Shopping Target Black Friday is always a good idea, especially since it can be done from home.

Top retailers like Target, Amazon, and Walmart are constantly changing prices to compete with each other. In 2021, Amazon’s prices changed to match Target’s about an hour after Target’s deals went live. Target offers multiple ads, deals that available online, an extra 5% off with a RedCard, and price matching.

OK, let’s get into it. For up-to-the-minute updates once deals go live, download the KCL app or bookmark KCL’s Target deals page.

1. Expect the Target Black Friday ad to drop on November 13, 2022.

Over the past two years, the Target Black Friday ad has been released on a Sunday, two weeks before Thanksgiving. Expect two sales during Black Friday at Target in 2022.

Ad #1 typically includes week-long deals, and ad #2 will likely include Target’s Black Friday 3-Day Sale. Here are predicted release dates:

  • Ad #1, Nov. 20 – 26 (Sunday – Saturday deals)
  • Ad #2, Nov. 24 – 26 (Thanksgiving – Saturday deals)

2. Target will be closed on Thanksgiving 2022.

I predict that Target will once again be closed for Thanksgiving 2022. The year 2020 changed a lot of the norms for companies, and many stuck with those new norms into 2021. In 2020, Target closed stores on Thanksgiving for the first time due to the Coronavirus. Prior to 2020, Target used to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

3. What time does Target open on Black Friday?

On Thanksgiving, Target will open its doors at 7 a.m. From Thanksgiving until Christmas, you’ll see Target extend their opening hours, with some locations staying open all the way till midnight. The first Black Friday Target ad, which begins on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, will begin online between midnight and 2 a.m. Central Time.

4. All the same Target Black Friday deals will be available online.

Everything that’s on sale in stores is also on sale at Target.com, so you don’t need to bother going into the store. Deals will be available online and in the app at midnight Central Time on Thanksgiving.

In 2020 and 2021, Target doorbusters were available online. No more waiting in line for hours and hours to get the best deals. Target did offer a giant teddy bear for $10 which was the only “Special Purchase” (code for “Doorbuster”) deal that required going into the store.

Rather than braving the crowds, you can stay in your pj’s and choose from the following options to receive your Target.com Black Friday order:

5. Get a RedCard for an extra 5% off Target Black Friday sales and coupons.

R.I.P. Target Black Friday early access deals for RedCard holders. In years prior to 2020, Target offered early and smokin’ hot Black Friday prices to RedCard holders. If you were quick, you could get access to Nintendo products, uber-cheap Beats, and more.

No longer. But RedCard savings are still with us, and when you consider brands that normally don’t offer steep discounts (like Apple), that 5% savings at the register comes in handy. (Keep reading below for more about how to save on Apple at Target.)

Sign up for a RedCard right now and learn more ways Target RedCard is worth your time.

 

 

6. Or sign up for Target Circle to get 1% back on all your Black Friday purchases.

Target Circle is a free loyalty program that gives you 1% back on most items, which you can then spend on future purchases.

The only bummer is that you can’t get both the 5% back from Target RedCard and the 1% back from Target Circle — it’s one or the other. My vote for you is the RedCard, but if you’re not able to go that way, definitely sign up for Target Circle.

7. Save big on Apple with a Target gift card promotion.

In 2021, the Target gift card promotion was a free $15 Target gift card when you bought $100 in Apple gift cards. When you combined this deal with your Target RedCard savings, you could score 19% savings on Apple gift cards — that’s a lot! It’s like paying $81 to get $100 at Apple.

Here’s how it worked out:

ONLINE Deal
Buy 1 Apple Gift Card, $100.00 reg. price
  • Spend $100 on Apple gift cards, receive $15 Target gift card
Pay $96.00, receive $15 Target gift card
$81.00 $100.00 (Save 19% | $19.00)
Deal expires Apr 22, 2024

TIP: You can only spend $1,000 in one transaction with your RedCard. So when you’re going for that 5% discount on an iPhone and an iPad, separate them into two transactions.

8. The Target gift card sale will save you 10% after Black Friday.

“I hate Target gift cards,” said no one ever.

In 2021, Target offered 10% off store gift cards for two days only (Dec. 4 – 5). When you bought any Target gift card for $10 – $500, you kept 10% in your pocket. That’s like getting a $100 Target gift card for only $90.

This Target gift card sale was an exclusive Target Circle offer. You could purchase them in stores or online.

