s Member pricing – including $50 coupon - $49.99)

Prices are valid Friday, November 28 thru Sunday, November 30, while supplies last.

Makes you want to join.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Win $2,000 shopping spree at Mizner Park


Mizner Park kicks off a month of holiday shopping events with a fashion show on Thurs., Dec. 4.

The "Holiday Nights on the Town" also features live jazz, wine and food tastings, and the chance at a $2,000 shopping spree at Mizner Park.

A special shopping pass with discounts and specials is available at shops. Go to Mizner Park.com for details and other incentives. I found, for example, 15 percent off at Ann Taylor Loft on Friday, Nov. 28, aka Black Friday. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Black Friday Ads at Kohl's


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Thanks to the folks at Kohl’s we don't have to search Websites for their Black Friday specials.

Better get to bed early Thanksgiving night because Kohl's opens at 4 a.m. The Early Bird specials are from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving shoppers also will get $10 off future purchases for every $50 spent.

Here are some of the 300 specials:

Toys: 50 percent off entire stock including popular brands like Fisher Price, Playskool, Barbie, Tonka, Matchbox and Hot Wheels. This year it also covers Little Tikes, Crayola and Play-Doh.

Designer brands for misses: 40 to 50 percent off entire stock of apparel including:
Simply Vera Vera Wang – $17 to $100.80, originally $34 to $168; Elle Contemporary Collection – $8.99 to $49.99, originally $24 to $84; Daisy Fuentes – $8.99 to $35.00, originally $18 to $89.

Chaps apparel for misses (selected styles): 55 to 60 percent off; $13.50 to $75.80, originally $30 to $189.50.

High-definition video camera value pack including 2GB SD card, tripod, rechargeable batteries, cable and pouch. Records HD video and captures still images up to 12M resolution: $99.99; regularly $199.99.

Kohl's is cool. You can check out the ads now at kohls.com.


XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Use JC Penney coupon for small gift purchase


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On my shopping list this weekend are some warm jammies. Not only has it been a little chilly lately for this reborn Floridian, I occasionally head north during the holidays where I know I'm going to be freezing my fanny off.

No Victoria's Secret here. Something solid like J.C. Penney. My mother bought me a pair of pajamas a few years ago from JC Penney or Sears -- two department stores reliable for relative gift giving because items can be returned in other cities.

These PJ's look cute, for $24.99 to $28.99. I may look at these and possibly use JC Penney's $10 off coupon this weekend for items $25 and over.

I want to be warm, but since I fully intend to return to better weather, I don't want to pay a lot for it! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Black Friday Giveaway of VW Beetle at Pier I


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Shop at Pier I and win a car! This is one of the best Black Friday promotions I have ever seen!

Pier I will sponsor a nationwide in-store sweepstakes Nov. 28 (Black Friday) through Nov. 30. The grand prize is a 2009 Volkeswagen New Beetle plus a $500 Pier 1 gift card. Five first prize winners will receive a $500 Pier 1 gift card. Just register at your local Pier 1. You are limited to one entry per day during the sweepstakes period.

The drawing will be on or around Dec. 17. For more info and official rules, see pier1.com/car..

I really miss my Beetle so I can't wait to enter. How about you?

Store hours for Thanksgiving weekend are 8 a.m. to 10 Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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Black Friday bargains at Burlington Coat Factory



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Are you heading to Burlington Coat Factory for Black Friday specials?

Here are some of the cool things in their ads:

Hannah Montana or Spiderman jacket for $19.99

Gloria Vanderbilt twill jeans for $7.99

Diamond Accent Pendants for $29.99

You can find all of these ad scans on http://bfads.net/Adscans

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Black Friday Deals


Looking for more Black Friday advance ads?

Here are the latest ads posted on the Black Friday 2008 Website:

- Staples' 6-item Black Friday Advertisement "Sneak Peak"

- Dell Home's 27-item Black Friday Advertisement

- CVS Pharmacy's 56-item Black Friday Advertisement

- Gander Mountain's 58-item Black Friday Advertisement

- Rite Aid's 47-item Black Friday Advertisement

- Tommy Hilfiger's 8-item Black Friday Advertisement

You can find all of these ad scans on http://bfads.net/Adscans

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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Black Friday Blackout on Specials, Discounts


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Earlier this week we told you about http://bfads.net/, a great site that tips you early about Black Friday specials.

Apparently, every year some retailers don't want you to know what their offers are too early. Boo to them.

They keep their lawyers busy with Cease and Desist orders. As of this morning, five have weighed in with their blackouts -- Walmart, Sears, Big Lots, Macy's and Ace Hardware.

Check Lowes.com for the sneak peak of the Lowe's Black Friday ad listing that was leaked by Lowe's. Some of the best buys include a Black & Decker 24-volt, 4-piece Cordless Combo Kit that was $159 for $59.97 and 14-gallon Shop-Vac Wet/Dry Vac that was $89.97 for $29. They also have decor such as the 3-piece 29-inch Bronze Casual Table with two buffet lamps that was $88 for $49. Remember, specials won't be available until Nov. 28. But you can start planning.

