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 Walmart tips for 2021.
Below are some of our best 2020 shopping tips. For live deals, visit our Walmart deals page.
If I could only shop Black Friday deals at one store, Walmart would be my pick, no question about it!
Most of the Walmart Black Friday 2020 deals will be available online. If you just can’t pass up those in-store deals, get ready for longer-than-usual lines, as Walmart will limit the number of customers inside the store at a given time, due to social distancing.
Ready to start planning? Check out the Walmart Black Friday 2020 Ad — released Oct. 19!
Here are our best tips for shopping the best Walmart Black Friday sales:
1. Shop three new sales events in November: Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days.
On Oct. 14, Walmart announced their brand new Black Friday campaign, Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days. Instead of a couple days of sales surrounding Black Friday, Walmart will release deals throughout November. Each of the three savings events will start on Walmart.com and continue in Walmart stores.
Here’s what you can look forward to:
Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days: Event 1
Deals Start: online Nov. 4, in store Nov. 7
Get Deals On: toys, electronics and home products
- Onn. brand 42-inch UHD Roku TV – $88 (reg. $178)
- Hotel Style bath towels – $5 (reg. $10.84)
- Magic Bullet Blender – $15 (reg. $22.96)
- New Bright 1:6 scale RC Truck – $40 (reg. $90)
Walmart will also be holding their annual Tire Event online and in stores, Nov. 7-13. Shoppers can save $20 off per Goodyear tire and free lifetime balance service.
Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days: Event 2
Deals Start: online Nov. 11, in store Nov. 14
Get Deals On: electronics, movies, apparel and home products
Walmart will also be hosting its biggest wireless phone event in stores and online on Nov. 14. Look for deals on iPhone and Samsung phones.
Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days: Event 3
Deals Start: online Nov. 25, in store Nov. 27
- Online deals start Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET
- Black Friday deals start online at 12:00 a.m. ET and in stores at 5:00 a.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 27
Get Deals On: electronics, toys, apparel, home and holiday decor
2. Shop Walmart video game deals before Black Friday.
Last year, Walmart kicked off Black Friday week with a Video Games Event on Walmart.com. The sale started on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9:00 p.m. PT and lasted through Cyber Monday.
During the sale customers saved $100 on select PlayStation 4 and Xbox video game console bundles, same prices listed on the Black Friday ad.
3. Special Buy Doorbusters are sure to sell out online.
When Walmart gets a “deal” on a product, or a deep discount from a manufacturer, they pass the savings to their customers and that product is labeled as a “Special Buy.” Special Buys are available online and in stores, but usually sell out very quickly, especially online.
If you’re after a 50″ TV for just $148 or a $20 The Pioneer Woman Slow Cooker, make sure to shop Walmart Black Friday online as soon as the deals go live at 7:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 25.
If they’re sold out online, head over to the store, but you’ll have to wait until Black Friday morning because…
4. Walmart stores won’t be open on Thanksgiving.
For the first time since the late 1980s, Walmart stores nationwide won’t open on Thanksgiving night.
Instead of going to the store after Thanksgiving dinner, spend time with your family…or putting together a game plan for Black Friday morning.
5. Set your alarm and prepare for new social distancing measures if you’re shopping in store.
Walmart Black Friday 2020 will start at 5:00 a.m. local time for in-store shopping on Nov. 27.
Shoppers are expected to line up in single file before they enter the store and Walmart will limit the number of people allowed inside. Walmart “Health Ambassadors” will hand out sanitized carts and enforce face-mask wearing inside the store. Customers will also be directed to shop down the right-hand side of aisles to reduce congestion and promote social distancing
Make sure to download the KCL app and make Walmart one of your favorite stores so it will be front and center in your newsfeed.
6. Only go in store for $5 toys and pajamas.
Every year, some of Walmart Special Buys are only available in stores.
