Black Friday

Black Friday Round-up: Store Deals and Doorbusters

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Although the economy is far from robust and an overall wallet clampdown is still going on, many won’t be able to resist the siren’s call of Black Friday. Yes, friends a man-made monster is indeed on the loose and is coming to a city near you. Look out, its Black Friday, coming this Friday, Nov. 25th. This shopping catastrophe of in-store overcrowding is on the rampage. It will leave carnage in its wake and shoppers sleeping in their cars overnight. This year, many stores are starting their “Black Friday” deals tonight and even today, with stores open on Thanksgiving.  Some of you may have already read the outcry from store employees who have to work on their holiday.

The traditional contagion known as Black Friday takes over the mild mannered, luring them out to malls in the US at 4am and 5am, in a mad rush to get into the store early for door buster specials and promises like “the first 50 customers in the store will receive “…… fill in the blank.  I used to be kinda excited about Black Friday, but this year, I’m not so much.  That’s because Black Friday seems to last for 30 days now, not just 1 day, and it’s getting longer and longer.  I may just sleep in.  What about you?

If you are thinking of rousing yourself from a tryptophan (sleep inducing) turkey coma to head to the store, here is a little list of deals compiled via The Recessionista’s radar system. I’m breaking it down into categories, to try to bring you the best savings. Here we go!


H&M : Most H&M stores will open at 5am. Look for scratch off coupons for the first 300 customers in line.
Black Friday Specials:

Fashion finds starting at $5 (example pricing included above)
Select outerwear styles at 50% percent off
Look for Versace returns at select stores 🙂

Zara stores will be opening early on Black Friday.

Kohl’s: Literally there is something for everyone at this sale. Kohl’s opens tonight, Thursday night at Midnight, 12:00 am. Clothing and accessories for the entire family and all ages will be on sale. There will be 500 Early Bird specials.  Check out Retail Me Not for a Kohl’s coupon to save.  Look for discounts on Simply Vera, Dana, J Lo and more.

Ann Taylor Loft: Sale already in progress for 40% off entire site.  There are some great sequined tops on sale.

Loehmann’s: Their sale starts at 6 am Nov. 25th. You’ll save an extra 20% off of their already low prices. Love me some Loehmann’s. I love the Alice Temperley dress I picked up at Loehmann’s for about 75% of it’s retail price.  It is amazing! Click here for a coupon for the fist 400 shoppers to save.

Macy’s: Savings throughout the store and online. Also, clip the savings pass on their website. Check their website to see 250 items that will be on sale at 5 am at and in-store. More deals are coming the week of Dec. 2nd. Did you get your friends and family discount cards in the mail yet?

JCPenney: Savings on  Mango, Nicole Miller, Ronson and Bisou Bisou. Check their Facebook page for details. Click here for details and doorbusters.

BCBG: Black Friday Doorbuster: 50% Off Any Two Items, In-Store Only, Till 11 A.M. Check the online final cut outlet. Look for savings in-store too, on quality items.

Betsey Johnson: 40% off everything in the online store (excluding jewelry, and select other items, check restrictions) starts Nov. 24 through Nov. 28th.

Saks Fifth Ave: 8 AM – Noon in Saks stores. Up to 70% off original prices on selections for her & him.  40% off EVERYTHING at Look for deals on my favorite, One Grey Day.

TJ Maxx–always low priced savings everyday, at all stores.  Stores open at 7 am or earlier on Black Friday, check your local store for details.

GAP: The Gap will offer 60% off the entire store. Details on their Facebook page.

Crash & Burn’s e-store launched just in time for the biggest shopping event of the year, Black Friday! The new online shop will be offering 50% off on all merchandise for Black Friday Weekend 11/25, 11/26, and 11/27 + free standard shipping! Receive 50% off all merchandise by entering BLACK50 when checking out! Avoid the lines this year and shop online

Shoes & Handbags

Nine West is offering great savings in stores and on site. Beginning at 5am online on Friday November 25th, the Bonfire, Polen, Husky and Mezmorize styles ( will be 50% off until 11 am. After 11 am, the styles will still be 30% off. Additionally, Nine West is partnering with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 6th consecutive year. Donate $1 or more in store or at, you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off your next purchase in January. 30% off Reg. Price Boots, Slippers, and Accessories – over 9,000 styles from over 100 brands!

