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[November 22, 2012]

Black FridayTop 5 shopping guide [Sun Sentinel]

(South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 22--This year, South Florida shoppers can get an early jump on doorbuster deals.

Stores opening at 8 and 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving include Sears, Walmart, Toys R Us, Target and BrandsMart USA at Sawgrass. Macy's, Kohl's, Best, Buy and Sports Authority will open at midnight.

Whatever time you plan to shop, our handy Black Friday: Top 5 Shopping Guide gives you the rundown on store and mall openings with top tips on parking and scoring the hot deals.

Find more info at Friday.

Store openings Toys R Us is giving away $30 gift bags to the first 200 in line and Best Buy will give out tickets at 10 p.m. for its midnight sale.

8 p.m. Thursday: Thursday: Kmart, Sears, Toys R Us, Walmart 9 p.m. BrandsMart USA in Sunrise, Target 10 p.m. BrandsMart USA (all locations), HH Gregg, Walmart (electronics sale) Midnight Beall's, Best Buy, Kohl's, Macy's Sports Authority 5 a.m. Home Depot, Lowe's, Office Depot, Staples, JC Penney (6 a.m.) Mall openings Check in at guest services to find out about special services being offered.

9 p.m. Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise Midnight: Boynton Beach Mall, Coral Square Mall, Westfield Broward Mall 5 a.m. The Mall at Wellington Green 6 a.m. The Mall at Wellington Green (5 a.m.), Aventura Mall, Coral Ridge Mall, The Gardens Mall, Pembroke Lakes Mall, town Center at Boca Raton 8 a.m. The Galleria, Promenade at Coconut Creek, the Gardens Mall Doorbuster deals Our top picks for the season's hottest gifts.

TVs. 40-inch LCD HDTV for $147 at BrandsMart USA; 32-inch HDTV for $97 at Sears Gaming consoles. Microsoft Xbox 360 bundle: $199 at Target; Wii at Walmart (10 p.m. sale) Tablets. Apple iPad: $399 with bonus $75 gift card at 10 p.m. Walmart; Amazon Kindle Fire for $159.99 with $25 Visa gift card at Office Depot Jewelry. .50-carat diamond earrings at Macy's for $199, 1-carat diamond necklaces for $99.99 at Sears Toys. $2.99 Barbies at Kmart; Furby for $45 at Walmart (8 p.m. sale) Parking & safety With retailers opening early on Thanksgiving, finding a parking space could be a challenge.

Prepark. Avoid parking hassles by parking before store or mall openings.

Valet. Costs can run $6 to $10 and include Sawgrass Mills, the Galleria, Town Center at Boca Raton and Aventura Mall. Sawgrass Mills also is offering shuttle bus rides at main entrances.

Find your car. Take a picture of the row and section with your cellphone so you can easily find your car later.

Lock up. Be sure windows are up and your car is locked.

Take cover. Don't leave purses and packages in plain view. Lock them securely in the trunk.

Make plans Do your homework so you know you're getting the best deal.

Set a budget. Set a spending limit and stick to it, savings experts suggest.

Make a list. Decide what you want to buy, where you want to go and print coupons.

Research. Check circulars in Thursday's newspaper see what deals are being offered.

Price guarantees. Save receipts. Target and Walmart are offering holiday price-matching.

Savings sites. Check,, and to get savings tips.

Use technology Put your smartphone to work to help you navigate sales and score savings.

Apps. Download your favorite store and mall applications to find deals.

Check in. Use to find specials. One offer: Free $10 gift card with $75 purchase at Toys R Us.

Social media. Follow stores and malls on Twitter and Facebook.

QR codes. Scan them to unlock special savings. Target is using them to spotlight hot toys this year.

Text alerts. Sign up for emails and alerts from your favorite retailers to get special offers.

dchristensen@sunsentinel. com and asatchell@ Follow them on Twitter @PrettyGoodIdeas and @TheSatchReport.

___ (c)2012 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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