The Home Depot Black Friday sale is a favorite among tool-loving DIYers and folks wanting to buy dirt-cheap holiday decor. And ever since 2020, Home Depot has turned what used to be a days-long sale into a 2 – 3 week-long event.
But that extension means it’s no longer enough to know which deals to expect — now you need to know when to expect these deals to drop. I’ve studied and tracked Home Depot’s Black Friday sales data for the past three years, and we can shape sound shopping strategy based off of what we’ve seen in years’ past.
Below I’ll highlight when to expect Home Depot’s Black Friday sale to begin, how long it ought to last, and when you expect the best deals on tools, Christmas decor, and appliances. Plus, I’ll breakdown all of the Home Depot policy jargon so you can avoid any unwanted surprises this holiday season.
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1. Expect The Home Depot Black Friday Sale to start in the first half of November.
In 2020 and 2021, The Home Depot Black Friday Sale was extended to start earlier in November than ever before. Prior to the pandemic, The Home Depot Black Friday Sale would start online on Thanksgiving Day and go until Cyber Monday. Now we see start dates within the second week of November to give shoppers more time to save.
2. Home Depot’s Black Friday sale usually lasts a couple weeks.
Although Home Depot’s Black Friday sale only lasted for one weekend in 2019, ever since 2020 they’ve stretched out the event to last for 2.5 – 3.5 weeks. But the best deals still hit during the actual week of Black Friday; that’s when Home Depot runs the best doorbuster deals on poinsettias and Christmas decor.
3. The $2 poinsettias are the best deal of The Home Depot Black Friday sale.
In 2020 and 2021, Home Depot’s Black Friday doorbuster was the $2 potted poinsettia — and before that the price was $0.99. Point is, the doorbuster poinsettia sales are the No. 1 deal I look for during Black Friday at Home Depot.
But if you’re looking for power tools or outdoor Christmas decor, you’ll still be in luck. Over the past few years we’ve found 60% savings on inflatable Christmas decorations and Buy One Get One free Dewalt power tool deals. Best part? Home Depot offers free shipping on any order totaling $45 or more.
4. Subscribe to Home Depot alerts and special clubs to earn 10 – 15% off coupons.
Home Depot makes both dollar-off and percent-off coupons available to anyone who does the following:
- Sign up for Home Depot email alerts: Earn a $5 off $50 coupon.
- Sign up for Home Depot text alerts: Earn a $5 off $50 coupon.
- Join the Home Depot Garden Club: Earn a $5 off $50 coupon.
- Sign up for Home Depot Style and Decor emails: Earn a 10% off coupon on select furniture, home accents, bedding, and bath items.
- Complete a Home Depot workshop: Earn a 15% off coupon.
The email and text alerts are mostly useful for updates on each new Daily Deal, while the Garden Club members will receive tips, special promotions, and the occasional freebie.
All of these coupons will be delivered to you via email, except for the text sign-up coupon (that one goes to your phone). Your coupon for completing a Home Depot workshop will be delivered to whichever email address you used to sign up. Remember, these workshops have been online only ever since 2020.
5. Shop kitchen appliances early during Home Depot’s Black Friday sale and save 25–40%.
Home Depot has other sales throughout the year, like Spring Black Friday, and Memorial Day. But you can get the best deals during early Black Friday, for savings of 25% to 43% on certain brands like Samsung and GE. Here are a couple of deals we loved in 2021:
Buy 1 Samsung 28.2 cubic feet 4-Door French Door refrigerator (
reg. $1999) $1298 Black Friday sale price
Compare to the sale price of $1699, or 15% off during Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday
Buy 1 GE Over-the-Range Microwave (
reg. $309) $228 Black Friday sale price
Compare to the sale price of $250, or 19% off during Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday
Since Home Depot Black Friday prices start Nov. 7 and run through Cyber Week, there’s no need to wait until actual Black Friday to save money.
TIP: If you buy appliances during Home Depot Black Friday, be sure to check for rebates at The Home Depot Rebate center that can help you save more.
