The best deals, store hours, more

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After feasting on turkey and trimmings, shoppers traditionally flock to stores and malls on Black Friday to gobble up the best deals of not only the holiday season, but the entire year. 

Last year, the pandemic changed the way we shopped on Black Friday, with more Americans shopping online than ever before. This year, as we continue to contend with the COVID-19 fallout, a lot of retailers moved Black Friday to earlier this month to stretch the pinnacle shopper’s holiday, soften crowds and boost sales, and counter some of this year’s challenges, like supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and shipping delays.

Even though Black Friday may no longer represent a singular day of epic sales, there’s still a dizzying array of deals to look forward to in the coming days. The key to seizing the most coveted Black Friday buys is preparation. Heed these tips to plan your Black Friday adventure, score the best deals and save money along the way.   

Grab a copy of the Times Union’s Thanksgiving paper a day early: Pre-order the Thanksgiving Day edition of the Times Union — our biggest paper of the year — and you can pick it up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Times Union building, 645 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie. The hefty paper will be packed with dozens of Black Friday ads, giving you plenty of time to pore over the deals and plot your shopping strategy. In addition to the ads, you’ll get the Savings Source magazine, a holiday gift guide, a puzzle and recipe book, Good Housekeeping’s Holiday Magic magazine. Plus, while supplies last, you’ll receive the 2022 Save Around Coupon Book, usually for sale at $25. Visit to order. You can also pick up the paper, save the coupon book, at stores throughout the Capital Region, including Price Chopper/Market 32, Hannaford and Stewart’s Shops on Wednesday. 

Download all of the major store apps: Over the past few years, retailers have been adding more and more incentives for shoppers to download their apps. While the best deals are probably also going to be available to non-app users, it makes sense to have access to every single deal. There are also a number of independent apps that showcase coupons and online promotional codes, and help you monitor your budget, manage wish lists and compare prices. A few of the most popular include ShopSavvy, Shopular, Flip and RetailMeNot. 

Consider gift cards and store cash: Some retailers will offer gift cards instead of direct discounts. Kohl’s is doling out $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent. When combining this with their sales, the net discount increases dramatically. Target also always features an assortment of gift card deals. When factored into the final sale price, the savings will rival the competition.

Get online ready: Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and all of the other large stores are going to have a ton of online doorbusters, so it is essential to be prepared. Set up an account at each store with current information in advance and familiarize yourself with the site. Time will be of the essence. Also, be sure to link to your favorite retailers’ websites via a cash-back portal like, or There you’ll earn back a percentage of the money you spend.

Shop the best stores: To help consumers maximize their Black Friday savings, personal-finance website WalletHub surveyed nearly 5,000 deals from 21 of the biggest U.S. retailers’ 2021 Black Friday ad scans to see who offers the largest advertised discounts in various product categories, such as apparel, toys and jewelry. Macy’s has the highest overall discount rate at more than 58 percent, whereas Ace Hardware has the lowest at just under 12 percent. JCPenney, Belk, Kohl’s and Office Depot/Office Max rounded out the top five best places to shop for savings. 

Know when stores are open, sales start and the times for the best deals: Most stores and all Capital Region malls will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Although Black Friday sales have been springing up daily since Halloween, some of the biggest sales of the season are still to come in the days leading up to, and including, Black Friday. You’ll need to know exactly when the official sales start online, so you don’t miss out. Here’s a breakdown of in-store and online Black Friday sale start times, courtesy of and top deals to help you prepare.


Amazon’s 48-hour Black Friday event begins Thanksgiving Day and runs through Friday. Access deals online at, on Amazon’s shopping app, stores and through Alexa devices.

  • Save up to 42 percent on select Alexa-enabled devices including Echo Show 5 Kids, Echo Buds and Echo Frames.
  • Select TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG, as well as tablets, computer monitors and laptops will be up to 30 percent off. 
  • Instant Brands kitchen appliances will be up to 40 percent off and select robot, cordless, and upright vacuums from Shark will be marked down by as much as 43 percent.
  • Save 40 percent on Levi’s for the family and up to 30 percent on Adidas. 
  • There will be broad savings on toys from L.O.L. Surprise!, PAW Patrol, Bluey, Little Tikes, Fisher-Price, Barbie, Hot Wheels, and more. 

