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Updated: Know Before You Go: A Master List of Black Friday Store Hours

By , dealnews Senior Feature Writer 

Black Friday is less than 72 hours away, but before you grab that turkey leg and run towards your local brick-and-mortar, we recommend checking out our master list of Black Friday store openings below. Like previous years, Black Friday is slowly encroaching on Thanksgiving Day, and that means if you want to take advantage of early sales, you’ll be able to start as early as 8 pm on Thursday. (Remember to check with your local retailer though, as not all locations will follow the same schedule.) This nationwide trend can even be seen at the famed Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, where more than 180 stores will open at midnight on Black Friday; that’s 35% of the mall’s 520 stores.

If all this sounds overwhelming, be sure to check out our Black Friday hub for all of the latest ads and buying guides to better prepare yourself. Even better, scan through our Black Friday cheat sheets where we’ve already highlighted the best deals on HDTVs, toys, games, and electronics, and laptops.

An avid gadget lover, Louis Ramirez has covered technology for Gizmodo, CNET, Laptop, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @LouisRamirez

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5 Delicious Deals: Free Bag of Lindor Truffles, Halloween Candy Sale, more

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributorAre you hungry? And maybe a little broke? Don’t touch that Ramen stash! We’ve got a list of great food deals from top restaurant franchises, including Macaroni Grill, Outback Steakhouse, and the Olive Garden, plus sweet deals on treats.

  1. Olive Garden’s Dinner Today & Dinner Tomorrow
    Price: $12.95
    Expires:November 18
Is It Worth It?: As part of its Dinner Today & Dinner Tomorrow event, order yourself an Olive Garden dinner entrée for $12.95, and receive another free take-out entrée for supper tomorrow. Entrées include Lasagna Rollatini with Meat Sauce, Mezzaluna Ravioli with Five Cheese Marinara, Spaghetti with Four Cheese Meat Sauce, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, and Fettuccine Alfredo. This deal also includes unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks. Go Olive Garden and find location near you.
  2. Outback Steakhouse 1/2 Order of Wings
    Price: Free with any purchase on Thursdays
    Expires:November 8Is It Worth It?: Today and every Thursday through November 8, head over to a nearby Outback Steakhouse and “Wing It!” Just mention “Wing it” to your server and you’ll enjoy a free 1/2 order of wings with whatever else you order. Mmm! Why not enjoy a cold one while you watch some football, too?
  3. Macaroni Grill Coupon
    Price: $10 off $20 via coupon code “RMGTOGO”
    Expires:November 6
Is It Worth It?: Via this coupon code, take $10 off online orders of $20 or more at Macaroni Grill. An Editors’ Choice deal, you can take big bites into delicious entrees like Carmela’s Chicken, Penne Rustica, Eggplant Parmesan, Fettuccine Alfredo, and know your wallet isn’t feeling the pinch. This ties our mention from last week as the best dollar-off coupon we’ve seen for this restaurant, but unfortunately Northern California, Washington, Montana, Hawaii, and McAllen, TX are excluded from the eatin’s. Everyone else: dig in!
  4. Lindt Chocolate 6-oz. Bag of Lindor Truffles
    Price: Free via printable coupon
    Expires:November 7
Is It Worth It?: Lindt & Sprüngli makes the finest Swiss chocoloate known to man — their Lindor Truffles are simply divine. We know you already like them, but show your affection for the sweets via Lindt’s Facebook page and you’ll receive a printable coupon good for a decadent 6-oz. bag of Lindor Truffles. Oh how sweet it is to be free!
  5. Just in Time for Halloween Candy Sale
    Price:From $6.25
Is It Worth It?: It’s almost time to stock up on Halloween treats! You already know it’s never cool to be the house that gives out apples, so why not pick up a bag of Hershey’s 100-Piece Snack Size Candy Assortment for $12.77. Or even better, the Hershey’s 130-Piece Halloween Snack Size Candy Assortment for $15.11? With these quantities, there’s likely to be some leftovers for the adults, too!

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Toys "R" Us Announces the Must-Have Toys of the 2012 Holiday Season

, dealnews Media Editor Every year around this time, Toys “R” Us steps up to their internet podium and announces their “Fabulous 15,” a list of the 15 toys that the store thinks are going to be the hottest buys of the season.

Some folks say that the Fab 15 is just a gimmick to create buzz and push toys. But this year, only a third of the toys that made the list are “TRU exclusives.” So it’s clear that this list comes from an altruistic (and not at all selfish profit-gain) place. They want every parent’s holiday shopping to be informed! We haven’t seen this level of kind-heartedness since that crazy guy who thought he was Santa started sending Macy’s patrons to Gimbals in Miracle on 34th Street.

Others might say that the Fab 15 list marks the official start of the holiday season. For children, it means they’re now officially allowed to daydream about what toys they want, make a list, and constantly badger their folks about presents. For parents, it means that they’re now allowed to have nightmares about elbowing other parents out of the way to get to the last remaining thingamabob on store shelves while simultaeously last-minute eBaying that other gotta-have-toy and paying an outlandishly gouged price just to avoid an under-the-tree “scene” come Christmas morning. (Of course, smart parents and gift-givers will simply set up a dealnews email alert and let the toys deals come to them. Just sayin’!)

