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Black Friday update: new ads are leaked!

Posted November 8, 2012


The Black Friday ads are beginning to leak and there are some great deals to be had, if you are up to the challenge. Here's a list of some of the leaked ads and where to get a sneak peek.

You will see that many stores have Thursday only sales, weekend sales, Friday only sales, sales valid only Friday morning, etc. If you are shopping at actual stores for Black Friday, do your homework and make sure you know what stores open when and how long their best sales will last. The Black Friday websites I have listed below have the Black Friday store hours listed for many stores already.

Available Black Friday ads:

Walmart - they have an interesting 1-hour guarantee for 3 items this year from 10 - 11 pm Thanksgiving day.  The deal is good on these 3 products:

Emerson 32" HDTV for $148

LG Blu-ray Player for $38

Apple iPad 2 w/ $75 Gift Card for $399

From "The guarantee states that those three items will remain in-stock and available for purchase from 10pm to 11pm on Thanksgiving Day. If any of the items sells out, you can purchase a "Guarantee Card" which will ensure that you will get the item before Christmas at the advertised Black Friday price. "

Walgreens - including free Redbox rental to first 250 in each store who make a purchase and a number of freebies after register rewards

Rite Aid

Office Max


Best Buy - including a Toshiba 40" HDTV for $179.99 and select Blu-ray movies for $3.99

Bed Bath & Beyond

Sam's Club






Family Dollar

Old Navy

Radio Shack

Gander Mountain and more!

To see the ads, head to the following Black Friday websites that have leaked copies of the ads.

Black Friday at HERE HERE

Additional Black Friday and holiday shopping information.

As I posted a couple weeks ago, Target and Best Buy are offering a new way to save at their stores this year: Price Matching!  Although there are restrictions regarding the policies, there are still some great opportunities to save you some money and limit the amount of stores you may need to visit to conquer your holiday shopping. Here are the details for both price-matching policies and more information can be found on both of the Black Friday sites mentioned above.

Best Buy started price-matching on Sunday, November 4th. They will price match from a list of 20 online retailers only but they will not price match the week of Black Friday through Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving). This obviously means that for the best Black Friday electronics deals, you won't be able to do all your shopping at Best Buy using the price match offer.   They will only match prices on exact items that they carry so the model numbers have to be the same for Best Buy to match the price from another online retailer.

Target will also be price-matching this holiday season beginning November 1 through December 16.  Customers will be able to price match online deals from,,,, and You can show the Target cashier the price on your Smartphone to get the deal or a Target employee can look up the price. The store also indicated that there would be free wi-fi in all their stores during the holidays.

New to Black Friday?: If you are not familiar with the shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday, it is the Friday after Thanksgiving and is the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. It's called “Black Friday” because this is usually the time when many stores start to make money and go into the black, as far as accounting is concerned.



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  • pre-K teacher Nov 11, 2012

    Last year on Thanksgiving night I ordered all the great deals From and Wal mart, it all shipped free and I had it the very next week. No lines no headache. I ordered some awesome sheets from Belk and more clothes deals and from Walmart some of the cheap stuff they had and a Wii.That is the way to go for me now.

  • scoutmomof2 Nov 9, 2012

    It has to be something really special to get me out there, especially that early. I went last year and was upset at the lines at midnight. At least when it was 4-6 am people went to bed and had to get up early. Last year they just stayed up and the lines were horrible. And the deals were not really worth it.

    I hope Old Navy does what they did last year, the weekend before the deal a day was outstanding, and much better then the Black Friday deals. I got 5 adult coats for $100 and sweaters the next day for a steal also.

  • carelesswhisper Nov 9, 2012

    I enjoy shopping- but as a leisure activity, not as an extreme sport. ;-)

    LOL!~ Well said!!!

  • busyb97 Nov 9, 2012

    The savings that may be had, aren't worth the gas I spend, the time I waste, and the headache I get. Sorry. Especially if I have to jump through hoops to get it.

    And many times, you can go to ONLINE Retailers and get the same (or better) deals! Even the same brick-and-mortar retailers websites.

    No thanks. The point of the gift-giving is about family, but how does that translate when you have to cut your holiday short with your family so you can go shopping?!

    I enjoy shopping- but as a leisure activity, not as an extreme sport. ;-)

    have fun to those who do!

  • internationalrescuehq Nov 9, 2012

    As a retail worker, I know this falls on deaf ears, but please, PLEASE don't go out shopping Thanksgiving night. It's no longer Black Friday, it's Thanksgiving. One person already posted about Walmart opening so early it's ruining their Thanksgiving. It's not just ruining yours, but every single retail worker's as well. I've seen the company I work for reduce its once 3 holidays off down to zero (holidays were once Easter day, Thanksgiving day, and Christmas day) because of greed and the fact that they can take as much money from you as possible, pulling wool over your eyes, and you'll just blindly go along with it. Yes, there might be a good deal here or there, but honestly, the better deals come either just before or just after Black Friday, and the best deals come from much earlier in the year (especially around time for stores to do their inventories). Be a smart shopper and start picking things up EARLIER in the year instead of waiting for D-Day in stores.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 8, 2012

    Diane - thanks for the recap. I prefer a drama-free blog so if anyone ever sees an objectionable post (which thankfully rarely happens), please click the Report Abuse button and the mods will weigh in on whether it needs to go. Thanks!

  • DianeNC Nov 8, 2012

    Faye - The mods went ahead and removed a post by acpackman that I reported that was a snide comment to clinton28328's post, below. It was rude and uncalled for. It clearly went against our posting guidelines, so hope you didn't mind my reporting it.

  • DianeNC Nov 8, 2012

    Staples has released a preview of their Black Friday ad:

    (For those signed up to receive e-mail from Staples, they'll be sending out info on Black Friday deals starting 11/18.)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 8, 2012

    Hmmm...not sure what I missed but whatever it was, I think I am glad the mods deleted it. I was teaching in Albemarle today and missed the first drama we had on here for eons. Go figure. lol

    Watchhillgirl - that is an awesome price for 600 thread count - especially if they are king size. I'll have to see if I can find them online.

  • watchhillgirl Nov 8, 2012

    I will have to hit Target if they have those wonderful sheets on sale. Every year that is a treat that I buy for myself and a set for each child. They are 600 or 700 count sheets for about $25.00. Such a deal and they are so comfortable. That is about the only thing I am really looking for.
    We are at a point now, that there is really nothing that we want or need. But it is so much fun to give!