Black Friday 2020 sales might be over, but we’re still hunting for the best deals on all your wishlist items through the holidays. Bookmark this page and set a phone alert to check back here next year for the best Black Friday Target tips for 2021.
Below are some of our best Black Friday Target shopping tips. For live deals, visit our Target deals page.
Target’s Black Friday 2020 deals were off the hook.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a different kind of year. With the COVID-19 outbreak, Target had to adjust their typical plans to encourage social distancing, staying home, and staying safe while getting the deals on items you wanted.
With loads of special coupons and savings events, you could usually save up to 75% without leaving home.
1. Expect Target Black Friday 2020 deals all November long.
Target is doing a daily deal throughout the month of November — for toys and non-toy items. This is the first year we’ve seen Target release daily deals that aren’t just toys in November. Daily deals are available both in store and online and are while supplies last.
We’ll be covering Target daily deals through the Black Friday season so bookmark our Target deals page.
2. Study up on weekly Target Black Friday ads.
Look for a new Target Black Friday ad each Thursday as of Oct. 29. You’ll be able to preview the upcoming week’s Black Friday Now deals.
3. Target is going to be closed on Thanksgiving 2020.
For the first time in what seems like forever, Target will be closed on Thanksgiving day this year. You can still shop online this day, but no more post-turkey dinner strolls in the chaos.
4. Plan to shop Target Black Friday online and avoid going in store.
Most Target Black Friday deals — including doorbusters — can be found on Target.com. Avoid the crowds and shop in your own home!
5. Only go in store on Black Friday if you must have a Target Special Purchase Doorbuster.
There are usually one or two Special Purchase Doorbusters at Target during Black Friday. In 2019 it was a 65″ Roku Smart UHD Element TV for $279.99. Since it was a special Black Friday offering, there’s no regular price listed, but a comparable TV (TCL brand) retails for $749.99. Also, we saw Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundles for $299.99 (reg. $359.98) — 15% savings.
If these two items are on your Christmas shopping list, consider going in store. Otherwise, stay home and shop online!
6. There are five ways to get your Target Black Friday online orders home.
At more stores than ever, you can now choose one of five ways to get your Target goodies: in store, Order Pickup, Target Drive Up, Shipt same-day delivery, and two-day shipping. Also, as of earlier this fall, 20,000 more products (including fresh and frozen groceries) can be ordered for pickup or delivery services.
Learn more ways to save at Target without stepping foot inside in Target Grocery Pickup Coupon Hacks & Drive Up Savings Tips.
7. Going in store? Target is rolling out new safety measures.
This holiday season, Target will be introducing new safety measures in stores and in parking lots.
Instead of long checkout lines, expect faster transactions at the cash register. More Target team members will have handheld MyCheckout devices to help get you out the door faster. And you won’t have to touch the hand scanner at self-checkout anymore; just scan your Target Wallet barcode as you would any product you’re purchasing.
Also new this year is the option to make a shopping reservation. Go to Target.com/line to see if there’s a line outside your store and reserve a spot.
Target is also rolling out 8,000 additional parking spaces for Drive Up.
8. Get a Target RedCard for exclusive early access to deals and an additional 5% savings.
In 2017, 2018, and 2019, there have been a handful of hot TargetBlack Friday deals available 24 hours earlier for RedCard holders. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, starting at midnight (PT), RedCard shoppers could get a jump start on Black Friday deals.
But here’s the catch — you have to be fast because even though Target offers early access to RedCard holders, there are limited quantities available. When an item is gone, you’ll have to wait for Black Friday shopping to open online on Thursday.
We aren’t sure if this will be the case in 2020, but cardholders will still save 5% on every purchase and get exclusive coupons in the Target app.
Sign up for RedCard right now to be sure you’re set to participate.
9. Or, sign up for Target Circle and get 1% back on all your purchases.
Target Circle replaced Cartwheel in 2019, and gives you 1% back that can be spent on future purchases every time you shop.
The only bummer is that you can’t get 5% back from Target RedCard and 1% back from Target Circle — it’s one or the other.
But last year Circle members also got to hop in on the early action of Black Friday, just a few hours after it opened for RedCard holders. We aren’t 100% sure we will see this perk again in 2020, but we know that Circle members receive exclusive offers and savings year-round.
10. Focus on deals for Beats, Graco, pajamas, and holiday decor.
If you’re planning to shop Target Black Friday or Cyber Monday, watch for these deals:
Beats Headphones – $100 off
Target will always be the go-to place for Beats.
See all Beats deals.
Graco Car Seats – 50% off
If you missed out on the Target car seat trade-in event in September, Black Friday is the time to buy.