TIP: Buy as many gift cards as your budget allows, and use them for Target holiday shopping and for your Target trips throughout the year.

9. Focus on Target deals for Beats, Graco, pajamas, makeup, and holiday trees.

If you’re planning to shop Target Black Friday or Cyber Monday, make sure you grab the best Target Black Friday deals.

Watch for these deals:

Beats headphones

Year over year, Target has proven to be the go-to place for Beats headphones, offering at least $100 off in 2020 and 2021, so expect to see these savings again in 2022.

See all Beats deals.

Nintendo Switch

As with most gaming systems, these will be the same price at all big retailers. However, when you shop at Target and pay with your RedCard, you’ll save an extra 5%, making it a better price than the other stores — except for Kohl’s, which gives you Kohl’s Cash. Nintendo Switch can sell out quickly if it’s a special edition, so if you see it at Target, use your RedCard and buy it.

See all Nintendo deals.

Apple Watch

Like Nintendo Switch bundles, Apple Watches will be the same price everywhere. You can look for deals on prior models. In 2021, the Apple Watch Series 3 was on sale for $161.49 (regularly $199.99). If you’re looking to get the newest model Apple Watch, you can get that extra 5% savings at Target with a RedCard.

See all Apple deals.

Coffee makers

Be on the lookout for the hottest deals on Mr. Coffee, Nespresso, Keurig, and more at Target. Kohl’s also offers good coffee maker deals on brands like Keurig, but I only saw two Keurig deals compared to eight at Target last year, all of which hovered around the 50% off mark. In 2021, we saw a Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker for $47.49 (regularly $89.99).

See all coffee maker deals.

Family Christmas pajamas

In 2021, Christmas pajamas were only $9.50 a set for babies, toddlers, and kids. They were $15 for adults. Plus, inventory was strong.

See all pajama deals.

 

 

10. Skip Target Black Friday deals on vacuums, Fitbit, and small kitchen appliances.

Listen, as much as it pains me to say it, Target isn’t always the best place to shop for everything. Here are the items you might skip at Target this holiday season:

Small kitchen appliances

Macy’s will have these for as low as $7.99 after a rebate.

See all kitchen appliance deals.

Fitbit watches

Kohl’s usually has the same sale prices as Target, plus the addition of Kohl’s Cash, for a total price about $10 lower than Target’s.

See all Fitbit deals.

Vacuums

Once again, Kohl’s will have similar prices but sweeten the deals with pockets full of Kohl’s Cash.

See all vacuum deals.

Want the tips to save at Kohl’s on Black Friday?

11. Watch out for a Target Circle Black Friday coupon for 25% off one toy.

During Target Black Friday 2020 and 2021, they offered a Circle discount for 25% off one toy. You could find it in the Target Circle offers tab or at the top of your wallet in the Target app. This offer could be stacked with sales and other promotions.

Plan to see this again this year.

TIP: If you’re shopping for Target toys in person, make sure you walk the whole store, as toys are on display everywhere. Holiday and Black Friday exclusive toys will be on aisle endcaps.

See all the available toy deals.

12. Target may offer Black Friday price matching, same as in 2021.

Typically, all price matching and adjusting is turned off during Target Black Friday. But in 2021, holiday price matching was allowed Oct. 10 – Dec. 24. Then, on top of that, Target offered price matching with any competitor for 14 days after your purchase, even during Black Friday.

This is huge. The top retailers like Target, Amazon, and Walmart are already trying to match each other’s prices during Black Friday, so you may not see big differences in prices to start. For this reason, look to price match smaller retailers too.

If you’re shopping in stores, you can ask for an adjustment to match a competitor’s price. Most stores will let you price match right at the register, but for big price differences you may need to go to customer service. Larger price differences require supervisor approval. For online purchases, call Guest Services at (800) 591-3869 to get the price difference credited back.

We’ve got everything you need to know about the Target price matching policy.

TIP: Use the Amazon app to compare Target’s price against Amazon’s. (Use the ShopSavvy app to compare Target against other retailers.)

13. Yay for Target Black Friday price adjusting, but prices in 2021 didn’t really drop.

While price matching is great, Target’s price adjustment policy isn’t all that useful during Black Friday. Deals that showed up in later weeks of the sale either had the same price as before or the sale was actually worse. And prices didn’t really seem to drop in December. My advice? Just buy the item when you first see a price you can live with, and hope for a price drop but don’t expect one.

