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Black Friday Cheat Sheet

Ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what the best Black Friday 2020 deals are and where to shop? We got you! This cheat sheet will tell you what time to shop online, whether you should bother going in store (hint: you’ll probably get to stay home this year!), and what deals to watch for.

Black Friday Top Stores

Dates to know

Friday, November 6

Expected Ad Drop

October

Early Deals

Thursday, November 26, 3:00 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

Friday, November 27, 8:00 AM ET

In-Store Shopping Starts

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Attention shoppers (psst…read our Target 101) — if you don’t already have one, get a REDcard stat for all the Target Black Friday 2020 sales! Then read these Target Black Friday shopping tips and learn that REDcard holders get early access and exclusive discounts. Look out for early deals starting in October and watch for the Target Black Friday ad to see doorbuster sales, which is the only reason to shop in store. All other deals can be shopped online.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

November 1 - December 23

Curbside Pickup

yes

Best products to buy at Target

Beats

Graco

Pajamas

Holiday Decor

Dates to know

October

Early Deals

Saturday, November 14

Expected Ad Drop

Thursday, November 26, 10:00 PM ET

In-Store Shopping Starts

Friday, November 27, 7:00 AM

In-Store Shopping Starts

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Black Friday Deals for Days is how Walmart will spread out sales throughout November, starting online on Nov. 4. Most of the Walmart Black Friday ad deals will be available online, but if you can’t pass up those in-store savings, get ready for longer-than-usual lines due to social distancing. We break down all the Walmart Black Friday 2020 shopping tips and how to coupon at Walmart right here on KCL.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $35

Curbside Pickup

no

Best products to buy at Walmart

Toys

Pajamas

TVs

Dates to know

Sunday, November 1

Expected Ad Drop

Monday, November 23

Early Deals

Thursday, November 26, 12:01 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

Friday, November 27, 9:00 AM

Early Deals

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The average shopper may not know about Kohl’s small kitchen appliance deals (read our Kohl’s Black Friday shopping tips), but KitchenAid, Instant Pot and Keurig are best buys at Kohl’s. Look for “$15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend” promos this November and don’t even bother going in store — all the same deals and doorbusters are available online. Hungry for more Kohl’s savings? Read our Genius (and Accurate) Kohl’s Shopping Hacks.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $25

Curbside Pickup

Yes

Best products to buy at Kohl's

Small kitchen appliances

Gaming consoles

Fitbit

Towels

Dates to know

October

Early Deals

Monday, October 26

Expected Ad Drop

Monday, October 26, 3:00 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

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Now’s the time to get an Amazon Prime membership! At least get the 30-day free trial so you can shop the best deals using KCL’s Amazon Black Friday shopping tips. Prime members get early access to Lightning Deals and shoppers get an extended return window throughout the holiday season. Learn all the insane Amazon Prime freebies and savings tips here!

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $25 for non-Prime

Curbside Pickup

No

Best products to buy at Amazon

TVs

Alexa devices

Toys

Dates to know

Tuesday, October 13

Early Deals

Friday, October 30

Expected Ad Drop

Thursday, November 26, 1:00 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

Friday, November 27, 8:00 AM

In-Store Shopping Starts

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This year, shop Best Buy Black Friday 2020 deals from your couch (unless you want doorbusters or up to 58% off on a TV). Best Buy stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, but you’ll be able to shop online with free shipping through the holidays. Nintendo Switch on your list? Best Buy is one of the few retailers that’s consistently had the Switch in stock. Get more Best Buy Hacks on KCL and don’t even think about shopping Best Buy Black Friday without our insider guide.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free October 30 - December 25

Curbside Pickup

Yes

Best products to buy at Best Buy

Apple

Laptops

Printers

TVs

Dates to know

Monday, November 2

Early Deals

Thursday, November 12

Expected Ad Drop

Tuesday, November 24

In-Store Shopping Starts

Tuesday, November 24, 12:01 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