Walmart Black Friday 2019 deals included:
- $1.60 bath towels
- $5 or less kids’ pajama sets, sleep & plays, and slippers
- $5 Melissa & Doug puzzles, Paw Patrol vehicles, and Barbie dolls
- $5 Fisher-Price baby toys
- $7 Rubbermaid storage sets
- $144 BouncePro trampoline
7. Use Brickseek to check inventory at all Walmart stores in your area.
If the deal you want is sold out online and at your nearest Walmart location, use Brickseek to check the inventory at other Walmart stores in your area.
Simply enter the SKU number of the product and your zip code into Brickseek to find out what store location has it in stock. Note that Brickseek isn’t 100% accurate.
Tip: the SKU number is usually a nine-digit number found at the end of all Walmart.com links. For example, the SKU number for this The Pioneer Woman Instant Pot is 902669781.
8. Walmart Black Friday is the best place to shop for TVs and toys.
Walmart is the go-to place for cheap TVs and toys — whether you’re shopping online or in store. Shoot for 40-50% savings when shopping for TVs.
In 2019, Walmart customers scored a variety of TV deals, including:
- $278 Philips 65″ 4K Android Smart TV (reg. $499)
- $148 onn. 50″ 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (reg. $298)
- $98 onn. 40″ Roku Smart TV (reg. $169)
Other noteworthy deals:
- $15 NERF, Baby Alive, and Paw Patrol Vehicle Set
- $25 Mini-Trampoline and Hot Wheels 50-Car Set
- $40 Disney Frozen II Fold & Go Arendelle Castle
- $89 Hoverboard
9. 35% is the highest savings you’ll find on Apple products.
Apple rarely discounts their merchandise, so even a 25% savings is considered a great deal. Expect to find 20% savings on Apple AirPods, 25% savings on Apple iPads, and get older versions of the Apple iPhone for up to 35% off.
In 2019, Walmart had the Prepaid Straight Talk Apple iPhone 6s 32GB Smartphone for $99.
Customers shopping for newer models scored a $450 Walmart eGift card with activation and purchase on installment of the iPhone XS with an eligible phone trade-in. Taking advantage of gift card promotions is one of the best ways to save money on the iPhone.
RELATED: Find out how to save on Apple the rest of the year.
10. Watch for new video game releases.
Video game consoles have been very popular this year since people have been staying at home. In 2020, we have two new additions to the video game world: the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 are being released in time for the holidays.
If they’re on your list, keep an eye out for preorders and snag them as soon as they’re available or you’ll risk having to hunt them down like many customers have been doing with the Nintendo Switch for months.
But if you’re looking for a “deal” on those consoles…
11. Don’t buy Nintendo, Xbox, or Playstation at Walmart — shop at Kohl’s instead.
Video game consoles like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and Playstation won’t dip below their base sale prices at most retailers, even during Black Friday.
You’ll usually see the the basic Xbox and the Playstation bundles priced at around $149-$199 at Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and Kohl’s, while Nintendo Switch bundles will be in the $299-$319.99 range.
But if you shop at Kohl’s you’ll receive $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, making Kohl’s the best place to shop for video games.
In 2019, shoppers scored:
- $200 PS4 Fortnite Gaming Bundle + $70 Kohl’s Cash
- $200 Xbox One S Star Wars Bundle + $70 Kohl’s Cash
- $320 Nintendo Switch Bundle + $105 Kohl’s Cash
12. You’ll only find The Pioneer Woman deals at Walmart.
The Pioneer Woman collection is available exclusively at Walmart. This year, shoppers can expect to find deals similar to last year’s Walmart Black Friday: $20 The Pioneer Woman Slow Cookers, $20 The Pioneer Woman Cutlery Sets, and $69 The Pioneer Woman 24-Piece Cookware Sets.
Also keep an eye out for deals on The Pioneer Woman kitchen appliances like the reader-favorite The Pioneer Instant Pot.
Check out all The Pioneer Woman deals.
13. Shop early — you can’t get a rain check during Walmart Black Friday.
In the past, select items were offered with a “One-Hour In-Stock Guarantee”, meaning that if the eligible items sold out within the first hour of the store being open, customers who arrived at the store during that time would receive a wristband that basically worked as a rain check.