Thanks, Lowe's, for being a good sport!


XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Black Friday coupons, ads, bargains


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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers traditionally kick off bargains, is coming around sooner than you think.

The Internet has made it easier than ever to plan your strategy in these cash-strapped times. Check out this cool site -- http://bfads.net/ --to sign up for e-mail alerts on deals, ads and giveaways. They already have info on Walgreens and Sears ads for Black Friday.

Enter this morning before 1 p.m. to win a $25 Gift Certificate to Sears (sponsored by Sears), a $50 Gift Certificate to Target and two BFAds t-shirts.

Just enter once to be eligible for all daily give-aways.

Do you know why it is called Black Friday? It's the first time retailers get in the black (profit column) for the year.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Get in the holiday mood at Crate & Barrel


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Whether it's Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, Crate & Barrel Outlet at the Sawgrass Mills mall is bound to get you in the holiday mood.

I stopped there on Saturday and found a beautiful table runner 50 percent off, only $19.95. I chose the Alexandra red design, but there's also one with autumn colors (see at right).

Then I found an irrestible item for $6.95: fanciful salt and pepper shakers in the design of snowmen. My friend M collects those for her friend M, so I may pass them on to her. If not, one of my sisters' is getting snowmen as part of her Christmas present.

The snowmen design also is available in a sugar and creamer for $12.95, appetizer plates for $14.95, and tapered candles - snowmen with tall winter hats, 2 for $5.95.

What a fun tabletop for the children in us during the holidays! And at a bargain price, of course. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Check out Sam's Club: $10 holiday deal


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Sam's Club announced today (Thursday, Oct. 16) that it's offering a $10 membership good for 10 weeks for families and businesses not currently members.

Consumers can sign up for Sam shopping privileges on two weekends, Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26. Sam's Club stores are in West Palm Beach, Lantana, Coral Springs, Sunrise, Miramar and Miami.

Sam's Club, Costco and other discount shopping stores are likely to be busy places this holiday season when most of us are trying to S-T-R-E-TCH that dollar. Check it out. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Sawgrass starts Black Friday at midnight


No doubt responding to the less-than-cheery retail season expected, Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise will open its doors at midnight on Thanksgiving (that's really Friday, Nov. 28).

Sawgrass will have "door busters" and other specials for its midnight opening event.

So if you've had your fill of turkey and pumpkin pie and you need to "walk" it off, try middle-of-the-night shopping at Sawgrass. It will be interesting to see who turns up. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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Best Buy, Sawgrass ... a welcome refuge for Black Friday shoppers


By 10 a.m. Friday, the heavy crowds which had lined up overnight at Best Buy Sawgrass had dissipated and the barracades were gone, but the shopping mania continued as a steady flow of late-comers entered the game.

On approach to the Best Buy, the bumper to bumper cars lined up in the parking lot were evidence of the shortage of parking spaces, but the backlog cleared quickly as cars quickly pulled in and out.

Latecomer Amos Pierre of Oakland Park had no intention of lining up early to get into the store. He left home at 7:30 a.m. but still found good deals, leaving the store just after 10 a.m. Pierre bought a Dynex shredder, a laptop and monitor.

Though door-buster deals were going fast and some sold out, other sales continued throughout the morning, including DVDs for $4.99 each, Sony SR 42 hard drive digital camcorders for $499.99 (with accessories bundle) and a Dynex digital picture frame for $79.99.

At noon, the Best Buy floor was abuzz with activity as hot-ticket items like high definition televisions, MPs players, portable DVD players, and computers continued to fly off the shelves.

--Arlene Satchell
Staff Writer

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Comp USA, in a slower mid-morning shopping groove....


Across the street at Comp USA, a few minutes before 1 p.m. the scene was decidedly calmer with fewer people milling about the store at 12170 W. Sunrise Blvd

Many sale item displays no longer had prices posted, a sign that some supplies had been exhausted, but shoppers were searching for deals.

"We didn't wake up early enough for the bargains," said Carlos Sanchez of Sunrise as he shopped with companion Susan Cain at Comp USA.

They were shopping for MP3 players, black DVDs and memory cards and had been to Best Buy and Circuit City earlier in the day.

The prices are better at Comp USA and Best Buy, Cain said.

--Arlene Satchell
Staff Writer

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Circuit City (Pembroke Pines and Sunrise)


Pembroke Pines resident Bob Cain got a head start on his Black Friday shopping when he lined at 11 p.m. Thursday at the Circuit City in Pembroke Pines.

Despite waiting for hours and staying until 5 a.m., Cain left the store disappointed, failing to get the $299 Acer desktop computer he wanted.

