The holiday shopping season is starting earlier than ever this year, with most major retailers opening on Thanksgiving rather than waiting until the wee hours of Black Friday morning to open their doors. In order to get the best deals on just about everything, do your research before you venture out before you face the holiday hordes.
Read Milwaukee Thanksgiving and Black Friday Ads in Print
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day edition it going to be filled with Black Friday shopping ads. Be sure to pick one of these papers up, but do realize that many in the metro area are going to be reading this same paper -- don't rely on the newspaper alone. Pull ads for a few stores, then gather information from other sources as well.
Read Milwaukee Black Friday Ads Online
There are tons of sites devoted to bringing you up-to-the-minute information on Black Friday deals. These will be a great resource in supplementing your newspaper ads.
Plan Your Route
The "big box" stores that you desperately need to get to are invariably going to be located on opposite ends of town. Check out the opening times of the stores you most want to hit and plan your route accordingly.
- Toys R Us - 5 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Best Buy - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Sports Authority - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Walmart - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Boston Store - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- JCPenney - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Kohl's - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Macy's - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Sears - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
- Target - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving evening
Don't Forget About the Outlets
It's a bit of a drive to get to any of of the bigger outlets, but if you're going through the hassle of Black Friday anyway, why not do it right?
- Johnson Creek Premium Outlets - Johnson Creek, Wisconsin - Head west about 45 minutes to Johnson Creek to take advantage of already discounted wares at an easy-access outlet mall, and ditch the hassle of city driving. Most stores at Johnson Creek will open as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.
- Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall - Gurnee, Illinois - At just about an hour's driving time, you can be across the border at one of the best outlets in the Midwest. Gurnee Mills stores will open on Thanksgiving evening.