Best Buy

Best Buy’s Black Friday sale began Nov. 19. You’ll discover thousands of incredible deals on some of the most popular tech products of the year.

  • Get a free $50 Best Buy e-gift card with Oculus Quest 2 headset
  • Save 30 percent on Ring Video Doorbell Wired, plus get a free Echo Dot
  • Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle: $299 
  • Apple iMac with Retina 4K display: $999 (save $500)
  • Save $100 on Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal cord-free stick vacuum.


JCPenney has been hosting sales throughout November, but there are still more to come. Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, with deals available online. The Black Friday sale starts online and in-store Friday (stores open at 5 a.m.) through Sunday.

  • Bella essentials small appliances: $7.99 after rebate
  • Save 40 percent on Disney clothes, toys and costumes
  • Cuisinart and Cooks cookware sets: $59.99-$69.99
  • Save up to 75 percent off fine jewelry after you take an additional 40 percent off reduced prices
  • Women’s and men’s sweaters and vests priced between $9.99 and $14.99

Most stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but a select few will open for eager shoppers.

Big Lots: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. 
CVS: Stores will be open but hours will vary
Dollar General: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Five Below: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Michael’s: 6 p.m.-midnight
Old Navy: Stores open at 3 p.m.
Rite Aid: Stores will be open but hours will vary
Walgreen’s: Stores will be open but hours will vary
Whole Foods: Open for modified hours; call ahead

All malls will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and anchor store hours will vary. 

Local Mall Hours:

Colonie Center: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Crossgates: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wilton Mall: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


The Kohl’s Black Friday sale starts in-store and online on Tuesday and runs until Black Friday. Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but you can shop online. All shoppers earn $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, plus there’s a coupon good for 15 percent off a purchase in the flyer or available on 

  • Amazon FireHD 8 tablet: $44.99 (save $45)
  • Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch: $119 plus earn $30 Kohl’s Cash
  • Amazon All-new Echo Show 5: $44.99 (save $40)
  • KitchenAid 5-qt. Artisan Series mixer with Fresh Prep attachment bundle: $349.99 plus earn $105 in Kohl’s Cash
  • Save 50 percent on Tek Gear performance apparel and Levi’s for the family


This year, you can officially start shopping the Macy’s Black Friday deals online, in stores and on the app from Tuesday to Saturday. Stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day, opening at 6 a.m. Black Friday.

  • Sullivan 1400-Thread Count Sheet Set: $29.99
  • Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-Qt. 9-in-1, One-Touch Multi-Cooker: $59.99 (50 percent off)
  • Tag Ridgefield five-piece luggage set: $79.99 (regularly $300)
  • Take 60 percent off select coats for the entire family
  • Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette: $27 (50 percent off)


Target’s Black Friday sales start online and in stores on Sunday through Saturday. While stores will be closed for Thanksgiving Day, most will open early at 7 a.m. local time on Black Friday.

  • Element 65-inch 4K UHD Roku TV: $299 (save $350)
  • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Neon Blue/Red + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + 3 Month Online Bundle: $299
  • KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Stand Mixer: $219 (save $210)
  • Get a free $300 Target gift card with the activation of a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G phone
  • Take up to 50 percent off select toys, including L.O.L. Surprise!, board games, art kits and 40 percent off select LEGO sets.


Walmart’s 2021 Black Friday sale starts online at 7 p.m. Monday (3 p.m. for Walmart Plus members) and in-store at 5 a.m. Black Friday. 

  • Apple Watch Series 3 GPS – 38mm – Sport Band: $109 (save $90)
  • Get up to $750 in gift cards on select Apple and Samsung phone purchases
  • MSI GF63 Thin i5 GTX 1650 MaxQ 8GB/256GB Gaming Laptop: $499 (save $150)
  • The Pioneer Woman Sweet Romance 30-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set: $79.99
  • PowerXL Air Fryer Home Pro 12-Quart Air Fryer Oven: $69


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