Believe it or not, some people look forward to Black Friday more than they do Thanksgiving. Just look at the numbers from last year, with record sales growth that shows no sign of slowing down. It makes sense; some of the deals are just too good to pass up on with Christmas on its way.
Whether you’re itching to do some holiday shopping or simply want to take advantage of the slashed prices, be sure to check out these 8 Black Friday events:
1. Walmart Deals for Days
The most popular supercenter in America is expanding its Black Friday sales into three parts. The Deals for Days event aims to spread out holiday sales to reduce crowds rushing in the day after Thanksgiving. Each wave of sales features different products, so those who want to shop for electronics won’t cross paths with those who want to shop for home goods.
In addition to spreading out its deals, Walmart is allowing access to sales online before they become available in stores. This incentivizes online purchases, where social distancing not an issue. The Black Friday deals, for example, will be available online the day before Thanksgiving.
2. Amazon Holiday Dash
Until November 19th, you can find all sorts of season deals as Amazon builds up to Black Friday. This is another effort to get customers to do their gift shopping beforehand to reduce crowds in stores. While Amazon has few to no physical stores, it still acknowledges the consumer desire to shop safely.
Amazon’s Holiday Dash features sales on pretty much everything, and every day there’s something new. If you miss the cycle ending on the 19th, don’t fret. The Holiday Dash launched shortly after the incredibly popular Amazon Prime Day, so you can be sure that the online sales company has something up its sleeve for the following weeks.
3. Best Buy Black Friday Ad Deals
It’s not a true Black Friday sale if you’re not looking into electronics. Gadgets are some of the most coveted items on the market, and the most expensive. Best Buy is your go-to for in-store electronic purchases, so its sales are a must-see.
Best Buy has already published its Black Friday Ad Deals which you can view online. If you choose to make a purchase, it can be ready for pick up in as little as an hour. You can also get same-day delivery in select locations by ordering early enough in the day.
4. Home Depot Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Tired of looking at the same dull walls in quarantine? Got a leaky faucet that’s been driving you crazy? It’s time for some home improvement. Spending more time indoors gives you ample time to tackle some of the projects you’ve been putting off.
Home Depot kicked off its Black Friday sales early. They run from November 6th all the way until December 2nd, giving you all the time in the world to get the tools and materials you need to fix up your home. You can also check out the sales on furniture and home decor to spruce up the place without the hard labor.
5. Target Weekly Deals
Target has a cult following of devoted customers ready to line up for its Black Friday Sales. This year, Target is unrolling its sales on a weekly basis. Similar to what competitors are doing, this spaces out sales across the entire month instead of bunching them together in a single day.
Starting November 22nd until the 28th, Target will hold sales on toys, electronics, games, kitchen, and vacuums. If your shopping list includes any items that fall into these categories, be sure to add a Target run to your online calendar.
6. GameStop Deal of the Day
Alright gamers, time to boot up some video game savings. Leading up to Black Friday, GameStop is holding a daily Deal of the Day throughout November. Each day features some select deals on some of their merchandise to get customers warmed up for Black Friday.
GameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and in-store sales will start at 7 A.M. on Friday morning. This is your chance to land the newest Xbox and PlayStation consoles, which are in limited supply. Otherwise, you can do your online shopping starting on the previous Wednesday.
7. Macy’s Black Friday Sale
Thanksgiving week and Macy’s go hand in hand. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as its roots in the holiday’s history, make this an especially eventful year for the retailing giant. Black Friday gets just as much attention, with a host of deals coming your way right after the floats.
Macy’s allows you to create an online wish list of all the deals you want to take advantage of when they go live. All you have to do now is set a reminder in your online calendar and enjoy Black Friday shopping to your heart’s content.
8. Opt Outside
Want to do something besides shop? United By Blue, an outdoor apparel company, is putting together an event called #OptOutside. The company is encouraging customers and followers to ‘opt to act’ this Black Friday by spending the day cleaning up trash in their communities instead of joining the aggressive shopping crowds.
This is one of the more organized efforts but is one of many opportunities you have to give back to your community this Black Friday. Looking for ways to volunteer during the holidays can feel so much better than emptying your wallet at as many stores as possible.
Any number of stores that you look up will have some kind of Black Friday sale. Make a list and check it twice, and be sure not to let these suggestions stray too far out of your radar. Also, be sure to set a budget so the gift-giving joy doesn’t leave you a beggar.