Everyone’s minds are on focused on Thanksgiving this week. Whether you are sweating having a big Black Friday, sweating from your Black Friday /Grey Thursday shopping excursions or just sweating from massive gravy and turkey consumption (4500 calories for a typical T-Day meal) this week should be an interesting one.
Black Friday Shopping
If shopping is your bête noire or if it’s more of a traditional post tryptophanic exercise, you’ll want to know who is open and when, so you can plan accordingly.
Best Buy: Opens 5 PM Thanksgiving Day; closed from 1 AM to 8 AM on Friday morning, reopens at 10 PM.
Costco: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 9 AM to 8:30 PM Friday.
GameStop: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 5 AM Friday.
Kmart: Opens 6 AM, closes 10pm Thanksgiving Day.
Kohl’s: Opens 6 PM Thanksgiving Day, closes midnight reopening Friday 8 AM to midnight.
Lowe’s: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 5 AM on Friday.
Macy’s: Opens 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day open through the night until closing10 PM on Friday.
Sears: Opens at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day, closes at midnight. Reopens 6 AM to 9 PM on Friday.
Staples: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 6 AM Friday.
Target: Opening at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day, and will stay open overnight until 11 PM or midnight on Friday.
Toys/Babies ‘R’ Us: Opens at 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day; stores will keep their doors open until 11 PM on Friday.
Walmart: Most stores will already be open, but their official Black Friday event starts at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Dinner Costs
The American Farm Bureau Federation announced that for the first time, the cost of the average Thanksgiving meal, will top $50.
The average cost of this year’s feast, composed of 12 typical items, is up slightly from last year, from $49.41 to $50.11.
While avian flu and pumpkin shortages won’t have a huge effect on prices this year, and frozen orange juice concentrate futures remain unaffected as well, turkey prices are up 6.4%.
A 16-pound turkey will go from $23.04 to $21.65, while sides like sweet potatoes, rolls, stuffing and pumpkin-pie mix/shells are up by about $0.01 to $0.08, according to a survey by 138 volunteer shoppers in 32 states.
Price reductions include a gallon of whole milk ($0.14 cents less), fresh cranberries, green peas, miscellaneous ingredients and a relish tray will cost you less as well (from $0.03 to $0.30 less).
“Retail prices seem to have stabilized quite a bit for turkey, which is the centerpiece of the meal in our market basket,” John Anderson, the farm group’s deputy chief economist, said in a statement. “Despite concerns earlier this fall about pumpkin production due to wet weather, the supply of canned product will be adequate for this holiday season.”