Black Friday is no longer just one day. In fact, it’s moved to Thursday and runs all the way ’til Monday. We call it the Black Friday Five.
And it’s intense.
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1. Buy small appliances at Sears.
Sears won by a landslide as the best place to buy small appliances in 2016, with a mind-boggling $10 moneymaker on small appliances. Mic drop.
Kohl’s takes second place with the best and most consistent deals on small appliances. Last year we saw prices at Kohl’s for rice makers, coffee pots, and blenders (and more) for as low as $0.33 each!
2. Buy lightweight vacuums at Target.
Last year we saw awesome prices on Hoover WindTunnel vacuums at Target for $64.99, regularly priced at $129.99 — that’s 50% off!
Kohl’s had Shark Navigator vacuums on sale for $70, which is still a great price but not as cheap as Target. (#Targetlover)
3. Buy Dyson vacuums at Walmart.
Dysons are never cheap, but they’re worth the (admittedly) high price. Last year we saw prices for Dyson vacuums drop to $199 at Walmart, the lowest price we saw. At that price, a Dyson is almost as cheap as a regularly-priced smaller, less powerful vacuum.
The second lowest price last year was $240 at Macy’s. Still a reasonable price for a Dyson and only a little more expensive than Walmart. Just be sure you’re not planning to use a coupon at Macy’s that lists Dyson as an exclusion!
4. Buy cookware at Macy’s.
Macy’s was the best place to buy cookware last year with cookware sets: Corningware sets for $12.99, and Martha Stewart cast iron ovens for $44 (marked down from $180).
We also saw Food Network cookware sets at Kohl’s for only $52.99, marked down from $179.99, and 12-piece Rachel Ray cookware sets for $95.99.
5. Buy kids’ winter coats from Amazon.
If you’re looking for a kids’ jacket, Amazon had kids’ coats for as low as $6 each last year. Plus, you could buy them in your jammies from home.
If you have an Old Navy near you, you could also get children’s Frost-Free Jackets for only $10. Not quite Amazon, but for that price you can still afford to buy for the whole family.
6. Buy Pyrex dish sets at Kohl’s.
Pyrex deals abound during the Black Friday Five, so it’s the best time to stock up for the year. Last year we saw prices for Pyrex 24-piece sets as low as $7.99 at Kohl’s, which made Kohl’s the cheapest place to buy in 2016.
JCPenney had 22-piece Pyrex sets for only $10 in 2016, which means JCP takes a respectable second place.
7. Buy tools at Sears.
Craftsman tool bags, tools and bolt-on attachments were all free at Sears last year. Sears gets the blue ribbon again as the cheapest place to get tools.
Home Depot doesn’t take the prize for “best prices on tools,” but they did have a great deal on buy-one-get-one-free Ryobi power tools.
8. Buy PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles at Kohl’s.
Gaming consoles are the “it” gift for kids (or spouses) during the holidays. Kohl’s had the best deals last year with PlayStation 4 bundles for $167, and Xbox One bundles for $166.68.
Target had the next best price for PlayStation 4 bundles, at $200, and Xbox One bundles for $209.99 after a $40 Target gift card.
9. Buy Samsung tablets at Sears.
Last year we saw Samsung Galaxy tablets go on sale at Sears for $31 (regular price $199.99) during the Black Friday Five. Yes, you read that correctly. Obviously this makes Sears the place to watch tablet prices again this year.
Best Buy had the second best Samsung Galaxy tablet price at $135.99, which is still $65 off the regular price.
10. Buy a FitBit at Kohl’s.
If a FitBit is on your holiday shopping list, Kohl’s is the place to look first. Last year we saw FitBit prices at Kohl’s get as low as $65 for a FitBit Alta (regular price: $150) after Kohl’s Cash. That’s over 50% off!
Target also had a great price for a FitBit, $89.95 for the FitBit Charge (regular price $129.95), making it the second best place to shop during Black Friday.
11. Buy KitchenAid mixers at Kohl’s.
Kohl’s wins again with a KitchenAid Artisan mixer for $189-$199 when you combined Kohl’s Cash and mail-in rebates.
Sears had the second lowest price we saw over Black Friday last year, with KitchenAid Artisan mixers for $279 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
12. Buy off-brand TVs at Best Buy.
Brand name TVs are a different story (they’re actually cheaper in January), but if you’re totally fine without the brand name on your TV set then you can score some really great deals. Last year, Best Buy won by a landslide, offering TVs for as low as $76.98.
Target also had some great deals. We found TVs as low as $85!
13. Buy Keurig coffee makers at Kohl’s.
Coffee lovers take note: In 2016, you could score a Keurig coffee maker for only $61 after Kohl’s cash, making it the place to scope out Keurig deals.
Target came in second place, with a Keurig for only $64.99 after Target gift card.
14. Buy women’s boots at JCPenney.
JCPenney knew how to tempt us last year, with women’s boots for only $19.99, regularly priced at $90! That’s a 78% savings.
Macy’s also had a great deal on boots, regularly priced at $59 for only $19.99.