If you are trying to plan your Black Friday hunt, check out this list of store openings and select deals. Be sure to find out if the deal is available in your local store or online only. As ABC News' Elisabeth Leamy points out in this week's consumer column, How to Tell if Black Friday Deal is a Steal, some deals aren't really deals at all.
The following is a list of 31 store openings across the country from smaller specialty stores to large national chains, first collected by CouponSherpa.com. Check your local store for details and to compare prices before you plan your shopping outing.
1. AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service): 4 a.m. Friday
Active and retired military guard and their families are authorized shoppers for the Exchange. Those shoppers can purchase a Mac and receive an Apple TV on Friday while supplies last. Army and Air Force Exchanges will offer 25 percent off all Coach handbags (in store and online) on Black Friday for two hours (5 pm-7 pm local time). The Exchange will also have Xbox 360 4GB gaming systems for $99.95 (in store only).
2. Academy Sports + Outdoors: 5 a.m. Friday
Customers can shop select doorbuster deals online beginning at 12:01 a.m. CST
3. Ace Hardware: Hours vary by store because each are independently owned, says a spokeswoman.
Enter to win a Craftsman 5-drawer tool center Friday only in stores. For Saturday only, Ace will offer a coupon for "50% Off One Item Under $30" on the cover of the Ace circular and online.
4. A.C. Moore: 5 a.m. Friday, with some exceptions
Free $10 gift card to the first 50 customers in stores
5. Babies"'R" Us: 5 a.m. Friday
Store special: Free $10 gift card on toy purchase of $75 or more (with flier coupon). Serta Master Sleeper Crib and Toddler Mattress will be 50 percent off at Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us $89.99 from $179.99. Online offer: Free shipping with purchase of $100 or more.
6. Banana Republic: Midnight Friday, many stores
Get 40 percent off your purchase on Friday until 1 p.m. and 25 percent off your purchase for the remainder of the day. Through Thursday, save 40 percent off select "Style Level" promotions. From Saturday to Monday, save up to 40 percent off select "Style Level" promotions.
7. Bass Pro Shops: 6 a.m. Friday
The company's five-hour only sale includes the Masterbuilt 30 inch stainless steel smokehouse with remote control and built-in meat probe for $179.99, originally from $329.99. Also on sale only from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. are RedHead 5-pocket jeans in various styles for $9.97, originally from $29.99 to $34.99.
8. Best Buy: Midnight Friday
At 120 stores at 9.p.m. on Thanksgiving, Best Buy will have an outdoor, big-screen viewing of the film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Best Buy will sell several items at deep discounts in extremely limited qualities, such as a minimum of ten Sharp 42-inch LCD HDTVs per store at $200, originally $500. Online offer: Online only deals starting on Thursday. Free shipping on everything, through Dec. 27.
9. BJ's: 7 a.m. Friday
BJ's offers an instant $320 rebate on an exclusive Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera Bundle. Regularly $1,169.99, from Friday to Sunday, members will pay $849.99 for the camera, 18-55mm and 55-200mm NIKKOR VR lenses, a Nikon bag and instructional DVD. BJ's also has a $800 instant rebate on the Samsung 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV with Wi-Fi (with bonus Wireless LinkStick included), which is regularly $1,899.99 but will be $1,099.99 at the register. These offers will also be available online as an instant savings. Online sale prices start at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at BJs.com.
10. Cabela's: 5 a.m. Friday
Free gift promotions including a gift card up to $100 or hooded sweat shirt to the first 800 in line by 5 a.m. at each store. Other deals include saving $130 on a Champion Weekender 3,500-Watt Generator for $299.99.
11. Costco: 9 a.m. Friday
Online special: Online-only coupons good through Nov. 27.
12. Express: Midnight Friday
13. GameStop: Midnight Friday, with some stores open at 5 a.m.
LEGO Battles: Ninjago for Nintendo DS will be on sale for $9.99, originally $29.99, from Friday to Dec. 3 in stores and online. Buy 2 get 1 free on all pre-owned products from Friday to Sunday in stores and online. Online offer: Free Value Shipping on game and accessory orders over $20.