Jones New York: Check out for special savings.  Shop the Jones New York sale and save an additional 30% off sale with savings up to 80% off!

Sponsored Deals:

Beyond the Rack Shopping Club
Black Friday Fever at Beyond the Rack! Join today and receive a $15 shopping credit and Free Shipping on purchases over $100. Invitation Code: BLACKFRI15. Starts 11/25 at 12:01AM EST and ends 11/27 11:59PM EST

French Connection:

Enjoy 30% off any purchase plus free shipping on orders over $150. Offer valid 11.23 through 11.28. Use code FCBLKFRI.

1100 DVD Titles Priced up to 75% off plus Free Shipping for Black Friday at!

Sole Society: check out online shoe shopping club Sole Society.  The selection includes boots, flats and heels depending on your self selected fashion profile. If you’re not already a member, join here by using my invite.  Use code HOLIDAY10 at check out to get $10.00 off your first purchase

Big Box Stores:

Walmart: Check their online site for the post on the coming savings. Most of it will be offered online, as well as in-store.

Best Buy: I haven’t looked through their entire ad, but I have to mention but they usually have great deals on Apple Macs.

Sears: Check the Black Friday deals on their website.

Kmart:  Blue Friday is what they call it.  They are opening early for special savings. Check out the cashmere in the Jaclyn Smith collection  top-rated last year by Real Simple Magazine. Their website is offering extra savings of 50% off of Toys, specials on Electronics and more. Check the Kmart site homepage for details.

Kohl’s: The store’s entire stock of video games will be discounted 20% to 30%.


JC Penney has Door Busters starting at 4 am.

Avon:  I’m a fan of their face creams, U by Unargo line and Jillian Dempsey products. Who knew Avon had Unargo cosmetics? I am loving the face powder. There are also lipsticks, but they only come in 3 colors right now. The prices are reasonable and the quality is good, on the level of more expensive brands like Estee Lauder and Clinique.


BCBG: Black Friday Doorbuster: 50% Off Any Two Items, In-Store Only, Till 11 A.M.

Loehmann’s: Doors open 6am on Friday & 8am on Saturday (Paramus, NJ stores open at 7am on Friday.) Expect Thanksgiving deals at up to 84% off department store prices. Special $20 Coupon for the First 400 Loehmann’s Shoppers!  Loehmann’s is giving out  $20 Savings Coupons* for the first 400 shoppers that come to Loehmann’s on Friday and Saturday! Shop early and save more.  The $20 coupons can be used towards any purchase of $40 or more!

JC Penney: Offers a variety of doorbusters starting at 4 am .  Check their website for details.

Old Navy will offer doorbusters, including special deals for the first few customers in line on Thanksgiving Day, $15 sweaters, and 50 percent off outerwear.

Toys “R” Us: Thursday 11/24 9 pm to Friday 11/25 1pm.  Check their ads for details.   Be prepared for long wait times in store and at the register if you do this one. It takes longer to purchase than to get your doorbuster item, that is how long the lines are! If you are willing to face it because of love for the kids, then visit the Toys “R” Us Facebook page take a look at 100 additional “Mystery Deals” on at midnight on November 25. Get prepared. You need to check the deals before you stand in the cold in line at the Toys R Us with the “dedicated” eBayers.


Los Angeles: Midnight Madnesss
Camarillo and Desert Hills Premium Outlets  Black Friday
For a complete listing of promotions for the whole weekend visit: Camarillo and Desert Hills outlet websites. Check for Premium or Chelsea Outlets in your area to see if they are having midnight madness specials.

Online: Offers convenient Black Friday shopping with no waiting in line!

Check the Yahoo Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Listing.

Los Angeles:
Nicole Miller in West Hollywood is having an exclusive shopping event on Black Friday, November 25. Nicole Miller will donate 15% of sales on this day to the Foodbank.  Your help is needed to help feed our hungry neighbors in need this Holiday season.

More links from

  • Amazon’s Black Friday Sale
  • Kohl’s Black Friday Sale
  • Sears Thanksgiving Day Sale
  • Lowe’s Black Friday Sale
  • Sam’s Club Black Friday Sale

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.