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Everything You Need to Know About Black Friday 2020

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Black Friday may look different for everyone this year, but that doesn’t mean the deals will be non-existent. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the big shopping day this year.

Everything You Need to Know About Black Friday 2020

Every year for years now my mom and I have gone out shopping on Black Friday. Before my grandma passed away, she always went with us, too.

We would get up at 4 am, start shopping, stop for breakfast and coffee, shop some more, grab lunch, and shop some more. Sometimes we didn’t get home until late in the afternoon!

It’s the only shopping day I look forward to all year. Even if we didn’t find much, it was just the time spent together. All the laughs and such fun memories.

However, this year Black Friday shopping is going to look a lot different. We still have no idea what we’re doing yet. We may just end up on my mom’s couch with our laptops and coffees shopping online at 5 am.

Regardless of how Black Friday shopping looks for you this year, here’s everything you need to know about the big day (or days I should say).

And if you have no idea what’s on your Christmas list this year, maybe my gift guides can help spark some ideas!

Everything You Need to Know About Black Friday 2020

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Black Friday falls on November 27 this year, but it’s not going to be what you’re used to. Many stores have already started sales ahead of the day with most of them being online.

Early Sales and Deals Online

Retailers aren’t encouraging people to flock to their stores this year. Instead, sales are starting early, with the best deals online.

A lot of stores, such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have sales going on the entire month of November. (Read more about their sales schedules here.) Most stores will expand their sales into the weekend up to Cyber Monday. Doorbuster sales may be for only a limited time, though.

Benefits to early online sales include:

  • Avoiding crowded areas
  • No long lines
  • Better deals can be found online
  • You have a better chance of grabbing what you want

Tips for Black Friday Online Shopping in 2020

We already know shopping will be different for us, but how do we shop this year? Follow these tips so you can grab the best deals and save money while staying safe.

  • Prepare

Sign up for the email lists from your favorite retailers. Once you start receiving their emails, you’ll get access to their upcoming sales, coupons, and promo codes.

  • Research

Shopping online is the best way to compare prices with other retailers. Also, research reviews before you make a purchase to make sure you’re getting the best product for the best deal.

Unfortunately, some sites use bots to make reviews for them or they are paying people to leave reviews. These reviews are often deceptive. Use Fakespot to cut through all the bull and see reliable reviews from real people.

  • Keep ads in one place

There are a lot of sites online that have all the Black Friday ads. My favorites are BestBlackFriday.com and DealsPlus.

  • Shop early

Keep in mind that these sales are only for a limited time, so act fast to get the best deal. Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it won’t sell out. Shopping early will also guarantee that your items get to their destination on time.

  • Look for promo codes

Search for promo codes and free shipping deals to help you save even more. A lot of retailers offer free shipping during the holidays and promo codes on non-sale items. Some stores offer different ways to save. For instance, Kohl’s offers $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent and Old Navy offers $10 Super Cash when you spend $25.

Most stores are offering free curbside pickup so you don’t have to pay shipping fees. Take advantage of those if you are close by.

Honey is an easy way to find promo codes and the best deals. You can add it as a Chrome extension and it will automatically show you if you have the best deal when shopping online. You can also see price history as well as be notified when the price drops on an item you want. I use Honey every time I’m shopping to save money and make sure I’m getting the best deal.

Sign up for Honey here.

  • Sign up for loyalty programs

Check to see if your favorite retails have loyalty programs and sign up if they do. For example, with Kohl’s Rewards, you get 5% Kohl’s Rewards on every purchase you make. Once your rewards reach $5, you receive a $5 Kohl’s Cash certificate.

Other stores with loyalty programs are CVS, Kirkland’s, JCPenney, Target, and Macy’s.

  • Stick to your budget

It’s easy to get carried away with all the fantastic deals and overspend. Decide your shopping budget ahead of time and stick to it. Try your best to resist impulse buying, especially if you’re not sure if it’s a good deal or not.

  • Check store policies

Before you start checking out, check the store policies for returns and price-matching. Target is extending its price-matching guarantee on items advertised as “Black Friday deals” from November 1 – December 24. If you find a cheaper price of an item you purchased at Target either in the store or online, they’ll refund the difference.

  • Use apps

Use apps to take advantage of getting cash back for purchases and finding the best deals. These apps are the best apps for saving money:

Rakuten: With Rakuten, you can see instant discounts as well as get cash back for purchases. Sign up here.

Flipp: Flipp collects flyers and coupons from hundreds of retailers and lets you upload personalized shopping lists. You can earn points or rebates when you upload your loyalty retail cards, too. Sign up here.

ShopSavvy: ShopSavvy is a QR code and barcode scanner that allows you to compare deals at different stores easily when shopping in person. This is great for helping you save money on items while you’re out! Sign up here.

  • Use discounted gift cards

You can find discounted gift cards on sites like Gift Card Granny, Raise, and GiftCards.com to use while doing your holiday shopping. Bonus – if you get a gift card for Christmas that you don’t want, sell it on their website!

  • Bookmark product pages

Be sure to bookmark the pages with items you’ve had your eye on. As soon as the sale begins, head to the bookmarked page with just one click.

  • Clear your cookies and shop incognito

Retailers use “dynamic pricing” on consumers who frequent their websites. “Dynamic pricing” is when retailers sell the same product for different prices to different groups of people. (Pricing is based on market ebbs and flows.) Unfortunately, you could be getting punished as being a loyal consumer.

