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JCPenney and Black Friday go together like coupons and sales. Or PB&J. They’re just made for each other. But, if you want to really level up your JCPenney 2021 Black Friday shopping and save 80% on Cuisinart and small appliances, there’s one more money-saver you gotta mix in: mail-in rebates.

It’s easy. Find mail-in rebates online, and stack them with coupons and JCPenney’s Black Friday sale. I’ll show you how to find all of those below, as well as a few other products you should (or shouldn’t) look for at JCPenney during Black Friday 2021.

Here are our best shopping tips for the JCPenney Black Friday. And don’t forget to download the KCL app and bookmark KCL’s Black Friday Deals page and we’ll keep you up to date on all the deals you can expect to see this year.

 

1. The JCPenney 2021 Black Friday ad has dropped.

JCPenney released their 2021 Black Friday ad late in the evening on Halloween.

JCP’s Black Friday ad is always available in store. If you’ve signed up for JCPenney emails, they’ll mail the Black Friday ad to your address on file. You can also visit the JCPenney promo page, where you’ll see all ongoing JCPenney deals and promos.

Although JCPenney’s Black Friday hours and many of the deals look identical to what they offered in 2020, there are some key differences you need to know about their 2021 Black Friday event. Namely, you won’t be able to stack coupons with JCPenney Black Friday deals.

 

2. Don’t expect to use coupons on JCPenney’s 2021 Black Friday deals.

I was hoping to find a 30%-off coupon in the 2021 JCPenney Black Friday ad, which they included in the 2020 ad. Instead, one of the first messages from JCP on their Black Friday ad is that they’re excluding all Black Friday deals from their coupons in 2021. Ouch.

Fortunately, JCP is still offering massive savings through mail-in rebates, and they decided to beef up their Black Friday rewards for the 2021 season.

 

3. Sign up for JCPenney Rewards and earn $15 for every $50 spent during Black Friday 2021.

JCPenney is finally matching the Black Friday rewards offered at competitors like Kohl’s and Macy’s. In 2021, shoppers will earn $15 JCP Rewards for every $50 they spend. This means you should only do half of your JCPenney holiday shopping during Black Friday.

Make sure you sign up for JCPenney rewards by the third week of November. If you shop between Nov. 22 – Dec. 1, then you’ll qualify for the boosted rewards earnings. Then, you can redeem those rewards from Dec. 2 – Dec. 12 on the rest of your holiday purchases.

 

4. Enjoy Thanksgiving at home—JCPenney will open doors at 5 a.m. on Black Friday 2021.

Just like in 2020, JCPenney will be closed for Thanksgiving day, and they’ll open their doors on Black Friday at 5 a.m.

And that’s not where the similarities end. In 2021 JCPenney will again make almost all of their Black Friday deals available online, so you might not even need to leave your home to shop Black Friday at JCPenney.

 

5. Shop JCPenney Black Friday online—unless you need their Salon, Portrait or Optical services.

JCPenney mostly offers the same coupons for both online and in-store purchases. The exception? Services from JCPenney Salon, JCPenney Portrait, and JCPenney Optical. On the bright side, these services usually require an in-person visit, anyway.

In case you need another reason to stay home during Black Friday, though, remember that dodging JCPenney’s shipping cost is pretty easy during the holidays….

 

 

6. Ship to JCPenney stores for free during Black Friday if you spend over $25.

Although JCP only offers free shipping to those who spend at least $49.99, during Black Friday 2021 they’ll also allow free in-store pickup.

But you can also skip any shipping fees when you ship straight to JCPenney stores on orders over $25. You can also order same-day pickup on select items if your order is placed by 5 p.m, free of charge.

 

7. Stack rebates with JCPenney’s 2021 Black Friday sale and save 80% on Cooks products.

JCPenney has, for years, run mail-in rebate deals on a wide range of Cooks brand small kitchen appliances during their Black Friday sales. Find mail-in rebates available in your zip code by visiting JCP’s online Rebate Center.

One of the best mail-in rebates for 2021 is for $20 off the regular price of this 11-piece set of Cooks spatter cookware (reg. $200), which will already be 60% off during Black Friday. Stacking the rebate with the sale means you’ll save 80% and earn $15 in JCPenney rewards.

Buy 1 Cooks Spatter 11-Piece Cookware Set (reg. $200), $79.99 sale price
Buy 1, submit for $20 online or mail-in rebate
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Pay $79.99, submit for $20 rebate
Final Price: $59.99 plus $15 in JCPenney rewards.

