Kathleen Garvin - The Penny Hoarder

Buying a car isn’t particularly fun. Especially when it’s an unexpected purchase, like in my boyfriend’s case.

From deciding on a budget to comparing different makes and models to figuring out how to get the best price at the dealership, there’s a lot involved in the process.

Thankfully, Kia’s latest promotion makes car shopping a little more tolerable. From now until March 31, 2016, you can get a $25 Visa Prepaid card when you test-drive a new Kia.

How to Get a Free $25

Click here, fill out your contact information and print out the promotional certificate. Take it to a Kia dealership near you and test-drive any new Kia on the lot.

Then, ask the salesperson to fill out the designated section on the print-out, and mail the completed certificate to the address on the form before April 15, 2016.

You’ll receive your $25 Visa Prepaid card approximately six to eight weeks after submitting your certificate.

Other terms and conditions for the promotion:

  • You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license
  • You only get one $25 Visa Prepaid card per household
  • The promotion only takes place in the continental U.S.

My boyfriend and I visited a Kia dealership in our neighborhood last weekend. To save everyone’s time, we cut to the chase and let our salesman know we were interested in the promotion.

And, just like that, we took a brand-new 2016 Kia Forte -- with all the bells and whistles -- out for a spin. Afterward, he filled out his dealer information, and we were in and out within 30 minutes.

This offer is limited to the first 10,000 completed certificates received, so get moving! In the meantime, here are other ways to make money test-driving cars.

Your Turn: Will you test-drive a new Kia for a $25 Visa Prepaid card?

Kathleen Garvin is an editor for The Penny Hoarder and conscientious test-driver. You can check out her beginner-friendly marketing blog at www.themaroonhouse.com.

Years ago, I remember waiting in line with my aunt, sister and cousins outside a New Jersey department store on Black Friday.

We huddled together in the pre-dawn cold with our hot chocolates, and excitedly waited for novelty snow globes and early bird coupons.

Black Friday traditionally ushers in the holiday shopping season. But some retailers have begun offering deals sooner.

What began as an early-morning activity the day after Thanksgiving has turned into an after-dinner -- and sometimes earlier -- family shopping activity on Turkey Day.

Have the itch to hit the mall before the clock strikes midnight, too?

Whether you want to get a jump on your gift list or just venture out to the stores in between football and turkey dinner, these 11 stores will be open on Thanksgiving.

Please note, some of these hours are based on previous years and not yet confirmed. We will update the list as information becomes available. Also, some hours vary by location; check with your local store.

Thanksgiving Day 2015 Store Hours

1. Best Buy Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Planning to shop at Best Buy? Here’s our guide to the best Best Buy deals.

2. Kmart Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reopen from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Planning to shop at Kmart? Here’s our guide to the best Kmart deals.

3. Kohl’s Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Planning to shop at Kohl’s? Here’s our guide to the best Kohl’s deals.

4. Macy’s Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Planning to shop at Macy’s? Here’s our guide to the best Macy’s deals.

5. Office Depot Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Planning to shop at Office Depot? Here’s our guide to the best Office Depot deals.

6. Old Navy Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Planning to shop at Old Navy? Here’s our guide to the best Old Navy deals.

7. Sears Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Planning to shop at Sears? Here’s our guide to the best Sears deals.

8. Target Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Planning to shop at Target? Here’s our guide to the best Target deals.

9. Toys R Us Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Planning to shop at Toys”R”Us? Here’s our guide to the best Toys R Us deals.

10. Walgreens Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Planning to shop at Walgreens? Here’s our guide to the best Walgreens deals.

11. Walmart Thanksgiving Store Hours

Stores open: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Planning to shop at Walmart? Here’s our guide to the best Walmart deals.

To see more Thursday and Black Friday store hours, click here.

Your Turn: Are you going shopping before Black Friday this year?

Kathleen Garvin is an editor at The Penny Hoarder.

This post originally appeared on our special Black Friday site