Shopping Tips for the Day After Christmas Sales

Don't Miss the End of Year Sales

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Consumers look to the Day After Christmas clearance sales to offer them Black Friday type of deep discounts and clearance prices. And much like Black Friday, all of the largest retail chains will be using day-after-Christmas extended early opening and late closing store hours as a competitive tool to attract as many shoppers through the doors of their physical stores as possible on December 26.

Even though for many people in the U.S. the day after Christmas is an official holiday, for the U.S. retail industry the day after Christmas will definitely be a day of work.

All stores of the largest U.S. retail chains will be open on the day after Christmas for their annual after-Christmas sales and clearances.

The aggressiveness of the extended opening and closing times for Day Christmas sales will depend on the sales success that individual retailers had prior to Christmas.  The earliest opening times, latest closing times, best deals and deepest discounts will likely come from retailers that had a tough time during the prior year.

Who Shops on December 26th?

December 26th is a great deal for bargain seekers. In addition, the day after Christmas is also commonly known as exchange day for Christmas gifting gone wrong. Although, due to the popularity of the shopping day and more generous extended holiday gift return policies, gift exchangers and returners are starting to avoid the crowded December 26th shopping experience.

In place of gift returns, gift card, e-gift card, and mobile gift card purchases are a primary activity.

For of shoppers on their Day After Christmas shopping trip.  The combination of clearance prices and the "free money" loaded on a gift card creates Black Friday-esque sales opportunities that gift card recipients can't resist. According to CardHub.com, gift card sales in the Christmas holiday shopping season are expected to be more than $31 billion in the U.S.

Retailers want to offer great deals to entice those who received the $28 billion of holiday gift cards to spend them and hopefully spend even more.

What to Shop For

December 26th is all about seasonal bargains, but it's not the best time to find basics such as towels, soap, or running shoes. Instead, expect to find great bargains on anything holiday-related, as well as winter items such as outwear and boots. You're also likely to find good prices on selected home decor, and gift items of all sorts. You may also discover deals on "outdated" (but still perfectly good) televisions, electronics, video games and consoles, and the like.

Where and When to Shop on the Day After Christmas

Most major big-box stores have extended hours on the day after Christmas, but you'll need to check with your local store or mall to be sure you'll find the doors open when you arrive. The times below were accurate in the past, and it's very likely that you'll find early opportunities this year as well. You may also want to check your favorite coupon site to find any additional money-saving opportunities to print and bring with you. Sites like Retailmenot, Coupons.com, and Groupon all offer a range of money-saving offers.

As you can see, many major outlets open very early, and it's often worth your while to arrive when the doors open. That way, you can the pick of the merchandise before it's picked over!

Kohl's
Stores open 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Wal-Mart
Stores open at 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hy-Vee
Stores open from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

JCPenney
Stores open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Meijer
Stores open at 6:00 a.m

Toys 'R Us
Most Toys 'T Us stores open at 6:00 a.m.

Academy Sports + Outdoors
Stores open at 7:00 a.m.

Old Navy
All Old Navy stores open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Dick's Sporting Goods
Stores open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Lowe's
Stores open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Macy's
Most Macy's stores open at 7:00 a.m. on the day after Christmas

Michaels Stores
All Michaels Stores open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Pottery Barn
Stores are open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sears
Stores Open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Target
Stores open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops Inc.
Stores open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Best Buy
Stores open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Pier 1 Imports
Stores open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Ross
Stores open at 8:00 a.m.

Saks
Saks stores open the day after Christmas at 8:00 a.m.

Dillard's
Stores open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Big Lots
Stores open regular hours on the day after Christmas

Neiman Marcus
Stores open regular hours the day after Christmas