For many, the moments after Thanksgiving dinner is a time to revel in turkey-induced food comas, to watch football, to watch movies at home, to lounge around with friends and family and begin the official countdown to Christmas.
People used to enjoy and relax in preparation for the notorious Black Friday, full of sales, shopping and coupons. Yet, this year, this sacred “day after” seems to have come a day early — in the form of Grey Thursday.
Hoping to drive more traffic to their aisles before the real day of reckoning, major stores are opening their doors early… very early.
But in trying to “find a good deal” are we missing the point? Is this phenomenon of Grey Thursday a good or bad inflection in how consumers will spend Thanksgiving Day? What comes next? White Wednesday? Are we minimizing the family oriented Thanksgiving Day experience by limited our celebration window or in the spirit of good deals are we content to become a society of consumers? Do we care about the retail worker being robbed of this valuable family time? As shown by the recent onslaught of petitions, this time off is highly regarded.
If family is rushing to the stores on Thursday afternoon and evening to take advantage of sales, then they’re not rushing to catch the football in their backyards, they’re not rushing to guess who the character is in a game of charades, they’re not rushing to be with their children and loved ones.
Are we as a society comfortable forsaking an evening of family time to stand in line for marginal savings? Does the responsibility fall to the retailers to relax their scanners for one critical afternoon on a crucial day preserved for giving thanks and not for handing over a credit card?
We will have to wait and see if “Grey Thursday” is here to stay. However, we prefer the day’s traditional name: Thanksgiving.
Below is a list of store opening times on Grey Thursdays with times and links to the Black Friday ads and in some cases the freebie or special available for consumers if they feel the price is worth it.
6AM – 5PM – K-mart
- Select Board Games Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Men and Women’s Sleepwear Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Route 66 Men’s Western Flannel Shirt Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
Men’s Outerwear Accessories Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Buy Participating Xmas DVD’s priced at $5 = FREE Carpi Sun 10 pk
- Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Build It Car in Cylinder Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- ALL Footwear Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Thermal Underwear for the Whole Family Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Power Rangers 6.5-in. Battle Morphin Figure or Power Rangers DX Megazord CLAWZORD Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Laugh & Learn Singin & Storytime Puppy Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Mega Bloks Power Rangers Gosei Grand Megazord, Kre-o Construction Sets and Mega Bloks Sets Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Mix & Match 3-pc. Shower Gel w/ Pouf Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Fisher-Price Imaginext Toys Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- VTech InnoTab Software Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- All Fisher-Price Little People Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Leapad Explorer games software Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Octonauts Toys Buy 1 Get 1 FREE *Road Rippers Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
7AM – 11PM Big Lots – If you spend $150 November 28-30th you’ll get $10 off your next purchase.
7AM – 10PM – CVS – Offers are valid 11/28 through 11/30/13. You will need a FREE CVS Extracare card to take advantage of these offers.
- Free CVS Batteries – 4 pack – AA or AAA $4.39 Value – You will need to get the coupon at the in-store CVS Coupon Center for this one
- Free Mars Candy Bar Singles (Twix, Snickers, M&M) 75¢ Value – After extrabucks Rewards
- Free GUM Toothbrush 2 Pack – $2 Value – After extrabucks Rewards
8AM – 11PM on Black Friday – JCPenneys – Thanksgiving Day shoppers can receive a $25 off $25 coupon with purchase of a JCPenney 4-pack of gift cards totaling $100. The $25 off $25 coupon is for one time use in-store only from Saturday, Nov. 30 through Tuesday, Dec. 24. Some exclusions may apply and you will need to check the coupon for further details.
Other discounted with mail in rebate include:
- Hamilton Beach 4-quart slow cooker – $9.99 after $10 mail-in rebate
- Hamilton Beach 12cup coffee maker – $9.99 after $10 mail-in rebate
- Hamilton Beach Cooks griddle or waffle maker – $9.99 after $10 mail-in rebate
8PM – 10PM – Walgreens – Walgreens has a great HUGE list of free after rebate (rewards) items for the Thanksgiving shopping days. These offers are valid 11/28/13 (Thanksgiving Day) through 11/30/13. All of these items will be featured in the Walgreens Sale Flyer for 11/28/13. Register rewards are valid toward a future purchase at Walgreens. They DO expire, so make sure you use it quickly. In fact, you can purchase something on the same visit immediately after you receive the register reward. That way you certainly won’t forget. These offers are good for in store only. Limit 1 coupon per customer per printed offer. A Walgreens Balance Rewards card is required to get the sale price as well.
