2017 BLACK FRIDAY GUIDE

My favorite shopping season is here! I love Black Friday shopping. I like going to the stores to find the deals, and now, many of those deals start early online, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home, or fight the crowds! If you’re anything like me, you’ve got lots of people to buy for this Christmas and probably some things you’d like to update in your home. Black Friday/Thanksgiving night shopping is a good time to do all that.

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

1. Target

Target is changing things up a little bit this year. They will offer early access to over 150 deals for REDcard holders on 11/22 online, so I’m excited to see what the offers are because it could save me from rushing there on Thursday. Target opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but is closing at midnight and re-opening at 6 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 11/24. 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 for $189, plus you’ll get a $25 Target gift card, making it a better deal than most of the other stores, and the Echo Dot for $29.99; my boys love asking Alexa to play music or tell jokes. Many of the stores are selling it for this price, but if you have a REDcard, don’t forget you’ll get 5% off everything!

2. Walmart

Walmart is amping up its online sales this year by offering most of the deals starting at 12:01 ET (11:01 CT!) on Thanksgiving day, and like Target, 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 $9, and 1100 thread count sheets for $24. Of course there are also some great deals on TVs, including a 39” Smart TV for $125. My favorite deal is the Instant Pot for $49! It is 5 qt. rather than the 6 qt. that sells on Amazon for $79, but I think that’s still plenty big for that price! I love mine and check here for great recipes!

3. Kohl’s

Kohl’s is starting Black Friday deals online on Monday, the 20th! 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 20th, which is great for picking up some presents for free a couple days later. Some of the best deals include a PS4 for $199.99, with $60 Kohl’s Cash in return, and small kitchen appliances as low as $4.99 after rebate. According to Kohls.com, there will also be a 15% off coupon available starting the 20th, 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 many people received a $10 promotional coupon to use until 1 p.m. on Friday.

4. JCPenney

I have to say that I’m a little disappointed that JCP is opening at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. They’ve also changed how they accept coupons and rewards recently, making deals not quite so good when you try to stack offers, which has been frustrating. 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, an air fryer for $19.99 after rebate, and a 5 piece luggage set for $39.99. JCP also now carries appliances, and they have some deals, so if you’re in the market for that, then you should do some price comparisons with other stores.

5. 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 $179.99 for a 55 inch Smart TV, which appears to be the best TV deal around. Best Buy will also close at 1 a.m. and reopen at 8 a.m. so if you want the hot deals, plan to be there Thursday. There are great printer deals as low as $19.99, and of course nice deals on Apple products, including the iPad mini for $274.99 and Apple Watches starting at $199.

6. 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 apparently decided not to offer nice freebies like they have in year’s past for Thanksgiving/Black Friday; they’ve decreased and now disappeared this year entirely, which is so disappointing. The only good deals worth noting is that there are 40 to 50% off toys, which might be nice things to pick up for Toys for Tots donations, and a $10 Walgreens gift card with a $30 iTunes gift card purchase.

7. 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.

8. Toys R Us

TRU will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and definitely has some great prices on items. I don’t have girls so I’m not really in the market for Barbies and dolls, but 50% off for a 3 story Barbie townhouse, making it $59.99 seems like a pretty great deal. Lego sets are 30 to 40% off, Disney 5 minute storybooks are $6.49 (my boys love these), and a Lite-Brite is $19.99. A Lite-Brite! I may just have to get that one for nostalgia sake. There are also some great car seat deals.

9. 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 a hint at the biggest cyber sale ever starting on Saturday for 72 hours.

10. 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. 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!

 

One Response to 2017 BLACK FRIDAY GUIDE

  1. Meghan
    Meghan November 20, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    Maggie – this is AWESOME. Thank you Thank you!

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