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November 20, 2013 / Stephanie Anderson

Will you be shopping for deals on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving embodies everything a holiday should – family and friends, good conversation, great food, and many reminders of why we all have a lot to be grateful for. But every year it seems like Thanksgiving fades away a little bit more in our society, so much so that we are getting to the point of skipping right from Halloween to Christmas.

One of the biggest trends with retailers is opening earlier and earlier for holiday bargain shopping. Just a few years ago, shoppers would wake in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday to hunt for the best deals. Fast forward to today and it’s basically a competition between retailers to see which can open the earliest on Thanksgiving Day without offending anyone.

Here are some popular stores that will be open Thanksgiving Day this year:
•    Target opens at 8 p.m.
•    Best Buy opens at 6 p.m.
•    Macy’s opens at 8 p.m.
•    Old Navy 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with many reopening at 7 p.m.
•    Walmart specials start at 6 p.m. with many stores open 24 hours a day

The National Retail Federation estimates 140 million shoppers will be looking for the perfect gifts during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend (Thurs. – Sun.). This year is unique because Thanksgiving falls as late as possible in November, cutting out valuable shopping days which may affect retailer’s year-end projections.

I enjoy a good bargain as much as the next guy or gal, but I also love to spend time with my family, and there are few things that can motivate me to give up those priceless moments with my loved ones. Everyone should have the opportunity to spend time with their family on Thanksgiving Day, and skipping off to your local retailer to get a deal undermines the whole meaning of a holiday meant to focus on thanks and goodwill.

If you’re a diehard shopper looking for a day-of deals, an alternative that allows you to stay with your next of kin and bypass the long lines is the Internet. Many retailers are recognizing the growing trend of online holiday shopping and are offering amazing deals in addition to big Cyber Monday promotions. Plus, you can shop in your comfy fuzzy slippers! The stores will always be there on Black Friday anyway.