Starting in November, deals will begin to roll out. At the start of November 2021, Target offered a KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Stand Mixer for $219.99 (regularly $429.99). This was cheaper than the sale price available during Cyber Monday by $20.

14. Buy Target deals when you can save 50%, but aim for more like 60%.

Expect to save about 50% on retail prices on these items and brands during Target Black Friday:

  • Beats
  • Google Home
  • HP
  • Instax
  • Select Nintendo games
  • Games and puzzles
  • Black + Decker
  • Select Disney toys
  • Select LOL Surprise toys
  • Select luggage
  • Graco car seats
  • VTech baby monitors
  • Select women’s sweaters
  • Kids’ & women’s boots
  • Men’s, women’s, and kids’ puffer coats
  • Family pajama sets
  • Throw blankets
  • Rubbermaid & Pyrex
  • KitchenAid
  • Air fryers
  • Keurig
  • Select small kitchen appliances
  • Holiday decor

15. Don’t miss Target’s Cyber Monday (Sunday) sale.

In 2021, Target Cyber Monday deals began at 3 a.m. ET on Sunday and lasted through Monday. We tend to see major savings on Crock-Pots, home goods, fitness gear, and electronics. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I am normally fully done with my gift shopping.

Best Target Cyber Monday Deals for 2021

Sunday – Monday

  • Up to 60% off video games for Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation
  • Up to 50% off headphones from Bose, Beats, and more
  • Up to 50% off select home furniture
  • Up to 40% off select bedding and bath
  • Up to $60 off Apple Watch and AirPods
  • 30% off select apparel and accessories
  • Up to 25% off TVs from LG, Samsung, Vizio, and more

Monday Only

  • Up to 25% off select beauty
  • Up to 25% off select vitamins and nutrition items, vaporizers, humidifiers, and essential oils/diffusers
  • Extra 15% off small appliances

 

 

16. Expect the 2022 Target Toy Book in October.

The Target toy catalog should be in your mailbox around October. If you don’t find one in your mailbox, these toy books will be available in stores around mid to late October. Find them at the front of the store by Guest Services as well as throughout the aisles.

Target’s Top Toys for 2021 list highlighted exclusives and collaborations with toy companies like Disney, LOL Surprise, PAW Patrol, and Barbie.

Target, Amazon, and Walmart are all battling for your money when it comes to toys, so it’s a perfect opportunity to use the Target Black Friday price matching policy in your favor for any non-exclusive toys. That, along with your Circle offer for 25% off toys and 5% off with your RedCard, will get you a lower price on toys than Walmart or Amazon can offer.

17. Use BrickSeek to check Target Black Friday inventory if you’re shopping in stores.

Use the BrickSeek app if your local store is out of an item. BrickSeek tells you which other Target stores in your area have the item in stock.

What is BrickSeek? It’s a free app and website that reports store inventory by DPCI (department/class/item) or UPC (universal product code) at Target, Walmart, Lowe’s, and other retailers.

To use it, enter your item’s DPCI or UPC, and you’ll see what local Target stores still have the item in stock. If you don’t have the DCPI or UPC for your product, you can also look it up by name in the search bar.

Here’s everything you need to know about using BrickSeek to track Target’s inventory.

18. Use Target’s Buy Now Pay Later options to pay off your gifts before the holidays.

Whether you shop online or in stores, you can purchase your Target gifts and pay later using either Affirm or Sezzle. But we don’t recommend Affirm, as they can charge fees of up to 30% of the purchase price.

Sezzle decides your purchase limit based on your history with them, doesn’t run a credit check, doesn’t charge fees, and splits your total into four payments over six weeks: 25% day of, then 25% every two weeks until it’s paid off. There’s no fee if you pay it off on time. You can also get a Sezzle Card that you can use at any retailer, as it’s like a Visa but not a credit card.

19. Finally, don’t forget to hit up Target’s after-Christmas clearance for 70% – 90% off.

Target clearance is some of the best clearance out there. The day after Christmas head straight for Target to save 70% on toys, baby items, and all Target-owned brands. I recommend the Target makeup beauty sets, which you can break out of the holiday packaging and gift throughout the year. The sales get better the farther away from the holidays you get, like up to 90% off, which is great, but by then everything is pretty picked over, so don’t wait too long.

Good luck and happy shopping!

Target Black Friday 2022 Store Guide to Save You the Most Money