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Ever since 2020, Lowe’s Black Friday has easily been the longest sale that Lowe’s puts on all year long. In 2021, Lowe’s Black Friday had three phases:

  1. Season of Savings: Begins in October and includes online-only deals that change each day
  2. Pre-Black Friday: Starts the Thursday before Thanksgiving with a mix of online and in-store deals
  3. Black Friday: Starts the day after Thanksgiving and runs all weekend long with a mix of in-store exclusives and online deals

That extra time makes things a little complicated, but I dug through a few years’ worth of sales data and found a simple way to maximize your savings. In short: The best deals of the season have still been the ones Lowe’s drops over actual Black Friday weekend.

The full picture’s a bit more complex than that, and I’ve done my best to simplify it below. But before you read on, be sure to download the Krazy Coupon Lady app and “favorite” Lowe’s for the best tips and deals.

 

1. Lowe’s Black Friday sale has three phases that start in late October.

Graphic showing Black Friday sale start dates for 2019, 2020, and 2021

Black Friday at Lowe’s used to start no earlier than Thanksgiving Day. That changed in 2020, when Lowe’s included Black Friday deals in what they called a “Season of Savings” sale that began Oct. 22.

In 2021, Lowe’s Seasons of Savings started a little bit later on Oct. 28, but still featured Black Friday deals on large appliances, which were 15 – 22% off regular price. Lowe’s then moved into their Pre-Black Friday sale Nov. 18 – 25.

But if you aren’t shopping for large appliances, the best strategy is to wait for the third phase of Lowe’s Black Friday, a weeklong sale that starts on Thanksgiving and features the best sales on tools, Christmas trees and decor, plus doorbuster sales on poinsettias ($1.50!) and wreaths.

 

2. Lowe’s online Black Friday 2022 deals are expected to start by Halloween this year.

A black friday ad in front of Lowes

As you can see, Lowe’s hasn’t had much consistency over the past three years with their Black Friday sales start dates, which means making exact predictions is a little bit tougher.

But in 2020 and 2021, Lowe’s ran online-only daily deals (called “cyber steals”) starting in October and lasting through November.

In both years, Lowe’s made sure to get the word out through press releases and ad drops around Oct. 20. So we should know for sure what to expect about a week before Halloween.

PRO TIP: One thing you shouldn’t expect from Lowe’s? Free shipping. In 2021 and 2020, online shoppers still needed to meet the $45 minimum to earn free shipping.

 

3. The best Lowe’s Black Friday deals are their post- Thanksgiving doorbusters.

Poinsettias at Lowes

The only reason to shop in stores during Lowe’s Black Friday is if you’re looking for doorbuster deals that are only available on actual Black Friday. This is when we’ve seen the best deals on holiday items like poinsettias (we’ve seen one-quart poinsettias go for $1.50).

Black Friday weekend at Lowe’s was also when we saw the biggest savings on tool packages and Christmas trees (more on those deals below).

 

4. You can get a Lowe’s price adjustment up to 30 days after your Black Friday purchase.

Lowes register with sign saying get it installed need help register desk

If you’re planning to buy a large appliance or simply don’t want to battle the crowds at Lowe’s during Black Friday weekend, then I have good news: Lowe’s will make price adjustments on any purchase you bought up to 30 days after your Black Friday purchase.

Getting a price adjustment is pretty simple, so long as you keep your receipt or pay with a credit card (Lowe’s can look up past purchases with your card number).

All you need to do is show a Lowe’s manager proof that what you originally paid for an item is more expensive than its current price at Lowe’s. Proof can be an ad printout or photo showing the lower price.

 

5. Lowe’s price match, on the other hand, won’t work during Black Friday.

A cell phone displaying The Home Depot app, held on top of a Lowe's weekly advertisement.

Lowe’s explicitly states in their price match policy that they won’t match seasonal sale prices from other retailers. And it doesn’t get more seasonal than Black Friday.

 

 

6. Your Lowe’s discounts won’t help much during Black Friday — Lowe’s prohibits coupon stacking.

lowes checkout

Lowe’s offers military veterans and their own employees 10% off everything in the store, every day. But during Black Friday, those discounts aren’t really going to make an impact.

That’s because Lowe’s discounts only apply to regularly priced items. And trust me, if the Black Friday deal you’re seeing is less than 10% off regular price — it’s not really a deal.

Speaking of true deals, these are the prices you should be watching for during Lowe’s 2022 Black Friday sale — they’re the best prices we saw in 2021.