Clear your cookies and open an incognito window when you shop. That way retailers will think you’re a first-time buyer and offer you better prices.

  • Sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial

On November 20, sign up for a free 30-day trial to Amazon Prime. Then take advantage of Lightning Deals that are only available to Prime members. These deals are only available for a limited time or until they sell out. As a Prime member, you can take advantage of the free 2-day shipping before Christmas. After the 30 days are up you can cancel and owe nothing!

Sign up for a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial here.

Top Stores to Shop

Below is a list of the top stores to shop at on Black Friday. Beside them I’ve listed the best products to buy at the deepest discounts.

Target: Beats, Graco, pajamas, holiday décor

Walmart: toys, pajamas, TVs

Kohl’s: small kitchen appliances, gaming consoles, FitBit, towels

Amazon: TVs, Alexa devices, toys,

Best Buy: Apple, laptops, printers, TVs

Macy’s: small kitchen appliances, glassware, throws, KitchenAid

JCPenney: Cuisinart, bath towels, Pyrex, cookware sets, small kitchen appliances, diamond jewelry

Ulta: Prestige Brands, beauty gift boxes, The Body Shop, fragrance sampler sets

Bath & Body Works: Wallflowers, 3-wick candles, hand soaps, body lotion

Top Black Friday Products

Below is a list of the top products to look out for on Black Friday and the stores to shop for the best deals.

Air Pods – Target, Best Buy, Rakuten

KitchenAid – Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s

Vacuums (Roomba, Shark, Dyson) – Macy’s, Kohl’s, Walmart

Apple Watch: Walmart, Target, Amazon

Apple iPad: Staples, Target, Amazon

Air Fryer Walmart, Kohl’s, Macy’s

Lego – Walmart, Costco, Kohl’s

Xbox – Target, Walmart, Amazon

Instant Pot – Kohl’s, Target, Walmart

Laptops & Chromebooks – Best Buy, Amazon

Keurig – Walmart, Kohl’s, Target

Printers – Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon

Keep in mind that Black Friday deals aren’t the only deals to shop during the holiday season. There’s also Cyber Monday. And don’t forget to take advantage of Free Shipping Day, which is Monday, December 14. Online retailers offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.

What are your favorite Black Friday shopping tips, either online or in-store?

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Michelle

Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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24 Comments

  1. cdloken says:

    You are absolutely AMAZING, my friend! This post is literally FILLED with so much detail and you’ve covered everything! Pinning and bookmarking so I can refer back to this post as I begin my shopping! Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you!! I’m so glad you found this helpful!! I take my Black Friday shopping seriously. 😂

  2. Awesome post, Michelle–so many helpful resources!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  3. Love the idea to just shop from home!! Thanks so much for all your time and research into this post!!
    You’re encouraging me to just shop from home:)

    1. Thank you!! I’m glad you found it helpful. 🙂 At least you’ll be safe shopping from home. 😁

      1. Very true!!

  4. I’m not a shopper any day of the year, but if I was I would want to shop with you. You certainly know how it’s done. LOL! I hope you and your mom can still have that time together this year.

    1. Lol! Black Friday is the only time I like to shop. I never like shopping for myself so that’s the day I mark off most of my Christmas lists. 🙂

  5. You really are amazing!!! what a great post, so informative, I really appreciate you and all the effort you put into getting this together. I love that memory you have with your mom and grandmother, my mom and I used to go to the mall every Christmas she loved it and I did too. Thank you Michelle have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thank you so much! Sometimes the best memories are made while shopping with our moms. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. This is awesome Michelle! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad it helps!! 🙂

  7. This is the BEST guide, thank you, Michelle! I’m all about online shopping, but this year I need shoes… So we’ll see.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful! So far I’ve seen shoes at JC Penney and Belk for under $20! Every year my mom and I get ourselves a new pair of boots at Belk for $19.99. So now I have tons of boots and no other shoes! haha! But it’s fun to treat ourselves after a full day of shopping. 🙂

      1. Ooh, thank you for the recommendations! I wear socks and sandals around these days, lol. But I agree, so much of my shopping is for other people, it’s fun to treat ourselves once in a while, too.

  8. This post was genuinely helpful. Black Friday seems as if it’s been going on since mid-October. I appreciated all of the details you provided here!

    1. I know what you mean! I’ve seen so many great deals lately. I’ve been shopping every week. LOL! Thank you!

  9. I’ve never done the Black Friday thing since I hate crowds, but I’ve certainly done my share of online shopping. Especially during this pandemic.

    1. I know what you mean about the crowds. For a few years we only went to stores that weren’t too crowded and avoided the mall. Last year we had to go to the mall because our favorite stores shut down. I’ll never do that again! And this year I’d much rather stay home and away from people. 🙂

  10. Black Friday is not something that happens here, although we do get a lot of discounts before the festival of Diwali.

    1. I think it’s dying out here. I’ve read that this might be the last year. I hope we can still get a lot of deep discounts before Christmas, though.

  11. Thank you, Michelle. I confess that all the advertisements and early black Friday sales have felt overwhelming this year. So I appreciate these tips.

    1. I agree! Every week there’s more and more. It’s easy to get caught up in it all and overspend.

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