Black Friday Breakdown: Which stores have the best deals

Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming.

There are thousands of deals to choose from and plenty of lines to stand on. Without planning ahead, the massive storm of discount-hungry shoppers can make you feel a little bit like a vulture circling your prey.

But don’t stress. Let us do the work for you with our guide to the best deals split up into five categories.

Here are the BEST tech deals:

1. iPad Mini, $299 (get $100 gift card with purchase). Get it at Walmart 6 p.m. Thursday.

2. iPad Air, 16GB, $479 (get $100 gift card with purchase). Get it at Target Thursday at 8 p.m.

3. iPhone 5c, $45 with two-year contract (get $75 gift card with purchase). Get it at Walmart Friday at 8 a.m.

4. Samsung Galaxy S4 is free with two-year contract. Get it at Best Buy Thursday and Friday.

5. Kindle Fire, $189 (get $50 gift card with purchase). Get it at Meijer Friday at 6 a.m.

6. Nikon D7000 with 18-140mm lens, $799.99 (regularly $1,599. Best online package is $1,399). Get it at Best Buy 6 p.m. Thursday.

7. Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle with Halo 3, $199.99. Get it at Toys 'R' Us (available in-store only) Thursday at 5 p.m.

8. PlayStation 3 bundled with “The Last of Us” and “Batman: Arkham Origins” for $199.99. get it at GameStop at 12 a.m. Friday.

9. LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer, $39.99 ($30 off other outlets). Get it at Toys 'R' Us (in-store only) Thursday at 5 p.m.

10. 50-inch Emerson LED TV, $288. Get it at Walmart Thursday at 8 p.m.

11. 55-inch LG LED TV, $500. Get it at Best Buy Thursday at 6 p.m. or at Fry's at midnight on Friday.

12. 50-inch Element LED TV, $229. Get it at Target Thursday at 8 p.m.

13. Samsung 55-inch 120Hz, 1080p, WiFi LED-Backlit LCD HDTV, $897 (or 50 percent off what it cost in April). Get it now on

14. Vizio 50-inch 120Hz 1080p Smart LED HDTV, $498. Get it as Sam's Club Friday at 7 a.m.

15. $150 off all models of MacBook Air. Get it at Best Buy Friday at 10 a.m.

Here are the BEST clothing deals:

1. Ann Taylor is offering 50 percent off all cashmere on Friday.

2. Forever 21 on Friday will have its special “yellow tag deals” with items starting at $3.

3. Gap is offering 50 percent off all items in its stores (not including gift card purchases) on Friday.

4. From Friday to Sunday, Macy’s is offering 40 percent off women’s sportswear and Style & Co handbags.

5. At Nordstrom on Friday, enjoy 60 percent off select items in store and up to 35 percent off women’s sweaters.

6. At Target, get 40 percent off all denim and sweaters for men, women and kids from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.

7. At Kohl’s, get $15 back for every $50 spent until Dec. 1.

8. At Sears, get 60 percent off handbags from Thursday at 8 p.m. until Friday 1 p.m.

9. JCPenney is offering men’s graphic T-shirts for $3.99 on Friday.

Here are the BEST appliance deals:

1. JCPenney is selling the Hamilton Beach 10-Speed Blender for $19.99 with a $10 mail-in rebate, making the final price just $9.99.

2. Sears is selling the stainless steel Kenmore 25-Cubic-Foot Refrigerator for $799.99 on Friday – that’s a full $500 off the usual $1,299.99 retail price.

3. Walmart is selling the Farberware Stainless Steel Toaster Oven on Friday for $15.

4. Want a cool Coca Cola Retro Personal Fridge that holds up to six 12-ounce cans? Get it at Home Depot on Friday for $29.88.

5. Instead of paying about $500 for a KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, Best Buy is offering it for $199.99 on Friday.

6. Macy’s is selling the Bella Theater Style Popcorn Maker for half off at $49.99. You can save another $15 if you take advantage of a mail-in rebate that comes with it.

Here are the BEST toy deals:

1. Fisher-Price’s Imaginext Batcave, which usually sells for $39.99, is only $9.99 at Toys R Us on Friday.

2. At Target on Thursday night and Friday, buy one Imaginext-branded toy and get another for 50 percent off.

3. Get the MEGA Bloks First Builders Unicorn Stable – normally $49.90 – for 24.99 at Kohl’s on Friday.

4. The First Builders 100-Count Block Set from MEGA Bloks – normally $25 – is selling for $15 at Target on Thursday night and Friday.

5. Starting Thursday night, Walmart is selling the Barbie Big Box Playset from Mattel for half off at $35.

6. At Toys R Us Friday, get a Roboraptor for $49.99 instead of its normal price at $79.99.

7. Also at Toys R Us on Friday, if you buy a Kurio S Tablet (made for children) for its regular price of $149.99, you get a $40 Toys R Us gift card.

Here are the BEST tool deals:

1. Home Depot is selling the HDX 71-Piece Screwdriver Set for $9.88 on Friday.

2. Home Depot is also offering the Husky 235-Piece Mechanics Tool Set for $99.

3. Another great deal from Home Depot on Friday is the Dremel 200 Series 2-Speed Rotary Tool Kit with 15-Piece Accessory Kit for $29.97.

4. Sears is selling the Craftsman 24-inch Dual-Stage Snow Thrower on Friday for $500, about $50 less than it normally sells for.

5. Sears also has the Craftsman 9-Amp Electric Blower for $20 and the Craftsman 36-inch Creeper for $20

6. At Kmart, get the Craftsman Reciprocating Saw for $30 on Friday and the Craftsman Evolv 18780 Circular Saw for $30.

7. At Ace Hardware on Friday, get 50 percent off one regularly-priced item under $30

8. Lowe’s is selling the DeWalt 80-Piece Drilling/Driving Set with Bag for $20 on Friday.

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