Black Friday and Before: 2020 Edition

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I am one of those crazy people who loves going Black Friday shopping, and sadly, this will not be one of those years with the rising Covid-19 cases. Fortunately, the stores know that many people are less likely to go to crowded stores this year, nor should they try to bring massive crowds in all at once so most are actually closed on Thanksgiving this year, and many stores have been rolling out deals already instead of waiting until the week of Thanksgiving and have changed some things up this year. I’m focusing on my favorite deals and information for my favorite stores this year that have been posted so far. Click the links for each store to check out the Black Friday and before ads.

  1. Target

Target has been putting out Black Friday deals already this year and they even changed their price match policy for the year. If you buy something at Target between November 1 and Christmas and it goes lower at Target or Target.com, you can take your receipt in and get the price difference back. There’s also a Target Circle offer for a bonus; if you make three qualifying purchases of $75 or more between now and November 21, you get a 20 reward. By the way, if you don’t use Target Circle (previously Cartwheel), you should; I’ve saved over $1200 since it started! They have been doing a Target Circle offer of the week; through the 14th, you can save $20 when you spend $50 on bedding and bath. There has also been a daily deal for items and they post what the next day’s deal will be as well. If you haven’t already used it, there is an Circle offer for 25% off one toy or book; there are exclusions like LEGO, but you can use it on sale items for nice savings on one item. Books are also buy two get one free until the 14th. The Keurig K-Mini is $49.99 this week, which seems to be a really good price. Keep checking their website or the app for additional good deals. Some of Target’s prices on major items are similar to other stores, but if you have a REDcard, don’t forget you’ll get 5% off everything!

  1. Walmart

Walmart is starting sales early this year and has already released some special prices. There is an ad available now for some good deals through the 14th and some deals start at midnight ET on the 14th and in store at 5 a.m local time. These deals include some of the things that are usually in their Black Friday ad, like kids pajamas for $4.75 and DVDs starting at $3.96. Walmart often has good TV and computer deals, and some of those already started this month, but the ad posted now also says there will be other deals on November 25 and 27, so keep checking on their website. 

  1. Kohl’s 

Kohl’s is starting Black Friday deals online on Sunday, the 22nd at 12:01 a.m CT and in store at 8 a.m! This does not include the super deals, which will start online at 12:01 CT Thursday and 5 a.m Friday 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. Kohl’s will again offer $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend starting on the 22nd to the 27th, which is great for picking up some presents for free starting the 28th. Pro-tip: Use Kohl’s Cash and rewards on items that you can’t use other coupons on. I was just able to get my oldest a pair of Nikes for free with Kohl’s Cash. Some of the best deals include the Beats Solo Pro for $229 with $60 Kohl’s Cash (Target has some right now for $199; Kohl’s better deal with the Kohl’s cash if you can wait), Ninja Foodi appliances for $169 and $30 Kohl’s cash, and select LEGO sets for 30% off.  In the ad, there is a 15% off coupon available starting the 22nd, 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 5% back on your purchases. Also, there are often coupons sent in the mail to stack on top of all of this.

  1. JCPenney

It appears JCP is starting their sale on the 25th in-store and online, and on Friday, the stores open at 5 a.m. Usually, they give out coupons at the door for $10 off or more, but looks like that will not be offered this year, but instead this year there is a coupon in the ad (and likely in the app) for 30% off apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry, and home, as well as 10% off some other items. There are boots for $19.99, which are always on my Black Friday list, small appliances starting at $4.99 after rebate, and select Disney toys, clothing, and costumes are 50% off. There are a lot of great clothing deals, especially paired with that 30% off coupon. 

  1. Best Buy

As usual, Best Buy has some of the best TV and laptop deals around. When the deals start varies, between Sunday the 22nd and the 28th, so you’ll definitely need to look at the ad, with some deals online only on the 26th, like a 50 inch smart TV for $150. There are some great laptop deals from Chromebooks to Macbooks. You can get 10% off Xbox or Nintendo e-shop gift cards. There is also a good range of discounts on movies and video games. 

  1. Bath and Body Works 

I recently received a new mailer from Bath and Body Works with coupons, and their website says there will be a special Christmas box instead of a tote this year.  Usually the entire store is buy three, get three free, so we will have to wait and see if that holds true. 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 received a coupon for a free gift with any purchase good through the 29th, a coupon good now until the 22nd for 20% off purchase and then one good from the 23-29th for $10 off $40. I typically stock up on hand soap to last a few months during this sale, and we all know how important soap is right now! Wash those hands! Also keep an eye out on your email from Bath and Body Works because they’ve been running some pretty good one day only deals that could be a better price now with the coupon.

  1. Home Improvement and Farm Stores

Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menard’s, Farm and Fleet and Theisen’s will all remain closed on Thanksgiving as usual. If you’re looking for bigger items for your home, 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.

  1. Small Business Saturday

Don’t forget to shop local on the 28th (and all year long!) to support our local businesses and economy. This year our small businesses need us more than ever. Do what you can to support them. Check business websites and Facebook pages for any deals they might be running. 

Bonus Tips: Check Amazon for sales as they try to compete with other stores. If in-store shopping isn’t your thing, be sure to check out when the Black Friday sales start online at your favorite stores. Then be sure to watch for Cyber Monday deals, that very well could start as early as Saturday!

This will be an unusual shopping year, but I’d be okay if businesses went back to just opening at 5 a.m on actual Black Friday and did more online deals like they are now. 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 couple of weeks!

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