Black Friday Store Hours & Ads

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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There’s so much information online regarding this year’s Black Friday sales.

If you’re looking to map out your plan of attack, consider heading to one of these sites for sale information:

Here are store opening times for some of the major stores on Black Friday (or should we call it Black Thursday Night?) this year:

8pm Thursday Night

  • Walmart
  • Kmart
  • Sears
  • Toys R Us

9pm Thursday night

  • Target
  • Shopko

Midnight Friday

  • Kohl’s
  • Boston Store
  • Younkers
  • Macy’s
  • Best Buy
  • Old Navy

5am Friday

  • Lowe’s
  • Menards

6am Friday

  • JC Penney
7am Friday
  • Marshalls

Keep in mind that some of the stores opening on Thursday night are staggering their doorbusters (some doorbusters start when the doors open, other start at 10pm, 5am, etc.)

If you know about additional store hours or a special promotion, please let us know by leaving a comment.

Good luck, Black Friday shoppers!  Be safe and be polite!

Best Buy – Earn Double Reward Points

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Best BuyBest Buy is offering double points today and tomorrow (May 5-6, 2012) on in-store and online purchases. You don’t need a coupon to get the extra points.

Do you know about Best Buy’s Reward Zone? For every $1 you spend, you get 1 point. Then, for every 250 points you accumulate, you get a $5 reward certificate. Read more about this free program here.

Bonus deal–free shipping for your online purchases! Free shipping does not include Marketplace items or items that are labeled as “In Store Only.” The free shipping offer is valid through May 7, 2012.

Best Buy also offers a “Perfect Match Promise.” Here’s what you get with their promise:

  • 30-day price match guarantee
  • 30-day phone support
  • 30-day return policy

We have used their price match guarantee. We recently bought a digital camera at the east location. We had done some research prior to our purchase, but we ended up buying a different camera.

As soon as we got home, we went online to check the competitor’s prices. Sure enough, we found the exact same camera for $70 cheaper at Amazon. We printed the offer, made a phone call to Best Buy, and we were able to get a $70 credit back to our card.

Black Friday Store Hours & Ads

November 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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flickr---kevinspencerThere’s so much information online regarding this year’s Black Friday sales.

If you’re looking to map out your plan of attack, consider heading to one of these sites for sale information:

Thanks to, we have a thorough list of Black Friday store hours. I’ve included a link to the Black Friday ad for a few stores, but if you want to see one that I don’t have linked, just use the link mentioned above.

Black Friday Store Hours

  • American–5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Babies “R” Us-5 a.m.-10 p.m. (near East Towne Mall)
  • Barnes & Noble–7 a.m.-11 p.m. (west); 5 a.m.-11 p.m. (east)
  • Bath & Body Works (Hilldale Shopping Center)–5 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Best Buy–Midnight-11 p.m.
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet–6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Boston Store–Midnight-10 p.m.
  • Burlington Coat Factory–5 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Costco–9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • East Towne Mall–5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Frugal Muse–7 a.m.-9 p.m. (west); 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (east)
  • GameStop–Midnight-9 p.m.
  • Half-Price Books–7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Home Depot–5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Janesville Mall–5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • JCPenney–4 a.m.-11 p.m.: Their ad shows 500 door-buster deals available until 1 p.m. Other “Big Buy” items available until 11 p.m. Early shoppers will get a Disney Christmas Mickey Snow Globe–no purchase necessary, one per customer, while supplies last. Three coupons valid on Black Friday from 2-11 p.m. Use in store or online: $10 off $50 Coupon, $15 off $75 Coupon and $20 off $100 Coupon.
  • Kohl’s–Midnight-Midnight
  • Macy’s–Midnight-10 p.m.
  • Marshalls–7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Menards–6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Office Depot–6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Office Max–6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Old Navy–Thanksgiving 9 a.m.-8 p.m. & Friday Midnight-11 p.m.
  • PetSmart-7 a.m.
  • PrePlayed–10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sam’s Club–5 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sears–4 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Shopko–Midnight-11 p.m.
  • Staples–6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Target–Midnight-11 p.m.
  • TJ Maxx–7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Toys “R” Us–9 p.m. Thursday-10 p.m. Friday (near West Towne Mall);
  • Walmart–Open 24 hours starting on Thanksgiving. Sale runs in shifts: Thursday at 10 p.m. (video games, movies, bikes, scooters, toys, bedding, household, etc.), 12:01 a.m. Friday (computers, laptops, cameras, printers, etc.). Sale runs through Friday.
  • West Towne Mall–5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Tanger Outlets–Thursday at10 p.m. (November 24-27)

If you know about additional store hours or a special promotion, please let us know by leaving a comment.

How Much Do You Spend on Your Cell Phone Bills?

July 26, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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flickr---AMagillA friend of mine posed an interesting question to me the other day. She asked me if my husband, Jim, has a cell phone because she didn’t think he did, but her husband couldn’t imagine Jim not having one. I found it fascinating that it has now become an anomaly for someone to be without a cell phone.

Jim does not own a cell phone because he doesn’t see the need to be reached at any given moment. I technically have a cell phone, but my phone is for emergencies only. It’s the phone number I give the schools, babysitters, and others who may need to reach me in an emergency. I also like to have the phone in case my car breaks down or something happens and I need help–especially when I have the girls with me.

I bought a Virgin Mobile cell phone from Best Buy. My phone cost no more than $50, and it does not have a contract tied to it. I pay by the minute and add money to my account when the balance gets low. I pay $0.25 a minute to use my cell.

To remain active, I need to add at least $15 every 90 days. If I don’t add money within that time frame, I will lose my remaining balance.

I was able to pull up my records for January through July 2011 to see how much money I have put on my phone. For seven months of service, I have paid just $65.58.

I did have a regular cell phone right out of college and I’m a talker. I spent an incredible amount of money every month just talking on the phone. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have a cell phone with Internet access, but I don’t need it and I can’t afford it. I’d rather spend my money in other places.

I know a new trend is to get rid of the land line and use cell phones exclusively. If you choose to get rid of the land line at least you’re not paying twice for phone connection.

What do you do? Do you have a cell phone and a land line? How much do you spend per month on your phone bills?

Stay tuned for a future post where I explain how I save hundreds every year on my land line.

Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase and Badger Ticket Stub

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Bring your ticket stub from a Badger football, basketball, or hockey home game to the east or west Best Buy location for a Best Buy gift card. Best Buy is giving away gift cards with qualifying purchase amounts:

  • $10 gift card with $100 purchase
  • $25 gift card with $250 purchase
  • $50 gift card with $500 purchase

This offer is valid this season only. Best Buy is located on the east side at 2452 E Springs Drive (242-0701) and on the west side at 7357 W Towne Way (829-1188).

A special thank you to Jen from Sun Prairie for sending me the details for today’s deal! I appreciate hearing from our readers and I love learning about the deals you find. Thank you!