While sale vouchers had been handed out to customers, none reached Cain and to make matters worse, some shoppers began offering their unused vouchers for sale at $60 apiece, Cain said.

Determined, Cain continued his quest at the Circuit City at 12300 W. Sunrise Blvd, where the nine-year Black Friday veteran got lucky, finding the Acer desktop computer in stock.

Jennifer Cole of Wauchula was visiting sister Kim White of Cooper City and the two were out shopping for Black Friday bargains at Circuit City.

Cole bought the King of Queens DVD set for $12.99 and White, the House DVD set also for $12.99, originally priced at $50.

An earlier shopping stint at Wal-Mart proved fruitful for Cole, who came away with gifts for her daughter -- a Fisher Price Chicken Dance Elmo and a Barbie VW Beetle both priced at $10 each.

Frank Bozarth of Davie had a different shopping strategy Black Friday, especially as he and his wife recently lost their jobs, casualties of the construction downturn.

To avoid the lines and still get good bargains, Bozarth shopped online, but opted for in-store pickup.

"Only parking seems to be a problem," said Bozarth after he pulled into the Circuit City lot around 1:25 p.m., a little surprised to find he didn't have to wait for an open spot.

People have been getting aggravated over parking, Bozarth said, shopping since the wee hours at Sawgrass Mills Mall, Broward Mall and now at Circuit City.

--Arlene Satchell
Staff Writer

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New garage at Town Center expected to curb some of the parking crunch


You can usually tell the holiday shopping rush at Town Center by the number of cars parked on the grass by the mall’s main entrance.

The cars were on the grass en masse Friday, but if shoppers searched they might have found one of the mall's 1,000 new parking spaces in a two-story garage by Bloomingdale’s.

The garage, which opened just a week ago, is expected to curb some of the parking crunch at Town Center during the holidays, said Venetia Tiberi, the mall’s marketing director. Shoppers may have missed the garage today, though there are signs to the new spaces, Tiberi said.

“Before long, people will notice,” she said.

-Kathy Bushouse
Staff writer

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No mall madness at the Gardens


It seemed more like a busy Saturday than Black Friday at the Gardens mall.

The mall opened its doors at 8 a.m. At 10 a.m. parking was still plentiful. Some stores -- the Apple store, Macy's, the Gap, Bath and Body Works -- seemed busy, while at other stores clerks stood outside to beckon passing shoppers.

The longest line: Starbucks. The scene hardly evoked images ofa post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy.

A manageable pace of the holiday rush was just fine with Faith Higgins, 22 of Port St. Lucie. She left home at 6:30 am to hit the sales here, two counties to the south.

"It's very casual," Higgins said. "I like that."

-- Kathy Bushouse
staff writer

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Holiday Gifts 2007: Toys R Us on Black Friday


If you are inclined to hit Toys R Us on Black Friday, check out this email I got today. Sounds like there are plenty of ways to save money.


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The Door Busters deal goes from 5 a.m. to noon Friday. You can see the deals if you go into the store today (Wednesday); then buy on Friday.

There are also deals on toysrus.com. For example, free shipping on many items. And some savings of up to 60 percent if you shop online on Thanksgiving Day.

K.V.W.

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Black Friday shopping tips from my dental hygienist


After my dental hygienist found out I worked for the Sun-Sentinel, she wanted to double-check on when the Black Friday ads were going to be in the paper (primarily Thursday). But then she also asked whether she could find them online. I told her about dealcatcher.com, which has a link to the Black Friday ads.

She then told me about her Black Friday shopping strategies:

-- Make a game plan of where you're going and what you're after.
-- If you're hitting the 5 a.m. deals, show up at 5:05 a.m., after the initial crush has made its way through the doors.
-- And for her, JC Penney had the best deals.

Thanks, Marlene, for the tips and for the shiny teeth.

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South Florida malls offer Black Friday freebies, perks


South Florida malls are planning to treat early bird shoppers to freebies and perks Friday.

The Friday after Thanksgiving — called Black Friday because it's typically a big sales day for retailers — is considered the official start to the holiday shopping season. Malls in the region are hoping to draw shoppers with special offerings.

Here's a look at what's happening:

Aventura Mall will offer early-bird shoppers valet parking and free Starbucks coffee outside the mall entrance.

The Mall at Wellington Green will pamper some lucky shoppers. The first 100 customers to purchase $500 worth of mall gift cards (in a single transaction) will receive a $100 gift certificate from SpaFinder, redeemable at any of the nearly 4,000 spas worldwide.

At The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, shoppers can use text messaging to find out about hot Black Friday deals and promotions and be eligible to win prizes. Shoppers can text the mall at 97904 to learn about the day’s special deals.

Then, for the next eight days, Gardens Mall shoppers can text the same number to learn how to register to win a luxury gift basket filled with more than $4,000 worth of merchandise and gift cards.

-- Jaclyn Giovis

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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