Here’e Walgreens free register rewards items:
- Free $15 Gift Card with Purchase of 2 $25 iTunes Cards
- Free 25 4×6 Photo Prints with $10 Purchase of Gerber Foods
- Free Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner – $2.99 Value
- Free Swisse Multivitamins – Men’s/ Women’s – 60 Ct – $10 Value
- Free Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics – $3 Value for 2
- Free Crest Toothpaste – $3 Value
- Free Pro-NRG Protein Water – $1.99 Value
- Free Opti-Free Solution – $2 Value
- Free Magnilife Foot Cream – $9.99 Value
- Free Neilmed Sinus Spray or Gel – $5 Value
- Free Tums Refreshers – $4.50 Value
- Free Schiff Digestive Advantage – $8 Value
- Free Gelusil Antacid – $3 Value
- Free Sleep Sheets Sleep Aid – $4.99 Value
- Free Dream Water Sleep Shot – $2.50 Value
- Free Cepacol Lozenges – $1 Value
- Free Got 2B Shampoo – $4.99 Value
- Free Walgreens Maxi Pads – $1.99 Value
- Free Magnilife Restless Legs Cream – $8 Value
- Free Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo – $4.99 Value
- Free Reach Toothbrush – $3 Value
- Free Blistex Lip Protectant – $2 Value
Bonus:: Get a free Redbox Rental when you make a Walgreens Purchase between 9 am and noon on Thanksgiving Day.
8AM – 5PM – Rite Aid – Rite Aid has several free After Rebate (rewards) items for the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping weekend. These items are featured in the Rite Aid sale flyer that is valid 11/28/13 thru 11/30/13. Rite Aid Wellness+ Card required.
Here’s the list of free stuff that you can get:
- Free 3 Carmex Lip Balm – $3 Value
- Free 3 Yardley Moisturizing Soap – $3 Value
- Free Conair Brush or Scunci Elastics – $1.99 Value
- Free Rite Aid Nuts or Trail Mix – $1 Value
- Free 2 Rite Aid Tape – $1.50 Value
- Free Philips Earbuds – $7.99 Value
9AM – 4PM – Old Navy – First 500 shoppers can enter to win $1 million. Plus, 50% the entire store!
4PM – 10PM – Michaels – 30% Off Entire Purchase Including Sale Items.
5PM – 9PM – Toys R Us – Get a free jersey when you buy select Nerf Dart Tag items.
6PM – Midnight- Best Buy – Best Buy employee will start handing out the tickets, which serve as dibs on select items, two hours before their opening hours. Tickets are limited to one per person, per item. Freebie Giveaways start at 10:00PM Thanksgiving Day in Best Buy stores.
- Free $10 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ Tablet with 16GB Memory
- Free $20 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Fitbit Force Wireless Activity Tracker
- Free $20 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Keurig Elite Single Serve Brewer
- Free $20 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Pebble Smart Watch for Apple & Android Devices
- Free $30 Best Buy Gift Card with Purchase of Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered Watch
- Free 32GB Memory Card with the purchase of Canon VIXIA HF R400 HD Flash Memory Camcorder
- Free Apple iPhone 4s 8GB AT&T Cell Phone with 2-year service agreement (white and black)
- Free Apple iPhone 4s 8GB Sprint Cell Phone with 2-year service agreement (white and black)
- Free Apple iPhone 4s 8GB Verizon Cell Phone with 2-year service agreement (white and black)
- Free Apple iPhone 5c 16GB AT&T Cell Phone with 2-year service agreement (pink, blue, green)
- Free Apple iPhone 5c 16GB Sprint Cell Phone with 2-year service agreement (blue, green)
- Free Apple iPhone 5c 16GB Verizon Cell Phone with 2-year service agreement (blue, green, yellow, pink, white)
- Free Camera Bag and 16GB Memory Card with purchase of Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera Double Zoom Lens Kit
- Free Camera Bag and Free 16GB Memory Card with the Purchase of a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS Lens
- Free Camera Bag with the purchase of a Canon EOS REbel T3 DSLR Camera
- Free camera case and memory card with the purchase of a Canon Powershot A2600 Digital Camera
- Free Camera Case and Memory Card with the purchase of a Canon PowerShot ELPH 33 camera
- Free Camera Case and Memory Card with the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi camera
- Free Dishwasher Installation, Free Delivery, and Free Haul Away with the purchase of Dishwasher priced $399 or higher
- Free Skylander Swap Force Character with the purchase of two Skylander Swap Force Characters
- Free Sport Band with the purchase of any Shine Activity Tracker
- Free Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot with 2-year Activation
- Samsung Galaxy S4 4G AT&T Mobile Phone (Arctic Blue) Free with a two-year service agreement
- Samsung Galaxy S4 4G Spring Mobile Phone (Arctic Blue) Free with a two-year service agreement
- Samsung Galaxy S4 4G Verizon Mobile Phone (Arctic Blue) Free with a two-year service agreement
6PM – Midnight – Sports Authority – Free Black Friday Bonus Bucks (up to $500) at Sports Authority to first 80 customers on 11/28. Also available is the following free gift card with purchase:
- Free $25 Sports Authority Cash Card with $125 Columbia Purchase
- Free $25 Sports Authority Cash Card with $125 North Face Purchase
7PM – Midnight on Black Friday – Walmart – Free Layaway at Walmart through 12/13/13. Plus, get a free $100 gift card when you purchase select smartphones, possibly yielding a profit.
7PM – 11PM on Black Friday – Old Navy – First 500 shoppers can enter to win $1 million.
7PM – 3 AM – Kmart for deals see above.
8PM – Midnight – Sunvalley Mall – All Sunvalley Mall Stores will be open.