 

7. Lowe’s 2-quart poinsettias drop to $5 each year during Black Friday.

someone holding a poinsettia at lowes

Some of the best value we saw on holiday decor in 2020 and 2021 was on actual Black Friday and in stores only at Lowe’s. That’s when we found two-quart poinsettias for $5 each (reg. $10).

Like I mentioned above, Lowe’s also sold one-quart poinsettias for $0.88 each, in-stores only.

 

8. Lowe’s DeWalt tools were BOGO free during Black Friday week.

dewalt tools in cart

In 2021 Lowe’s ran a BOGO free DeWalt tool sale during the week of Black Friday. (The free tool you’d get had to have a value of $199 or less.)

Although this deal ran as early as three weeks before Black Friday, I found that it applied to a larger amount of DeWalt tools as we approached Thanksgiving week — including cordless saws, power tools, and blowers.

 

9. Save 65% on Lowe’s artificial Christmas trees during Black Friday 2021.

christmas decorations and christmas trees

For most of the holiday season in 2021, Lowe’s only had the best prices on artificial Christmas trees that were under 5′ tall.

But between Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021, they were selling pre-lit, 7.5′ artificial trees for $79.98 — that’s 65% off regular price. That’s right in line with the best prices we saw on similarly-sized trees.

By the way, if you’re looking for info on the best artificial Christmas tree prices, you’ll need to check our guide highlighting the most affordable trees in any size.

 

10. Lowe’s wreaths were 2 for $20 over Black Friday weekend.

wreaths with price sign

Like the poinsettia deals, Lowe’s wreaths were a doorbuster deal that Lowe’s launched on actual Black Friday. I know the wreaths at my local store sold out quickly, so try to get to Lowe’s early if you’re trying to get this deal.

Buy 2 Fresh Fir Christmas Wreath $20, special value price
In store only
Final Price: $20, or $10 each

 

 

11. Lowe’s for Pros members enjoy exclusive Black Friday deals and freebies during PRO-vember.

Lowes 4 Pros screenshot

Lowe’s has a special “Lowe’s for Pros” membership for professionals who buy their tools and supplies from the warehouse. During the month of November, Lowe’s offers special tool deals to its Pro contractor members, which they call PRO-vember. Cute.

You’ll have to fill out a short form with your business and personal information to sign up, but once you do, you’ll have access to exclusive offerings, like these deals that ran from October through the holiday season:

  • Buy DeWalt 12-Volt Max XTREME 2-Tool Brushless Combo Kit, Get a Select DeWalt Bare Tool free
  • Save $100 on FLEX 6-Tool 24-Volt Lithium Ion Brushless Power Tool Combo Kit with Soft Case (reg. $649), $549 sale price
  • Save $80 on Little Giant Ladders Aluminum 22-ft Reach Telescoping Multi-Position Ladder (reg. $239), $159 sale price

(In years past I’ve seen Lowe’s give members a free bucket when they brought in a competitor’s bucket, but the best deal was 25% savings on a Metabo framing nailer, which was excluded from the Lowe’s Black Friday sale for non-PRO members.)

 

12. Get your Lowe’s Christmas tree — real or fake — delivered for free.

Holiday Living artificial Christmas tree boxes at Lowe's black friday event

No need to browse a Christmas tree lot or even browse Lowe’s selection of trees; the store will bring one directly to you with no delivery fee. Lowe’s announced in October 2021 that they would be stocked on real Christmas trees by mid-November.

But if you’re looking for an even deeper discount, then you’ll be in luck with artificial trees.

Artificial tree prices are only expected to rise as we get closer to Black Friday, so act quickly before that happens. We rounded up all of the best tree prices for the 2021 holiday season and found that Lowe’s had the best price on trees under five feet tall:

Buy 1 4-Foot Unlit Holiday Living Cashmere Tree with Burlap Base Unlit $24.98, regular price
​​Free store pickup
Final Price: $24.98

 

13. Return holiday items to Lowe’s before Dec. 26 — or else….

Return counter at Lowes

Lowe’s allows shoppers to get a full refund on most returns made within 90 days — even if you don’t have a receipt.

But, exceptions to the 90-day return policy include holiday items which must be returned during the current holiday (example: if you buy a wreath or an artificial tree during Black Friday, you only have until Dec. 26 to return it).

Let us know what you’re looking for from Lowe’s in the comments below! Thanks for reading.

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