14. Gap: Midnight Friday in most stores
Save up to 60 percent off the entire store Tuesday to Sunday. On Friday until noon, buy $19 women's jeans and sweaters and $15 GapKids and BabyGap profleece Gap arch hoodies. On Saturday and Sunday buy $10 Layering/Long-sleeved Adult T-shirts and 60 percent off GapKids Graphic Tees.
15. Gordmans: 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday
Get a Rachel Ray 10-piece Cookware Sets with bonus Bench Scrape for $69.99, originally $200; a Libby 12 piece wine, martini or margarita glassware sets for $8.99, originally $36 to $40; Lounge pants for $3.99 from $20 originally; Barbie Toys for $2.49 to $12.99, originally $8 to $30.
16. Half Price Books: 7 a.m. Friday
Store special: First 100 people per store receive a tote bag and $5 gift card. One person at each store will receive a $100 gift card. In-store shoppers will all receive a coupon good all day Friday where they can choose 40 percent off their highest priced item or $15 off their purchase of $50. Online offer: Receive a $5 coupon with each 25 gift card.
17. JCPenney: 4 a.m. Friday
Stores will have over 500 Black Friday deals including great Doorbuster specials from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. JCPenney will have over 100 styles of boots at $29.99, originally $70 to $120; over 50 choices of boots at $19.99, originally $60 to $80; and Nerf, Barbie and Fisher Price toys for $3.99 each, originally $12.99 to $19.99. For every customer that checks in on Foursquare at a store on Black Friday between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m., JCPenney will donate $25 to The Salvation Army, up to $100,000.
18. Kmart: 6.a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in most markets; 5 a.m. Friday to 11 p.m. nationwide.
On Thanksgiving day, save $150 on Panasonic 42" plasma HDTV for $399.99, originally $549.99; and buy one board game, get one at 50 percent off. On Black Friday, get a PlayStation 3 2011 Holiday Bundle, which includes a 160GB entertainment system, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One PS3 game and Little Big Planet 2 Special Edition PS3 game, for $199.99, originally $219.99. Save 70 percent on all fine jewelry, plus save an extra 10 percent on all Red Tag jewelry. Save $50 on Garmin 40LM for $99.99, originally $149.99. Online offer: Free shipping on qualifying orders of $50 or more with promo code HOLIDAY.
19. Kohl's: Midnight Friday
Those who shop before 1.p.m. can buy Early Bird specials and online customers can feature these specials on Thanksgiving day.
A Polaroid 7" touch screen Android tablet is on sale for $99.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate with a bonus accessory kit, originally $179.99. A Vivitar 12.1 MP high-definition digital video camcorder will be on sale for $59.99, originally $149.99. Customers can also save 50 percent on entire stock of toys from Fisher-Price, Playskool, Little Tikes, Barbie, Disney Princess, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Tonka, Crayola and Play-Doh. Online offer: Free shipping with $50 minimum purchase.
20. Macy's: 4 a.m. Friday
Sharper Image iPhone/iPod docking stations will be 50 percent off. With any $65 fragrance purchase, receive a digital video camera free, one per customer while supplies last. Diamond studs, ½ CT in 14k white gold, will be $199.
21. Michaels: 4 to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. Friday. Check your local weekly Michael's ad for deals, including 50 percent off pre-lit entryway holiday garlands and Christmas trees.
