Black Friday black ops: Holiday shopping tips from SiriusXM Stars experts

Bracing yourself to brave Black Friday? SiriusXM Stars’ Holiday Shopping guide will get you prepped for the busiest shopping day of the year. Avoid shivering in a Bad Bath & Beyond parking lot on Thursday evening with a tryptophan food coma – Megan Kustra lists off the opening times for all of the stores you’re hoping to hit. Don’t want to treat Dad to another tie? The Moms’ Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein have solid gift picks for the whole family. And of course, Financially Fearless’ Alexa von Tobel stops you from impulse buying all of the things (e.g. those discounted DVDs you’ll just never ever watch – EVER).

The Moms: Gifts for the Whole Family!

You bought Mom a scarf last year. And the year before that. This year, Denise and Melissa recommend a Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case ($60) for Mom. For dear old Dad, crank up the gift-giving volume with an iHome speaker and alarm clock ($70). As for the kiddies, the hottest toy in town is currently the Jenga Giant ($111) which brings the rainy day game to the next level (e.g. Jenga outdoors is basically the Hunger Games of Jenga). For the wee ones, the Sprout Channel Chubby Tablet ($100) is a best bet – if they drop this tablet, it will not break, as the sides of the screen have rubber boundaries on them.

Alexa von Tobel: Smart Spending!

Financial planning expert Alex von Tobel recommends you wear headphones while you shop. Holiday music has been proven to trigger feelings of nostalgia, making people 17 percent more likely to spend. In addition, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Have a list ready prior to going to the mall. Include who you need to buy for, what you would like to buy for them, and most importantly, how much you are willing to spend on each person. Making a list like this can save you 20 to 25 percent on your holiday spending total. Thinking about going the gift card route? Check out (yup, that’s a thing) to buy discounted gift cards. And for future reference, start looking to purchase holiday travel tickets in August. Put a reminder in your phone NOW to remind you to do so later. First New Year’s resolution? Check!

Megan Kustra: Plan Your Route!

Driving around aimlessly with Thanksgiving dinner in your belly to grab that one life-sized cardboard cut-out of a teeny bopper is the worst. Have this list ready so that you can map out where and when you are going to get your Black Friday Shopping on.

K-Mart – Opens at  6 am ET on Thanksgiving Thursday
Old Navy – Opens at 4 pm ET on Thanksgiving Thursday
Best Buy, Toys R Us, Dick’s SPorting Goods, JCPenney – Open at 5 pm on Thanksgiving Thursday
Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears, Target, Walmart – Open at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Thursday
GameStop – Opens at 12 am on Black Friday
Home Depot – Opens at 5 am on Black Friday
Bed, Bath and Beyond – Opens at 6 am on Black Friday
Marshall’s, Pet Smart, Bloomingdale’s – Open at 7 am on Black Friday

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