2018 BLACK FRIDAY GUIDE

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I love Black Friday shopping. It’s my favorite shopping time of the year to stock up on some of the things that I have run out of or to update items. In the last year, we’ve seen several stores close in the area, so this might change some game plans for people, but there are still many good deals. This year a laptop was top on my list and I already purchased it from Best Buy because many of the stores have changed up how they do their sales, and offer some preview sales when they release the ad, so be paying close attention in the days leading up to Black Friday.

If you want some tips on how to do Black Friday right and for some of the typical store deals, you can check out a previous post (but do take note that the links and sales mentioned are from a previous year). I’m focusing on my favorite deals at my favorite stores this year. Click the links for each store to check out the Black Friday ad.

Target

Target will offer early access to some deals REDcard holders on 11/21 online, so you’ll want to check if you’re scoping out a deal. Target opens an hour earlier than last year at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but is closing at 1 a.m. and re-opening at 7 a.m. Friday, so if you want some of the hot doorbuster deals, you’ll want to shop Thanksgiving night. But if it’s deals you’d just like to have, and you won’t be too disappointed if they are already gone, then shop on Friday when they are offering a coupon for 20% off on a future trip if you spend $50 in one transaction on 11/23. Consider even just doing some grocery and household shopping Friday evening when the stores are likely to be less crowded to get that coupon. There are some great deals, like buy the XBox One S with Minecraft for $199, plus you’ll get a $20 Target gift card, making it a better deal than most of the other stores, the Echo Dot for $19.99, a hoverboard for $100. If you have a REDcard, don’t forget you’ll get 5% off everything!

Walmart

Walmart is starting its online sales this year by offering many deals starting at 9:00 pm CT on 11/21, the earliest they have started. Thanksgiving day, the in-store deals start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. They have the usual good deals, like movies as low as $1.96, video games as low as $12, and 1100 thread count sheets for $24. A great deal is the Instant Pot for $59 for an 8 qt. 6 in 1. If you need an iPhone upgrade, there is an offer for $300-400 on several models. Plus there is a fun deal on a retro Pac-Man or Galaga arcade for $249.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s is starting Black Friday deals online on Monday, the 19th! This does not include the doorbusters which will start online at 12:01 CT Thursday, so be sure to look carefully at the top of each page of the ad where it tells when those deals will be live online. In-store deals will begin at 5 p.m on Thursday. Kohl’s will again offer $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend starting on the 19th, which is great for picking up some presents for free starting the 24th. Some of the best deals include the Xbox One S with Minecraft for $199.99 with $60 Kohl’s Cash in return, and a 58 inch smart TV for $549 with $165 Kohl’s Cash. In the ad, there is a 15% off coupon available starting the 19th, which will have some exclusions, but you’ll still be able to save more on lots of products. If you haven’t joined Kohl’s rewards yet, make sure to do that as well to get a $5 reward for every 100 points. Also check your mail, because you might have received a $10 coupon to use in-store.

JCPenney

I have to say that I’m a little disappointed that JCP is opening again at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. That said, JCP does have some really great deals. If you can get there early enough, they are giving away coupons worth at least $10 to use on top of already good deals. There are boots for $19.99, which are always on my Black Friday list, small appliances starting at $7.99 after rebate, a small air fryer for $4.99 after rebate, and a 5 piece luggage set for $39.99. There are also lots of nice cookware deals if you’re in the market for a new set.

Best Buy

It should come as no surprise that Best Buy has some of the best TV and laptop deals around. You’ll probably have to get there hours before they open at 5 p.m. to score the 43 inch smart TV $129. There are some great laptop deals, including the Dell touchscreen for $399, which is what I already purchased. Of course there are nice deals on Apple products, including the iPad mini 4 for $249.99. If you’re curious about your ancestry, a neat deal is the 23andMe kit for $59 with a $10 Best Buy gift card back. My husband tried this last year, and I’m now curious about my own results, so I might pick one up too.

CVS and Walgreens

One of my favorite places to shop for Black Friday that actually starts Thanksgiving morning is CVS. You can score over 10 freebies after Extrabucks, plus several other great Extrabucks deals. On top of that, there are buy one, get one free seasonal toy deals, As Seen on TV items, and Hallmark ornaments. Walgreens has 50% off select toys, which might be nice things to pick up for Toys for Tots donations, but not much else of note.

Bath and Body Works

I just received a new mailer from Bath and Body Works with coupons and an advertisement for their holiday tote. There aren’t other details than that, but the typical deal is spend $30 and get the tote for $25, which is worth $115. Black Friday is the only day that you can stack coupons from different mailers at BBW as long as you meet the terms of the coupon, so you can save even more on their awesome prices. I stock up on hand soap to last a few months during this sale, though this year, I caught an early one-day deal on hand soap that made it cheaper than Black Friday, so pay attention to their website for daily deals.

Old Navy

Old Navy will have 50% off your entire purchase Wednesday through Friday. On Friday only, cozy socks will be $1 only (limit 10) and for every pair sold, they will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Club, up to $1 million, which is pretty great. I’ll probably stop in for just that reason alone. There is also Cyber Monday deals that actually start on Sunday for cardholders.

Home Improvement and Farm Stores

Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menard’s, Farm and Fleet and Theisen’s will all remain closed on Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for bigger items for your home, definitely be sure to check these stores out and compare prices. I always hit Menard’s for some unique gift items that they don’t usually carry. Plus, Farm and Fleet and Theisen’s always have good deals on clothes, toys and gifts for our furry family members. All the stores are offering pre-Black Friday sales, and it seems are slower to put their full ad out.

 

Bonus Tips: Check Amazon for sales as they try to compete with other stores. If in-store shopping isn’t your thing, then be sure to watch for Cyber Monday deals, that very well could start as early as Saturday!

Don’t forget to shop local on Small Business Saturday to support our local businesses and economy.

Feel free to share your favorite tips and deals for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday shopping. There will be lots of deals to take advantage of in the next week!

 

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