22. Office Max: 6 a.m. Friday
Save $15 on a $100 VISA or MasterCard gift card Friday and Saturday. Buy a Toshiba Satellite Laptop featuring AMD Dual-Core E-450 Accelerated Processor for $299.99, regularly $429.99. Or get a Nikon Coolpix S6100 Digital Camera with 720p HD Video for $119.99, originally $199.99, plus a free camera case and SD card. These will be available in-store and online Friday and Saturday. Deals will also be available online Thanksgiving day. Online offer: Free $10 OfficeMax gift card with purchase of 2 HP ink cartridges priced $24.99 or higher
23. Old Navy: 9 a.m. Thanksgiving and midnight Friday
On Thanksgiving in stores, customers can participate in 3-D electronics giveaways, movie tickets and other discounts. Be one of the first customers in line, and spend $40 on Old Navy products on Black Friday to get a free Kodak Easyshare sport waterproof digital camera bundle while supplies last, worth over $100, which includes a coupon for a free Kodak Gallery medium wall photo calendar, a $10 off coupon for a Kodak Easyshare Inkjet Printer Featuring 3D printing. Customers can purchase performance fleece accessories for $5; fashion jeans for kids and baby for $15, sweaters for the whole family for $15; kids and baby frost free jackets for $20
24. Pep Boys: 6 a.m. Friday
Buy two installed tires and get a free oil change. Buy three installed tires and get the fourth tire free for all sizes and brands. See the circular for deals specific to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For example, on Friday, from 6 to 11 a.m., Castrol Edge Motor Oil will be on sale for $4 a quart.
25. Rite Aid: 7 a.m. Thanksgiving (at select stores) through 11:59 p.m. Friday Store special: $10 reward when you buy a $50 Home Improvement gift card.
26. Sam's Club: 5 a.m. Friday
The warehouse will have a complimentary breakfast from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. with hot egg sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt and coffee. Shoppers who join Sam's Club or upgrade to Plus Membership while in-club through the weekend will receive a $20 gift card to spend immediately. Also, Sam's Club Credit account holders will pay no interest on a single-item purchase of $488 or more if paid in full in 24 months. Deals include Black & White Diamond Earrings, 1.0 CT T.W., for $149; a Dyson DC 24 All-floor vacuum for $279; a Samsung 51" Class 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $498; an HP Pavilion 17.3" Notebook for $499; a Sony 160GB PS3 Complete Entertainment Bundle for $239; a Cuisinart Classic 15 piece Nonstick Hard-Anodized Cookware Set for $99; a 7' Pre-lit Pull-Up Christmas Tree for $99. Online offer: Shop Black Friday deals starting 11 p.m. EST Wednesday at SamsClub.com.
27. Sears: 4 a.m. Friday Store special: Save 50 percent on both Kenmore washer and dryer for $469.99 each, originally $940.99 each. Save over 40 percent on Kenmore 25-cubic foot refrigerator for $699.99, originally $1,269.99. Save $200 on Zenith 50-inch HDTV for $499.99, originally $699.99. Save 50 percent off Craftsman C3 19.2-volt drill for $39.99. Plus, free tool bag with any $20 tool purchase. Save $230 on Craftsman dual-stage, 22-inch snow thrower for $499.99.
28. Staples: 6 a.m. Friday
Save $200 to $300 on HP laptops, including a 17.3-inch 4GB RAM only on Friday for $599.99, originally $899.99. In-stores, get a free HP Everyday Photo Paper and Norton Internet Security 2012, with rebate.
29. Target: Midnight to 11 p.m. Friday
Target also has a 4-day sale that ends on Wednesday so shoppers can beat the crowds for "Black Friday-like deals," including $599 for a Sony 40-inch LCD TV, normally $799.99. Check your local weekly ad for Black Friday deals such as $298 for a Westinghouse 46-inch LCD HDTV, normally $549.99.
30. Toys "R" Us: 9 p.m. Thursday
Free $50 gift card when you buy any Apple iPod touch in-store. Online offer: Special online deals starting 7am on Thanksgiving Day. Free shipping on most items with no minimum purchase; 50 percent off Sylvania 7-inch Android Tablet or 7-inch Android Netbook – Was: $149.99 each; now: $74.99 each
31. Walmart: At 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Walmart will feature sales on toys, home and apparel items. At midnight Friday stores will feature sales on electronics. At 8 a.m. Walmart will have sales on other items.
Sale items include infant/toddlers' 2-Piece Character Sleepwear originally for $9.88 and on sale for $4.47. A Brother Limited Edition Project Runway 20-Stitch Sewing Machine originally for $69.88 will be on sale for $49.97. A 201-Piece Socket Set originally for $99.99 will be on sale for $55. A Bissell 3-in-1 Vac was $19.99 and will be $8.54. Online offer: Visit Walmart.com to download a map of your store, labeled with the locations of special items.