8PM – Midnight – Sears
8PM – 11PM – Office Depot – Energizer Max Alkaline Batteries AA or AAA, 4-PK are on sale 2 for $4 with a $4 Mail In Rebate (not reward) making them free. You do have to look for specially marked packages with the rebate form and info. Offer valid 11/28/13 through 11/30/13, while supplies last, in store only, no rainchecks.
Also being offered is the following freebies:
- Free $20 Gift Card with Purchase of Keurig B31 Mini Plus Personal Brewer
- Free $25 Gift Card with Purchase of Keurig OfficePro B145 Brewer
- Free $25 Visa Gift Card with purchase of Kindle Fire Tablets
- Free $5 Gift Card with Purchase of 2 Boxes of K-Cups
- Free 808 CANZ Speaker with purchase of DUO Bluetooth Hedphones
- Free Lexar SDHC 8 GB Class 6 Memory Card with the purchase of Canon Digital Cameras
- Free SanDisk microSDHC 16GB Memory Card and Free Targus Stylus with the purchase of any Samsung tablet
8PM – Midnight – Dick’s Sporting Goods – Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering these freebies:
- Free $20 Off Your Next $100 Purchase Coupon with Purchase
- Free Cabin Socks with the purchase of one pair of Cabin Socks
- Free Men’s or women’s Spyder Care Sweater Gloves with the Purchase of a Men’s or Women’s Spyder Sweater
- Free pair of Adult and Youth Fleece Lined Crocs with the purchase of one pair of Adult or Youth Fleece Lined Crocs
- Free RAZR FIT XTREME Fairway Wood with the purchaase of a Razr Fit Xtreme Driver
- Free Skeet Reese Spinning or Baitcast Combo with the purchase of one Skeet Reese Spinning or Baitcast Combo
- Free Two boxes of Slazenger Raw Distance Double Dozens golf balls with the purchase of one box of Slazenger
- Raw Distance Double Dozens golf balls
- Free Wigwam Socks with the purchase of two pairs of Wigwam Socks
8PM – 1AM – Kohl’s – At 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, 8 lucky shoppers will get their purchases paid for beginning at 8 p.m. (four in-store and four online). PLUS, get $15 Kohl’s Cash for Every $50 Spent
8PM – 12PM on Black Friday – Macy’s – Get a free Lil Wayne compilation album when you spend $50 or more.
8PM – 2AM – Office Max – This is a FREE After Rewards offer. Choose 20 Packs of AAA or AA Duracell Coppertop alkaline batteries. You will pay $16.99 per pack and get $16.98 back in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards making them 1¢ per pack! Offer valid 11/28 thru 11/30. LIMIT 2 – In store only. Member’s MaxPerks ID card must be presented at time of purchase.
Also available is the following freebies:
- Free $10 gift card with the purchase of a Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB Android Tablet
- Free $10 Gift Card with the purchase of a Google Nexus 7 32GB 7″ Android Tablet
- Free $20 Off on a $200 Mastercard or Visa Gift Card
- Free $25 Gift Card with Purchase of Keurig OfficePRO B145 Brewing System
8PM – Midnight – Staples – You will be able to get these items for free after mail-in rebate.
- Free Case of Staples Multipurpose Paper – $54.99 Value – LIMIT 1 – In store only
- Free 500 Ct Ream of Multipurpose Paper – $6.99 Value – LIMIT 2 – In store only
- Free Staples Photo Paper – 8.5″ x 11″ – $14.99 Value – LIMIT 2 – In store only
- Free Pentel Pens 5 Pack – $5.29 Value – LIMIT 1
- Free Kaspersky Internet Security Software – $59.99 Value – LIMIT 1
- Free Quickbooks Simple Start 2014 – $99.99 Value – LIMIT 1
- Free $20 Staples Gift Card with the purchase of a Keurig Mini K10 Brewer
- Free $25 Staples Gift Card with the Purchase of a Keurig Office Pro K145 Brewer
- Free HP Photo and Business Communication Paper with the purchase of HP photo and business communication paper
8PM – 11PM on Black Friday – Target – Target has the following free with purchase offers:
- $5 Gift Card with Purchase of The Elf on the Shelf
- $10 Gift Card with Purchase of Nintendo Wii Just Dance 2014
- $10 Gift Card with Purchase of Nintendo 3DS Mario & Luigi Dream Team
- $10 Gift Card with Purchase of Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Ghosts
- $10 Gift Card with Purchase of Nutribullet Extractor
- $20 Gift Card with Purchase of Xbox 360 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- $20 Gift Card with Purchase of Chi Air Flat Iron
- $20 Gift Card with Purchase of Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband
- $25 Gift Card with Purchase of Sodastream Jet Soda Maker with 4 Syrup Mixes
- $30 Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPhone 5S 16GB with 2-Year Contract
- $50 Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPod touch 16GB 5th Generation
- $50 Gift Card with Purchase of Samsung 50″ 1080p LED HDTV
- $100 Gift Card with Purchase of Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet
Want more Thanksgiving Day Freebies? Click here and check out our full list! Also stay tuned for our upcoming article on Black Friday Freebies!!!