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Free-after-rebate offers are our favorite Macy’s Black Friday deals, and you should only shop in store for these freebies and doorbusters. Read Macy’s Black Friday shopping tips and learn the smart way to use “$10 off $25 purchase” and “$20 off $50 purchase” coupons in the Macy’s Black Friday ad. Oh, and if you know our Ultimate Macy’s Shopping Guide, then you know you should always choose ship-to-store or in-store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $25

Curbside Pickup

Yes

Best products to buy at Macy's

Small kitchen appliances

Glassware

Throws

KitchenAid

Dates to know

Sunday, November 1

Expected Ad Drop

Wednesday, November 25

Early Deals

Wednesday, November 25, 11:00 AM

In-Store Shopping Starts

Wednesday, November 25, 1:00 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

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Prepare to shop JCPenney Black Friday sales early this year and look for a $10-, $100- or $500-off mystery coupon. You’ll also want to remember the Cooks brand if you’re in the market for small kitchen appliances — you can get them for as low as $5! Haven’t shopped JCP in awhile? Check out these JCPenney Black Friday shopping tips for more can’t-miss strategies.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $49

Curbside Pickup

Yes

Best products to buy at JCPenney

Cuisinart

Bath towels

Pyrex

Cookware sets

Small kitchen appliances

Diamond jewelry

Dates to know

Friday, October 30

Expected Ad Drop

Saturday, November 7

Early Deals

Sunday, November 22, 3:00 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

Sunday, November 22, 10:00 AM

In-Store Shopping Starts

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Look for three must-have Costco savings books: one for pre-Black Friday deals, one for actual Black Friday, one for online-only Thanksgiving sales and one for Costco Cyber Monday. Most of Costco’s Black Friday deals will be available online — even for non-members. Learn what you should and shouldn’t buy (including Costco holiday toys) with these Costco Black Friday shopping tips.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Varies by Item

Curbside Pickup

No

Best products to buy at Costco

Dyson vacuums

Apple

Chromebook

TVs

LEGO

American Girl

Disney

Dates to know

Sunday, November 22

Expected Ad Drop

Thursday, November 26

Early Deals

Thursday, November 26, 5:00 PM ET

Online Shopping Starts

Friday, November 27, 10:00 AM

In-Store Shopping Starts

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Once the ULTA Black Friday 2020 ad drops, be ready! All deals are “while supplies last” so start shopping ASAP and plan to spend at least $60 so you can get a free gift with purchase. Score the hottest deals using our ULTA Black Friday shopping tips and learn to save serious cash all year with the ultimate ULTA Beauty hacks.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $35

Curbside Pickup

Yes

Best products to buy at Ulta

Prestige brands

Beauty gift boxes

The Body Shop

Fragrance sampler sets

Dates to know

Saturday, November 14

Expected Ad Drop

Thursday, November 26

Early Deals

Thursday, November 26, 6:00 PM

In-Store Shopping Starts

Thursday, November 26, 6:00 PM ET

Online Shopping Starts

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Bath & Body Works Black Friday 2020 is THE time to stock up on bodycare. With their “Buy 3, Get 3 Free” mix and match sale, you’ll easily qualify for the exclusive Bath & Body Works tote, which is just $30 when you spend $30, but valued over $100. Sign up for their email list to know about “today only” deals and learn more Bath & Body Works Black Friday tips and proven savings hacks.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

$5.99 flat fee at $10

Curbside Pickup

No

Best products to buy at Bath & Body Works

Wallflowers

3-Wick Candles

Hand Soaps

Body Lotion

Dates to know

Monday, November 2

Expected Ad Drop

Thursday, November 26

Early Deals

Thursday, November, 12:00 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

Thursday, November, 8:00 AM

In-Store Shopping Starts

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Did you know you can use coupons on top of CVS Black Friday 2020 sales? It’s one of the ways to get free stuff at CVS. Starting on Thanksgiving, look for “Buy 1 Get 1 Free or 50% Off” offers on Christmas decor and gifts. Prefer to shop online? Expect a “$20 off your $75 order” or similar coupon code in the CVS Black Friday ad. Get more CVS Black Friday tips and learn to coupon at CVS.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $35