You should also be able to find $10-off rebates on Black & Decker appliances, which can save you 78% on this Black & Decker 8-cup food processor :

Buy 1 Black & Dekcer 3-in-1 Easy Assembly 8-Cup Food Processor (reg. $85) $29.99, sale price
Buy 1, submit for $10 online or mail-in rebate, limit 1
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Pay $29.99, submit for $10 rebate
Final Price: $19.99

 

8. And do it again to save 80% on Cuisinart during JCPenney Black Friday.

At this point, you know the deal. Stack rebates and sale prices for maximum savings.

In 2020 and 2019 we spotted Cuisinart 12-piece knife sets for under $10, and it looks like we’ll see the same during JCPenney’s 2021 Black Friday sale.

Buy 1 Cuisinart Matte Black 12-Piece Cutlery Set (reg. $50.00) $31.42, sale price
Buy 1, submit for $14 online or mail-in rebate
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Pay $21.99, submit for $14 rebate
Final Price: $7.99

 

9. Save at least $100 on JCPenney diamond jewelry during Black Friday 2021.

Diamond rings, pendants and earrings dropped to $20 from $124.98 during JCPenney Black Friday in 2019 and 2020. In 2021 we are seeing identical savings:

Buy 1 Pair of Diamond Hoop Earrings 1/10 ct. (reg. $124.98) $19.99, sale price
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Final Price: $19.99

We’re also seeing just under 80% savings on pearl jewelry sets, like this package that includes one pearly necklace and a set of pearl earrings:

Buy 1 Lab Created White Cultured Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver Jewelry Set (reg. $124.98) $26.99, sale price
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Final Price: $26.99

 

 

10. Shop Macy’s—not JCPenney—on Black Friday for bedding sets and save 20% more.

Even with the boosted rewards for Black Friday 2021, JCPenney’s higher bedding prices mean the savvier, more cost-effective move is to shop bedding at Macy’s and earn Macy’s Money. That’s because JCP won’t allow shoppers to stack coupons on top of Black Friday sales in 2021.

For years we’ve seen 65 – 75% savings on JCPenney’s Home Expressions bedding sets during JCP Black Friday, but because we can’t use coupons on Black Friday sales, savings on those same sets are between 40 – 50% in 2021.

Instead, head to Macy’s, where we found 60% savings on an 8-piece bedding set from Macy’s that also earned us $10 in Macy’s Money. So this round goes to Macy’s.

Buy 1 Home Expressions Bedding Set With Sheets (reg. $67) $39.99, sale price
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Final Price: $39.99
Compare to Macy’s for $39.99 plus $10 in Macy’s Money

 

11. Don’t bother with toys at JCPenney—save 15 – 20% more at Target, instead.

In the past, JCPenney has discounted their toys to about 30% off during Black Friday. And that’s where JCP toy prices stay, unfortunately, because JCP excludes toys from their Black Friday coupons.

Target, on the other hand, lets you stack coupons and rewards on top of their toy sale prices. And that’s how we saw savings of 45 – 50% on toys at Target (when you use your RedCard) on items like this Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn table:

Buy 1 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around the Town Learning Table (reg. $42.99) $23.99, sale price
Use 25% Off – One Toy, Kids’ Book, or Craft Activity Kit, Target Mobile Coupon code
Use RedCard for 5% off
Free shipping
Final Price: $17.09
Compare to JCPenney at (reg. $39.99) $30, sale price

 

12. Shop the JCPenney Salon for shampoo and conditioner and save over $40 during Black Friday.

One of JCPenney’s hottest deals in 2020 and 2019 was on salon gift sets, which even beat out the prices at Ulta.

Some of the best value we’re seeing from JCPenney’s 2021 Black Friday sale include these Biolage (reg. $37) sets for $16.99 and Redken sets (reg. $25) for $12.99:

Buy 1 Redken Shampoo and Conditioner Gift Set (reg. $25) $12.99, sale price
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Final Price: $12.99
Compare to Ulta at $48

Buy 1 Matrix Shampoo and Conditioner Gift Set (reg. $37) $16.99, sale price
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free shipping to the store on orders over $25
Final Price: $12.99
Compare to Ulta at $35

 

13. But skip the Sephora inside JCPenney for Black Friday makeup deals.

There are fewer deals available at Sephora inside JCPenney than there are through Sephora.com. There tends to be even better deals on makeup when you shop at Ulta.com.

Plus: Sephora has offered free shipping for years, which I don’t expect to see from JCP.

 

14. Keep your receipt and get a refund from any JCPenney holiday returns.

You’ll have 90 days to return your holiday purchases to JCPenney if you made your purchase after Oct. 20. Just remember to bring your receipt, and you’ll be good for a full refund issued on the original form or payment (or a JCPenney Gift Card).

But even if your return is after 90 days, you can still get store credit if you have the receipt.

What are you looking for from JCPenney this Black Friday? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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