See all car seat deals.
Target WonderShop Holiday Decor
The Saturday and Sunday after Black Friday, Target typically offers a “$50 off a $100 purchase” on lights, trees, ornaments, stockings, gift wrap, and more. This will be the BEST time to buy a pre-lit Christmas tree because you can stack the “$50 off $100 purchase” promo with the sale prices. You’ll also find $5 Target Wondershop blankets; these are small, holiday-themed blankets that could be great stocking stuffers!
See all Christmas light and holiday decor deals.
Nintendo Switch Bundles
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.
See all Nintendo deals.
Like Nintendo Switch Bundles, Apple Watches will be the same price everywhere. But get that extra 5% savings at Target with a RedCard.
See all Apple deals.
Be on the lookout for the hottest deals on Mr. Coffee, Nespresso, Keurig, and more at Target.
See all coffee maker deals.
11. Skip Target Black Friday deals on vacuums, Fitbit, and small kitchen appliances.
Listen, as much as it pains us to say it, Target isn’t always the best place to shop. Here are the five items you shouldn’t buy at Target this holiday season:
Small kitchen appliances
Macy’s will have these for $7.99 after rebate.
See all kitchen appliance deals.
Kohl’s will usually have the same sale prices as Target + the addition of Kohl’s Cash.
See all Fitbit deals.
Once again, Kohl’s will have similar prices but sweeten the deals with pockets full of Kohl’s Cash.
See all vacuum deals.
12. Look for a “Spend $50 on Black Friday, get 20% off” coupon during December.
Super easy to do since you’re already planning to shop on Black Friday, right?
The coupon is good from Dec. 3-14.
13. Look for gift card promos and use the gift cards to finish your list.
“I hate Target gift cards” — said no one ever.
Look for opportunities to earn gift cards when you buy certain items, and then use them to finish your Christmas shopping even after Black Friday is over.
For example, in 2019 there was a $200 Target gift card with an iPhone 11 Pro Max purchase. Also, Target will still be running grocery deals during this time so expect to still see diaper deals and laundry care savings.
14. Look for a mobile Target coupon for 25% off one toy when you text TOY to 827438.
This Target coupon is available and valid from the end of October to the week before Thanksgiving.
In fact, Target releases its Holiday Toys ad about two weeks before the full Black Friday ad, and in 2019 we found better prices on toys overall during this time because of the coupon.
See a good deal on a toy at Target before Black Friday? If you can use this coupon, you can feel good about pulling the trigger.
15. Buy when you can save 50%, but aim for more like 60% savings.
To save the most money at Target during Black Friday, factor in your 5% RedCard savings and gift card promo savings.
Expect to save about 50% off retail on these items and brands:
- Google Home
- Amazon Fire
- Amazon Echo
- Select Nintendo games
- Games and puzzles
- Black & Decker
- Select Disney toys
- Select luggage
- Graco car seats
- Select women’s sweaters
- Kids’ & women’s boots
- Men’s, women’s and kids’ puffer coats
- Family pajama sets
- Throw blankets
- Select vacuums
- Rubbermaid & Pyrex
- Air fryers
- Select small kitchen appliances
- Holiday decor
- Select TVs
16. Don’t discount Target Cyber Monday!
In 2019, we saw $85 Chromebooks (11.6″) and Christmas trees for $50 (reg. $200, on sale for $100. Use a 50 off $100 coupon!).
Target offered an additional 15% off kitchen appliance purchases online, making brands like KitchenAid competitively priced!
17. Target’s Holiday Toy ad shows up early — with exclusives.
The Target Toy Book for 2020 is here! There are over 600 toys exclusive to Target for the holiday season — wowza! Inside the toy book, you’ll also find a free $5 Target gift card with toy purchase offer. There’s also a “25% off any toy” coupon in the Target Circle app. See all the toy deals.
18. Plan to price match Target in-store and online prices during Black Friday — for the first time ever!
While we are expecting to see hot deals at every retailer this season, Target typically has a ban on price-matching from Thanksgiving Day through the entire week after Thanksgiving.
But this year, plan on price matching Target.com if you shop in store. According to Target, “For Black Friday deal purchases made between November 1 – 28, 2020 you’ll qualify for a price adjustment if the Target store or Target.com price goes down any time on or before December 24, 2020.”
Normally, you’d have 14 days to request a Target price adjustment, but Target will waive that rule this year.
After Dec.3, feel free to ask for a competitor’s price as long as you can prove the price on another store’s website. To do this, you must shop in store. Check out how to price match at Target.
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