We’re more than halfway through November already, which means we’re approaching that time of year where people gather with their families to sit around in freezing cold temperatures while waiting outside for retail stores to open.
That’s right — a host of hot Black Friday deals for 2014 are just around the corner.
Black Friday shopping is serious business these days. If you’re heading out to brave the horde of shoppers, you can’t afford to go in unprepared. Walk into a store without a game plan, and you’ll probably leave empty-handed (and maybe sporting a few minor injuries).
So, for those of you planning ahead, here’s a look at some of the best Black Friday deals for 2014.
(Note: Many of these deals are advertised as “doorbusters” and may be limited in quantity or unavailable at certain locations. Check with your local store before lining up pre-sunrise on Wednesday.)
Best Black Friday Deals 2014 — Target
Black Friday Hours: Open 6 p.m. Thursday
Target Corporation (TGT) makes for a great shopping location because you can find Black Friday deals on a wide variety of items — everything from phones to home appliances and clothing.
Looking to upgrade your phone but don’t want to shell out $300 for the iPhone 6? Head over to Target for your Black Friday shopping to pick up the very capable Samsung Galaxy S5, manufactured by Samsung Elect Ltd (SSNLF), for just a penny.
Want to entertain the kids (or yourself)? Walt Disney Co’s (DIS) Disney Infinity and Skylanders video game figures are on sale for $10 (normally $14 or $15), and most movies are just $1 to $10.
Maybe you’re looking to add to your winter wardrobe. Target’s Black Friday deals include 40% off all apparel. And if you like a nice, clean house, the Dyson DC50 Allergy Vacuum is just $279 (savings of $170).
Best Black Friday Deals 2014 — Walmart
Black Friday Hours: Open all day; deals start at 6 p.m. Thursday
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) is upping its game by offering 1-hour guarantee for items starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. If you’re lucky enough to have avoided being trampled when doors open, “you’re guaranteed (one) item at its Black Friday price — even if it sells out.”
There’s a lot for tech geeks to like about Walmart’s Black Friday deals. Gamers can pick up an Xbox One with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for just $329 (the console alone usually sells for $400). And if you’re looking for more games, Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) Xbox One and Sony Corp’s (SNE) PlayStation 4 titles start at just $15.
Music lovers should also consider doing their Black Friday shopping at Walmart. Beats Electronics‘ Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones will be on sale for $149 — saving you $130 off retail price. Or, if you want to play your new Xbox One in style, pick up a Vizio Bluetooth Soundbar for $198 and save yourself $100.
Oh, and if you want to get a head-start on all that decorating, Walmart is also selling artificial Christmas trees and Christmas lights for 30% off.
Best Black Friday Deals 2014 — Macy’s
Black Friday Hours: Open 6 p.m. Thursday
Macy’s, Inc. (M) is a veteran of the shopping-centric holiday and doesn’t mess around with its Black Friday deals. The store is offering Misses cashmere sweaters for $39.99 (giving you a chance to save $100 while softening up your winter wardrobe).
And while you’re at it, why not pick up some boots, which Macy’s is selling with discounts of up to 50%.
Kids’ outerwear is being sold 65% off (but only until 1 p.m., which means you’ll have to brave the lines if you want the deal). Meanwhile, you can save $260 on men’s designer overcoats at just $89.99 (or $129.99 if you get there after 1 p.m.). Ties will also be on sale for $19.99, a savings of $15 to $25.
Or, if you’re looking to treat yourself with your Black Friday shopping, don’t miss the memory foam pillows and mattress toppers, which Macy’s is selling for 70% off.
Best Black Friday Deals 2014 — Best Buy
Black Friday Hours: Open at 5 p.m. Thursday (until 1 a.m., stores reopen at 8 a.m.)
If you’re looking Black Friday deals focused on technology, Best Buy Co Inc (BBY) might be your best bet. And, bonus, the store is open an hour earlier than most others!
Let’s say you wanted to upgrade your home theater experience. You could start by picking up a Samsung 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV for $899.99 — thereby saving $500. Congratulations! Your new TV has four times the resolution of a standard HD television.
Then you could save $100 on the Sony Soundbar with subwoofer, on sale for $249.99. Pick up some Xbox One and PS4 games just $29.99 each — that’s half off normal price for new titles. Your neighbors might hate you, but now you’ll be able to play Tomb Raider and Call of Duty: Ghosts in bone-rattling sound.
And for the rest of your entertainment needs, you can grab the Roku Inc. Streaming Stick for $39.99 (you’ll save $10).
Best Black Friday Deals 2014 — JCPenney
Black Friday Hours: Open at 5 p.m. Thursday
Much like Target, J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) is offering Black Friday deals on a range of items — perfect for shoppers who want do their shopping all in one place.
Women’s outerwear will be going for $49.99, letting you save some cash and keep warm in the next polar vortex. Or, if you want to avoid the cold altogether, why not pick up some Samsonite Intl (SMSOF) Soar luggage for 70% and take a trip to Miami?
JCPenney is also selling bedding sets from $29.99, which is an especially great deal for anyone who picked up the memory foam pillows and mattresses from Macy’s.
In the “gifts for guys” department, men’s watches will be available for just $99 — savings of 35% to 50% for most models.
Finally, dudes — if you’re tired of buying underwear, head over to JCPenney for your Black Friday shopping. The store is offering buy-one-get-one deals on men’s underwear. Stock up now and never worry about underwear shopping again.
Well, not for a while, anyway.
Adam Benjamin is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities, nor was he planning on battling the angry mobs of Black Friday shoppers. He wishes luck to all who do, though.