Here’s some great news for families looking to stretch their holiday shopping dollars. Toys R Us and Target have released their Black Friday ads, and the deals on toys and electronics for kids are looking pretty good for 2010. If you’re a strong believer in the old saying, “the early bird gets the worm”, then the early release of Black Friday ads is the perfect opportunity to scope out the best deals around. Below are the highlights of the Black Friday 2010 deals being offered by Toys R Us and Target.
Toys R Us deals for Black Friday 2010:
This year Toys R Us is having two different doorbuster sales. The first sale will start on 10:00pm Thanksgiving night and last till on 1:00pm on Black Friday. The second set of doorbusters goes on sale at 5:00am on Black Friday and last until 1:00pm. The advertisement itself includes deals on toys, electronics, and video games.
Highlights from the Toys R Us Black Friday 2010 sale ad:
- Free $50 Gift Card with any iPod Touch purchase: 8GB, $229.99; 32GB, $299.99.
- 50% off Barbie Fashion Fairytale Flairy Dolls gift set.
- 50% off Riptune 2 GB MP3 Player with video playback. Reg. $34.99, sale $15.99.
- 33% off Lego Construction Sets.
- 50% off Toy Story 3 Talking U-Command Buzz Lightyear. Reg. $79.99, sale $39.99.
- 75% off Transformers cannon or helmet. Reg. #39.99, sale $9.99.
- 50% off Transformers, Iron Man or G.I. Joe action figures.
- 60% off all Disney Treasury books.
- Buy one, get one free: All LeapFrog Software.
- 50% off Coby 7” digital picture frame. Reg. $49.99, sale $24.99.
- $9.99 games: Saucer Scramble, Sorry! Sliders, Connect 4×4. Reg. $19.99-$24.99.
- $9.99 select Nintendo DS games.
Click on Toysrus.com to view the complete 2010 Black Friday advertisement. There are a dozen Toys R Us stores located on the Northside of Atlanta. To find a store close to you, click on Toys R Us store national store locator.
Target deals for Black Friday 2010:
Stores open at 4:00 a.m., but the lines begin much sooner. Doorbuster deals are available from 4:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Below are some of the hottest Black Friday 2010 deals offered at Target:
- $13 for popular new release DVDs, like Toy Story 3 and Grown Ups.
- $67 Wii Fit Plus Bundle. Reg. $99.99.
- $17 Razor folding scooter. Reg. $29.99.
- $39.99 Disney Princess Deluxe Talking Kitchen. Reg. $78.99, sale $39.99.
- $99 Sony Blu-Ray Player. Reg. $179.99.
- $327.99 Samsung 32” 720 LCD HDTV.
- Free $10 Target gift card with any $100 purchase.
- $3.99 pre-school games, like Hi-Ho Cherry-O, Cootie, Memory, Vandyland, Chutes and Ladders and Yahtzee. While supplies last.
- Free $15 Target gift card with purchase of $145 8GB iPod Nano.
- $127 PSP holiday bundle.
- $7, $17, $27 and $35 video games for Nintendo DS, PS3 and Xbox.
- $3.99 DVDs: The Blind Side, Marley & Me, Mamma Mia, The Dark Knight.
To view the entire Target Black Friday ad on-line, click on Blackfriday.com. There are a ton of Target stores located across Atlanta. For s location closest to you, click on Target’s official store locator.
Tips for saving money on holiday shopping:
The 2010 holidays shopping season is upon us already. That’s right, retailers in Atlanta and across the nation are already offering huge discounts, well in advance of Black Friday. Sears is running a series of Pre-Black Friday Sale weekends, as are other big box retailers. Because retailers have cut their inventories and are offering early deals, consumer experts advise people to shop early this year to score the best bargains If you wait until the last minute, selection will be slim and the big discounts may be gone.
Here are some more tips to save money this holiday season:
- Make lists of gifts you need to buy. Include sizes, preferences, etc. Also include an approximate amount you want to spend on that person and stick to it. This will help control impulse buys.
- Take advantage of on-line bargains. The Monday after Black Friday is known as Cyber Monday. Many on-line retailers offer their best bargains that day. Cyber Monday for 2010 is November 29th.
- Minimize the use of your credit card. It’s easy to lose track of your holiday expenditures when you’re constantly whipping out your credit card. A better idea is to buy with cash. When the cash is gone, your holiday shopping is done.
- Shop at discount stores rather than the mall. Mall stores typically mark-up prices 25% in order to cover their steep rents. Shopping at discount stores like Sam’s Club, Walmart and Target will save you big bucks. Marshalls and TJ Maxx are other options that offer deep discounts on quality merchandise. Kohls runs some of the best sales around and offers cash back on purchases. It’s all about getting the most bang for your buck.
- Do your research before heading out. If you’re brave enough to shop on Black Friday, be sure to have a plan of action. Write down the stores you want to hit and the items you wish to purchase. Continue to seek out the deals by frequently visiting websites like blackfriday2010.com, bfads.net, blackfriday.com, and blackfriday.gottadeal.com.
- Walmart often offers rock bottom Black Friday deals on toys and electronics for kids. It has not yet released its Black Friday ad, so check back here for updates.
- Great deals on flat screen TVs. There is an over abundance of flat screen TVs on the market right now, so retailers are offering some great deals on flat panels ranging in size from 32″-50″. If you’re looking for a new TV, now is a great time to buy.
The bargains are out there, so be smart consumers and seek them out this holiday season. Atlanta consumer expert Clark Howard had this to say about holiday bargains this year…
Retailers are trembling with fear about this Christmas selling season because of the continuing weak economy. As a result, many discounts are appearing right now, weeks ahead of the holiday.
I was stunned to see a Fry’s ad for a 50-inch plasma TV for $499. That’s below the price point I expected on Black Friday!
On the toy front, Walmart has been so worried about Christmas that it launched a toy sale as early as mid-October. From what I’ve seen, Walmart’s early aggressive discounts are about 30 to 40 percent off usual toy prices. Meanwhile, Target has been putting about half of all its toys on sale in a typical week. That’s why it might make sense, if you can afford it, to buy toys now on promotion, rather than wait for the few weeks right before Christmas as most people traditionally do.
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