6. Skip small kitchen appliances during Home Depot’s Black Friday sale.
Skip buying small appliances like a KitchenAid stand mixer or air fryer. Although the Home Depot Black Friday ad may include sale prices on these items, you’re better off shopping at stores like Kohl’s or Target.
Buy 1 KitchenAid Classic 4.5-quart stand mixer (
reg. $259) $189 sale price or 27% off
Compare to Kohl’s KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart stand mixer (reg. $379.99) $279.99 sale price
Final price: $279.99, plus $75 Kohl’s Cash (making it only $15 more than Home Depot’s Black Friday price)
Compare to Target’s KitchenAid Professional 5-quart stand mixer (
reg. $449.99) $199.99 sale price Use RedCard for 5% off
Final price: $189.99 or $1 more than Home Depot’s Black Friday price
7. Wait for Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday or Memorial Day sales for mulch, patio items, and paint.
Buy mulch, flowers, and basic vegetable planters during Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday sale, because they don’t typically mark these types of items down during Black Friday.
For paint, patio furniture, and patio pavers, you’re better off shopping during three-day weekend sales like Memorial Day, Presidents’ Day, and Fourth of July. Plan ahead to save around $5 per gallon and 30% on exterior paints. Paint doesn’t even make Home Depot’s Black Friday ad.
8. Home Depot doesn’t offer a Price Match Guarantee during Black Friday.
Home Depot doesn’t price match their competitors’ Black Friday sale prices.
9. Get fresh Home Depot Christmas trees delivered for free during Home Depot’s Black Friday sale.
10. Get free shipping on Home Depot Black Friday orders over $45.
You’ll get Home Depot free shipping on all orders over $45 with two-day delivery. This won’t apply to everything, so you won’t get free shipping on gift cards or anything with size/weight restrictions.
There’s also free standard delivery on all appliances $396 and more.
11. Use the Home Depot app to plan your in-store Black Friday shopping route before you shop.
Instead of wasting time searching for items in store during the Black Friday sale at Home Depot, use the HD app to check inventory and locate the aisle and bay (shelf) where you can find the stuff you want.
TIP: Search by voice or image in The Home Depot app and save even more time.
12. Keep your Home Depot receipt — you’ll need it for any Home Depot return.
Home Depot allows up to to 90 days after your purchase — but only 30 days if you’re returning furniture, area rugs, gas powered equipment, generators, and consumer electronics.
In 2021, Home Depot updated their return policy to require a receipt or proof of purchase for any return. If you lost your receipt, they’ll be able to locate purchases made with a credit or debit card, or even a check — but only within 30 days of your purchase. They also only accept new and unopened items (with exceptions for damaged/defective merchandise).
If you have a Home Depot credit card, you don’t need your receipt; they can track down your purchases for up to a year.
The smallest return window applies to anyone looking to return a major appliance (think: refrigerators, washers, dryers, or even some microwaves). You’ll only have 48 hours after you leave the store or get it delivered to identify any damage or defects and make your return.
PRO TIP: Fill out this survey using the code and password on the bottom of your Home Depot receipt for a chance to win $5,000. It’s a few questions about your shopping experience, and Home Depot will randomly select one survey-taker four times a year.
13. Save 1 – 4% on Home Depot gift cards from Raise.com.
Check out Raise if you’re looking to grab Home Depot gift cards on the cheap. Raise sells full-value gift cards for a discounted price, so your savings on the gift card are built into whatever you use it on.
At Home Depot, expect anywhere from 1 – 4% off the normal price.
14. Get 4% cash back when you shop HomeDepot.com with Ibotta.
If you’re planning on making some big purchases, definitely take advantage of Home Depot rebates. You can currently grab 4% cash back on online orders through Ibotta.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ibotta, it’s easy to use. You’ll have to create an account, but from there you simply search “Home Depot” from Ibotta’s homepage. Then click on the Home Depot link, and anything you buy will earn you cash back.
And hey, 4% might not sound like much, but it’ll at least cover your sales tax for a major purchase.
What are you looking to buy from Home Depot this Black Friday? Let me know in the comments below.