Curbside Pickup

Varies by location

Best products to buy at CVS

Makeup

Gift Cards

Toothpaste

Dates to know

Friday, November 13

Expected Ad Drop

Thursday, November 26

Early Deals

Thursday, November 26, 12:00 AM ET

Online Shopping Starts

Thursday, November 26, 7:00 AM

In-Store Shopping Starts

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Plan to get all your stocking stuffers at Walgreens, where you can save at least 50% on drugstore items, toys and gift sets. Read these Walgreens Black Friday tips to learn all about the 25-30% off shopping pass for Balance Rewards members, because when you stack that promo with coupons (yes, you can use coupons on Black Friday at Walgreens!), the deals are crazy good.

Pickup and delivery

Free Shipping/Minimums

Free at $35

Curbside Pickup

Varies by location

Best products to buy at Walgreens

Toys

Gift sets

Black Friday Top Products

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As soon as Apple AirPods Black Friday deals start dropping, hop on them — stat! Last year, inventory went fast at top sellers, Target and Best Buy. The cheapest savings may come from online sources like Rakuten on Thanksgiving day when they offered a $30 coupon code on top of their AirPods sale price.

Best places to buy

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KitchenAid Black Friday deals are going to be hot at Kohl’s, where you can combine a sale price with a Kohl’s Cash offer (aka free in-store credit). But there are more ways to save on KitchenAid mixers all year round — you just gotta read our Foolproof Ways to Get a KitchenAid Mixer for Half Price.

Best places to buy

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Dreaming of a robot vacuum to sweep floors for you? Black Friday vacuum deals for Shark, Dyson, Roomba and more will be aplenty. Factor in free store credit like Kohl’s Cash for more savings.

Best places to buy

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Most of the best Apple Watch Black Friday deals will likely happen before Thanksgiving, and will sell out fast. Look for the biggest discounts on older generation watches, which still function very similarly to more expensive, newer models.

Best places to buy

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Target has some of the best Apple iPad deals, which is one really good reason to sign up for the Target REDcard debit card before the holidays. Since Apple sales are hard to come by any other time of year, create your own discount by using the instant 5% REDcard savings.

Best places to buy

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The best Black Friday Air Fryer deals can be broken down by size. If you’re looking to cook for a family of four, you’ll need a 2.7-3.5 qt. air fryer. In 2019, air fryers of that size were as low as $30. Looking for something bigger? A good price for 7-8 qt. fryers is around $40 on Black Friday.

Best places to buy

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Smartly shop LEGO deals by calculating the cost per brick and read our insider LEGO savings guide. You can also get LEGO deals during Target’s Semi-Annual Toy sale in mid-January and mid-July to save up to 70% off! HINT: Shop this same Target sale for all of this year’s hottest toys.

Best places to buy

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Xbox deals on your list? Keep your eyes peeled for Walmart’s Video Games Event, which happens before Black Friday week. In 2019, you could get $100 off Xbox One S + games bundles.

Best places to buy

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Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals are in high demand again this year. Lucky for you, we broke down all the deals in our Nintendo savings guide. Look for console and game bundles for the best discounts and shop Best Buy on Black Friday for up to 60% off games.

Best places to buy

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The key to getting better Black Friday Amazon Alexa and Echo deals is a Prime membership. Amazon offered existing Prime members early and exclusive deals on Echo Dot and Alexa Fire Stick in 2019. Expect the same in 2020.

Best places to buy

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Depending on what size you’re looking at, you can save up to 60% with Black Friday Instant Pot deals. Kohl’s is the best place to find Instant Pot deals because you can stack up to four promo codes online AND earn and redeem Kohl’s Cash all in the same transaction.

Best places to buy

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$89 for a laptop?! Yep, in 2019 Best Buy released some of their Black Friday laptop computer deals early, including $100 off a Samsung Chromebook. And this year expect similar discounts even earlier — like mid-October early! Snap them up as you see them because with COVID-19 keeping folks at home, everyone wants a cheap laptop.