No matter what you think of it, in the past, this list has never been very far off the mark in predicting the hottest toys. You might as well keep your eye on these 15 toys, and in particular, our picks for the five best items on the list.

The Best of the Toys “R” Us Fabulous 15

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset
$119.99 with free shipping, exclusively at Toys “R” Us

Even though this is a Toys “R” Us exclusive, we thought we’d single out this item because … well, it’s awesome. At least that’s what the 6- to 10-year-old inside us is saying. See, this holiday, everyone in your kid’s class is going to get figures, but how many are going to get three levels of street-and-sewer playsettery?! This one toy can make your child popular, if only because the other kids will want to use his playset to enact some pretty radical ninja turtle fights. (“Toy popular” is still “popular!”)

1D 12″ Doll in Harry, Zayn, Louis, Niall, and Liam
$19.96 each with $3.97 s&h, a low by $2

Every generation has their squee-inducing boy band, and this year it is One Direction. (Just for fun, keep calling them “The One Direction” and see how many times you can get your daughter’s eyes to roll.) If you’re the parent of a Directioner, failure to take one of these home will probably result in many heartbroken tears that will keep you up all night. (“OMG! Did you see?! He totally worked 1D songs into his write-up! SQUEEEEEEEE!”)

Furby Doll
$54 with free in-store pickup, a low by $6

Good Lord, it’s back! A whole new generation of kids can be introduced to the frustration and exhaustion of trying to train an incomprehensible, rambling, needy fuzzball. “What do you want?!?” your kid will shout, as it shakes the animatronic animal. “Blee bloo burble!” is the Furbish response. A prolonged sigh, followed by neglect will be the result. And everyone has learned a lesson. A $54 lesson.

Fisher-Price Jake and the Never Land Pirates Musical Pirate Ship
$41 with $2.97 s&h, a low by $7

So what if it teaches your kid: 1. That he or she can be a kid forever and never grow up or have to get a real job / pay bills / have credit card debt / bury a family pet, and 2. That pirates are a happy, jolly bunch who only sing about keel-hauling and getting drunk, but who are actually very responsible people who will look after your houseplants while you’re on vacation? It’s all for fun!

Tabeo 7″ Kids’ Tablet
$149.99 with free shipping, exclusively at Toys “R” Us

Remember what I said about altruism vs. greed, earlier in the feature? Well, this is the Fabulous 15’s attempt at a greedy money-grab. We have to say, its inclusion soils the entire list. For those that don’t know, the Tabeo is Toys “R” Us’ foray into the tablet market. And it’s supposed to be all “kid friendly” and junk, but at $150 it’s only $9 less than the cheapest Kindle Fire — which can also be set up to be very kid-friendly! So which should you get? The tablet that is for kids and kids only, or the tablet that the kid and you can both use? Exactly.

But, come, let us not let this one very, very rotten apple spoil the whole wonderous toy-bunch. Instead, let’s look beyond this obvious corporate ploy and continue to celebrate the Fabulous 15 for what it is: The appetoyser to the entire feast that is the holiday season.

So there are our picks for most notable of the bunch. Can you believe there is no Elmo this year?! Why, that’s like having cocoa without the marshmallows! Check out the entire Toys “R” Us Fabulous 15 and tell us which toys you like in the comments section below. And if any of those price tags are making you lightheaded at being light-walleted, set up an email alert for your favorites to see when they receive substantial discounts.

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Best Shoe Deals: Up to 60% off Nike, New Balance Barefoot Trainers for $60

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributorThe summer poses a number of challenges to runners (the winter ain’t so easy either), but now that it’s autumn, more and more folks are hitting the pavement. If you’re one of them, it’s smart to check on the condition of your current footwear. If those sneakers are looking a little worn in the heels, toes, or midsoles, you should definitely seek out a new pair of kicks. To make that easier than a 4-minute mile, we’ve rounded up the best running shoes of the week for you to compare.

  1. New Balance Men’s Minimus Trail Barefoot Trainers
    Vendor: Botach via eBay
    Price: $59.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By:$15
Is It Worth It?: Taking a different approach on running shoes, these New Balance Minimus barefoot trainers are designed to mimic a natural gait. The drop from heel to toe is 4mm, which is far less than the older, maximum-cushioning style. These are available in most sizes from 7 to 12. Continue reading Best Shoe Deals: Up to 60% off Nike, New Balance Barefoot Trainers for $60

Gilt Sells Fiats Via Flash Sale

It’s not the first time that, the upscale flash sale site has offered automobiles for sale online, but noteworthy with such a fashionable brand as Fiat. Gilt-FiatThe sale, which began today at 12pm EST, features a Fiat 500 by Gucci plus a trip to Italy for $27,750 (honest to God, a bargain). Later in the day a Fiat 500 Cabrio and 500 Abarth will go on sale, for a price not listed until sale time.

For more on daily deals, read my December 2011 cover story in SUCCESS magazine about how to make daily deals work for your small business.