ST. PAUL (AP) - Minnesotans are finding Black Friday's steady slide back into Thanksgiving Day means easier shopping.

There were few signs of the typically crazy day of commerce as the sun rose in St. Paul Friday. As more consumers buy online or head to stores right after turkey, Friday morning shoppers found sparse parking lots and speedy checkout lanes at big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

Karissa Meyers, 30, and family members skipped their usual 4 a.m. Black Friday start and headed to Target in St. Paul around 8 a.m.

Meyers says there are still plenty of good deals even though many shoppers had already combed through the store hours prior. Meyers braved bigger crowds Thursday night to score a new iPad.