The joke used to be that you'd hit the movies to get a break from your family on Thanksgiving.

Now shopping, pretty much anywhere, is the other option. So many major retailers are opening for business on Thanksgiving Day -- well, really Thanksgiving evening. That means waiting until Black Friday to bargain hunt is a thing of the past.

Of course this is the cutthroat world of holiday retail, and when one competitor changes the game, the others must follow. Not great news for store managers hoping for the day off, but awesome news for price-minded folks who prefer to work off that extra helping of sweet potatoes by power shopping.

To help you prep, here's a cheat sheet of retailers who will be ready and waiting:

• Toys R Us will open at 5 p.m., three hours earlier than last year, so you can try your best to score a polkadot Furby. There will be four-hour deals until 9 p.m. including buy-one-get-one-free specials for Disney Infinity figurines.

• If you need to pick up a Wii mini at the last minute, Best Buy will open more than 1,000 locations at 6 p.m. But you can get there at 4 p.m. when tickets for entry will be handed out.

• Last year Target opened at 9 p.m., this year it will open at 8 p.m. all ready to sell 50-inch flat screens for $299. 

• For the first time ever Kohl's will open at 8 p.m. on T-day and stay open until midnight on Friday. Their gift to you? Shoppers get $15 in Kohl's cash for every $50 of actual cash spent.

Kmart is not new to the T-day shopping game. Store will open at 6 a.m. as they did in 2012 and stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday. Doorbuster deals include Android tablets for $39.99 and 50% off all Monster High toys.

Wal-Mart has been opening on Thanksgiving for a quarter of a century, but this year it will open at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than in 2012. A first round of sales will kick off at 6 p.m. followed by a second round at 8 p.m.

• For the first time in the store's 155-year history, Macy's -- the retailer known for presenting the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City -- will open at 8 p.m. I guess after watching parade crowds gather by the closed doors of the Herald Square location, then move on to spend their money elsewhere, Macy's execs decided on a new tradition.

Will you be doing any holiday shopping on Thanksgiving day?


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