Black Friday returns: Countless deals, discount available to early-bird shoppers

Argos workers prepare stock for customers ahead of Black Friday

"We always anticipate more shoppers each year, but the traffic has been incredible all week", she said. Kohl's began offering Black Friday deals on its website on Monday.

"One time a shop vac was on sale and, at age 7, I was too small to do much else, so my grandma told me to sit on it and scream if anyone tried to take it".

Target isn't the only store open for business on Thursday. Here's how to shop like a pro on Black Friday to get the most out of your Christmas savings. According to software company Adobe, Cyber Monday brought in $3.36 billion past year, making it the largest online sales day in history.

According to the National Research Foundation, more than $67 billion was spent by 240 million people on Black Friday in 2015. Stores like Best Buy say being open on Thanksgiving helps mitigate some of the Friday morning crowds.

Chief Lofton Harrison with Harris County Constable Precinct One said there's always increased security during Black Friday shopping hours because vehicle break-ins and theft incidents are common.

Before Black Friday became just another day of discounts, it was the largest shopping day of the year. They've been available on the company's website - with free shipping - for hours. Snagging the year's best deals no longer means foregoing Thanksgiving dinner to stand outside in the snow - it can just as easily be done with a tap of the phone, in between plates of turkey.

In fact, according to Adobe Digital Insights, this holiday season will be the first to break $100 billion in online sales with more than $19 billion coming from Thanksgiving weekend alone. It used to be when the store opened at 5 a.m., you only had time to glance up to thank people and that was it. More than 154 million shoppers hit stores in 2016, according to the National Retailers Federation, almost half of the country's entire population.

Best Buy began offering hundreds of "Black Friday" discounts three weeks early on November 1. As in previous years, the first 600 adults in line at Cabela's at the St. Louis Outlet Mall on Black Friday will be given envelopes containing vouchers for gifts, including Browning BPS Hunter Pump-Action shotguns, outdoor products and gift cards.

"For over 20 years, we've gone Black Friday shopping". You can also hover your mouse over links without clicking to see if the address is really taking you to where it says it is. He says family time is very important so they try to combine the two.

By most measures, Americans are feeling good about the economy this year: Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high, and unemployment is at a 17-year low; the stock market is up, and gas prices are down.

"The reason Black Friday has changed is because now everything is opening up earlier on Thursday", Barton said.

The National Retail Federation, a trade group for store owners, is predicting as much as a 4 percent increase in holiday shopping compared to previous year.

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