Best places to buy

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Many of the best Black Friday TV deals are doorbusters and are only available in store. With most big retailers closed on Thanksgiving this year, plan to arrive at stores as early as possible on Black Friday (with a mask) or be online at midnight on Nov. 26 when online TV deals go live.

Best places to buy

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Don’t assume the newest Keurig model is worth the extra cash you’ll spend to get it. You’ll see a lot of Keurig deals, but weigh the pros and cons between models because often the cheapest (usually oldest) one does the job just fine. Learn more ways to save on Keurig all year long.

Best places to buy

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In 2019 Target Black Friday sales included cheap Ring Doorbell deals when you purchased an Amazon Echo Show: “Buy a Ring Doorbell, get an Amazon Echo Show for just $10.” Look for similar pairings this year for the best savings on two popular products.

Best places to buy

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Alexa is about to become your Black Friday BFF. When you ask your Alexa-enabled device (like an Echo) for current deals, you may just get a few exclusive offers like the $5 Amazon Smart Plug Black Friday deal offered in 2019.

Best places to buy

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Save some serious cash on gaming console bundles for Xbox and PlayStation during Walmart’s Video Games Event in November. But also look to Kohl’s for some noteworthy PlayStation deals where you can stack on coupon codes and earn Kohl’s Cash with your purchase.

Best places to buy

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Black Friday is THE time to stock up on family board and card games — especially at Walmart. In 2019, board game deals were as low as $5 at Walmart in store and online. We also saw prices as low as $7 from Target.

Best places to buy

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Get your family pajama jam on this holiday season with cheap pajama deals that consistently show up at Target and Old Navy for as low as $7. Or, stock up on PJs for baby at Carter’s, where you can expect to see steep savings on Sleep & Play PJs.

Best places to buy

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Need a printer for your new home office? Buy it now and don’t spend more than $20. In 2019, Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon all had Black Friday printer deals for around $20 on different models all regularly priced at about $60.

Best places to buy

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There’s no reason to spend more than $30 on a Fire tablet deal, especially since we’ve seen multiple retailers mark it down to that price on Black Friday. Wanna be a boss saver? Use your Target REDcard to knock an extra 5% off at Target.

Best places to buy

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Psst...you don’t have to wait until November to get Black Friday Disney deals; if you have a Costco membership, get to the store fast before all their Frozen 2 and Baby Yoda toys are gone. Or, wait until Walmart and Amazon release their Disney toys and compare price per doll if the holiday discount is a bundle deal.

Best places to buy

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Some of the best-reviewed Christmas trees can be bought for under $100 on Black Friday. Look for 7.5 ft. trees (regularly $330) for just $99 at Michaels, and 6 ft. trees (regularly $60) for as low as $30 at Target during their Black Friday Christmas tree sales.

Best places to buy

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If Power Wheels are on your kids’ Christmas lists, head to Walmart or Costco for ride-on deals under $100. Last year we even spotted mini quad ride ons for $45 at AcademySports.com, but beware of shipping fees! Choose in-store pickup if free shipping isn’t offered.

Best places to buy

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Tell Santa to stop over at Target and Walmart for some of the cheapest bike deals. In November, Target will release mobile toy coupons that can be used on top of sale prices. In 2019 it was a 25% off coupon that shoppers could use on Black Friday bike sales, making 12-16” kids bikes just $28!

Best places to buy

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“Free power tool with purchase” are the magic words to look for when Lowe’s and Home Depot release their Black Friday ads. In 2019, shoppers who bought Craftsman (Lowe’s) or Ryobi (Home Depot) tool kits, also got free power tools up to $80 in value.

Best places to buy

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The best iPhone deals typically happen when the newest model drops, but Black Friday iPhone deals are the next best thing. At Target look for free $200 gift card offers when you activate a new phone on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T.

Best places to buy

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