Get your running shoes on and stash some energy-boosting snacks in your diaper bag because Black Friday is here and it's starting earlier than ever. Never mind the 5 a.m. wake-up call on Friday morning — this year the deals are starting on Thanksgiving Day, or even earlier! We've used our supersleuthing skills to uncover the best deals out there. So gather your gift lists, enlist a family member to watch the kids, and map out your shopping strategy! To see the amazing deals, just keep reading.
- Amazon's Black Friday Deals Week has already started. The deals already include a Radio Flyer Cargo Wagon for $112 (regularly $199); half off Crayola products such as the Crayon Maker Story Studio; PlayStation 3 game Everyday Dance for $30 (regularly $40); and 25 percent off the new Rock Star Mickey.
- Baby Gap launched its Black Friday deals on Wednesday. Included this year are holiday dresses for $16 (regularly $40), basic bodysuits for $2.60 (regularly $6.50), and hat-and-mitten sets for $10.78 (regularly $26.95).
- Best Buy will open at midnight Thursday night/Friday morning for deal-seeking families. Among the deals will be the PlayStation 3 160GB Console Bundle with Little Big Planet 2 and Rachet & Clank 4 for $200 (regularly $370), a Blu-ray combo movie pack of X-Men, Green Lantern, and Fast Five for $9.99, and the Nikon Coolpix S8100 for $150 (regularly $300).
- Macy's will open at midnight as well. Discounts are expected to include buy-one-get-one-free deals on Melissa and Doug toys, puffer winter jackets for $16 (regularly $75), and denim for $15.
- Old Navy launched its GobblePalooza on Wednesday. Doors open at midnight, but the prices remain in effect through Saturday. Kids jeans will be $10, performance fleece for $9, and then there are day-specific sales as well. And to keep kids involved in the process, the store will be distributing 3D goggles to allow shoppers to find "secret" discounts marked on certain items.
- Target is also joining the midnight openings this year. Deals should include a Nikon L105 Digital Camera for $100, three-piece pajama sets for $7, fleece jackets for $15, electronic games — like Scrabble Flash — for $15, and a seven-doll Disney Princess collection for $40.
- Toys R Us may be the first stop on your Black Friday journey, opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Deals will include 50 percent off board games, buy-one-get-one-40-percent-off DS and 3DS games, and 25 percent off all Radio Flyer scooters.
- Walmart will begin its Black Friday toy deals at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving (you'll have to wait until midnight for electronics deals). They'll include Power Wheels ride-on cars for $99, classic board games like Candy Land for $3.88, a Step 2 play kitchen for $50, an LG Blu-ray player for $49, and assorted Blu-ray movies for $5 each.