Wondering which stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2022? A decent number of them have decided to take the holiday off, actually. Some retailers will open early on Black Friday, though, while others have announced they’ll stay closed for Black Friday.
It’s a lot to keep up with, but here’s the most important part: they all have incredible Black Friday deals online — and Cyber Monday too, of course. In a year marked by massive inflation and the aftershocks of an epic supply chain crisis, it's more crucial than ever to devise a smart strategy to maximize savings and really stretch your dollars this season. We gathered all the need-to-know info to save you money and time while you embark on the gift-shopping season.
Which stores are closed on Thanksgiving 2022?
The verdict is in: The following stores are closing their doors on Turkey Day, and a few are even taking off Black Friday. Let’s be grateful for the early online deals, though!
Closed on Thanksgiving, open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
instax cameras are all the rage, so gift this to someone who loves photography, social media or simply documenting great times. It's a set that comes with a 10-pack of film, an album, a case, and frame stickers to dress up your pics for a holiday or birthday.
This is one of the best early Black Friday deals we've found, on a popular air fryer by Power XL that's a perfect beginner unit for novices. Make no mistake: This appliance gets the job done, with 10 pre-programmed settings and a "turbo-charged whirlwind vortex of superheated hot air."
This 4K Ultra HD TV is all about the vibrant colors! It uses something called Quantum Dot Color, which encompasses over one billion colors! Contrast, brightness and motion are enhanced, too. Built-in Roku lets you stream to your heart's content.
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The Google Nest Learning Thermostat is a Black Friday score, with an impressive 4.8 star rating from more than 10,000 reviewers. It lets you control your home's temperature from your phone or laptop, auto-schedule and save energy, among many other features.
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This suitcase weighs in at under seven pounds and meets most international and domestic carry-on size requirements. Plus, it comes in both pink and blue, so you'll never mistake your bag for another traveler's.
The durable enameled finish of this Le Creuset skillet eliminates the need for traditional seasoning and maintenance of raw cast iron. It comes in six fun colors, so there's sure to be a tone to coordinate with anyone's kitchen color scheme.
Gift these insulated mittens to someone who loves camping, working outdoors or simply lives in a snowy climate. They keep hands exceptionally warm and have a secure enough grip to allow you to comfortably and safely use a shovel or a power tool.
What grocery stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day 2022?
Yes, even supermarket employees take time to tuck in on Turkey Day, so don't wait till the big day to grab your groceries. These are the supermarkets closed on Thanksgiving (hint, they're some of your favorites):
What's the strategy to find the best Black Friday deals?
How do you score the best deals this Thanksgiving weekend in a sea of seemingly endless Black Friday sales? Kristen Gall, Retail and Shopping Expert for Rakuten, believes that retailers’ overstock categories will be the biggest predictor of Black Friday gold. That includes “home goods, gardening, and furniture that they may have not gotten rid of during Labor Day Weekend sales,” she says.
But she notes that Black Friday will also focus on “bigger-ticket items, such as technology products, including laptops, TVs and more.” Other shopping experts agree that personal-tech items will be the bread and butter of Black Friday 2022. Some of the favorites in this race are laptops, smartphones, TVs, Apple devices, cameras, toys and kitchen appliances.
Will inflation impact Black Friday this year?
Last year, consumers spent nearly $9 billion on Black Friday, just slightly less than the year prior — proving that the economic volatility triggered by the pandemic most likely impacted spending habits. Experts say it’s unclear how inflation will affect Black Friday behavior this year, but they have their theories.
“According to our survey, 70% of shoppers are taking inflation into consideration this year,” confirms McGrath. That means people are not necessarily waiting for Black Friday itself to maximize savings, and are instead “beginning their holiday shopping earlier than ever in an effort to spread out cash flow,” adds Gall.
To meet this demand, major retailers are already launching big ‘pre-sale’ events leading up to Black Friday. “Spreading out their shopping will help to prevent [consumers’] budgets from taking a hit all at once,” notes Ramhold. One possible caveat? “If starting prices are higher, then that means [potentially] higher deal prices when all is said and done.”
Are supply chain delays and excess inventory still a thing this year?
‘Any supply chain issues we're seeing this year aren't at the same level as those in 2021, but that doesn't mean they're totally gone,” says Ramhold of the pandemic-related shortages and delivery delays we experienced last year. So, barring any worst-case scenarios, we should be fine in that regard,
“Retailers have had a year to plan to avoid the massive delivery delays we saw last year, so shopping Black Friday should leave plenty of time for stuff to arrive before the holidays,” notes McGrath. “But that's assuming no big surprises or snags. Retailers are still overstocked with pandemic-popular items, like small home goods, countertop appliances and casual clothing. So expect good deals in those categories.”
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