Now, the Walmart Black Friday ad clearly states that all items are available in limited quantities, while supplies last — no rain checks will be given.
14. Use color-coded zone maps to navigate the store.
Items are rarely where they normally are during Black Friday.
In 2019, Walmart upped their color-coding game in their app, making it totally interactive. Not only have they color-mapped out the whole store so shoppers can find what they want more easily, they’ve also made it easy to find specific products. Just tap the product you want and the app drops a pin on the exact aisle where that product is located!
- Purple = Electronics
- Green = Toys
- Blue = Apparel
- Orange = General Merchandise
- Pink = Home
15. Don’t bother trying to price match with Walmart.com.
Price-matching doesn’t exist in most stores on Black Friday. At Walmart, they won’t even match their own website’s prices in store like they normally do.
16. Shop Walmart Black Friday online and use in-store or new curbside pickup to avoid shipping fees.
When shopping Walmart Black Friday online, receive free shipping to your home on orders of $35 or more. If you’re spending less than $35, select free store pickup whenever possible to avoid paying a $5.99 shipping fee.
And, starting in 2020, Walmart will be offering another option for shoppers to pick up their Black Friday orders: contact-free curbside pickup.
17. Mix and match store pickup and ship-to-home items to reach the $35 free shipping minimum.
In order to receive free shipping, your Walmart.com order total must be at least $35 — that’s a fact. But that doesn’t mean that all items you’re buying must be shipped to your home. The $35 minimum can be met with a mix of ship-to-home and store pickup items.
When shopping online, some products are actually not eligible for shipping, and only available for store pickup (dependent on local inventory). On the flip-side some items are only available for delivery.
If the product you want to be shipped to your home is $10, you could also buy an extra $25 worth of products that are only available for pickup. Since your order total is $35, the $10 item will ship to your home for free, while the other items will be ready for pickup at your local Walmart.
18. Return your Walmart Black Friday online order for free by mail.
Not happy with your Walmart.com purchase? You can return most online purchases for free by mail. Log in to your account to start the return process. Print a free pre-paid shipping label provided by Walmart, attach to the package (make sure to include all the original packaging and accessories), and drop it at the post office.
Select online items are also eligible for free scheduled pickup from your home. If you prefer returning your purchase in store, make sure to take advantage of Mobile Express Returns to avoid the long return lines you’ll find at Walmart during the holidays. Note that in-store purchases can only be returned in store.
19. Order online by Dec. 22 for delivery by Christmas Eve.
Walmart.com offers free two-day shipping on most items with an order of $35 or more.
Order by Tuesday, Dec. 22 before 2 p.m. in the time zone of the delivery address, and receive your order by Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24.
20. Put Pre-Black Friday Purchases on Walmart layaway and pay off by Dec. 14.
In 2020, Walmart layaway is valid Aug. 28 – Dec. 14. Walmart doesn’t charge an opening fee, but you’ll be required to put a down payment of $10 or 10% of the price of the item, whichever is greater. Only items priced at $10 or more are eligible for layaway, and you need at least $50 worth of items to open a layaway account.
You can put items on layaway any time during the promotional period, with the exception of Black Friday. Black Friday items are usually specially made/packaged for Black Friday, so you wouldn’t find them in store before Black Friday. Plus, the layaway counter is usually closed or might open later in the day, after doorbusters are already gone.
Layaway is available on media, gaming, cameras, toys, sporting goods, automotive, cooking and dining, home decor, fabrics and crafts, bedding, wireless (excluding wireless phones that require contracts), and jewelry. Note that the final payment and pick up must be made by Dec. 14. If you cancel your layaway account any payments made (minus a $10 fee) will be refunded.
21. Don’t forget your face mask.
Walmart stores nationwide are currently requiring customers to wear a face mask or any other type of face covering to enter the store. When rushing out of the house on Black Friday, remember to grab your mask.
Bookmark our Walmart coupons and deals page for the best deals during Black Friday and every other day.
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- 11 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for The Pioneer Woman Stuff
- 34 Ways to Get the Best Black Friday Deals Without Leaving Home
- These Stores Have the Absolute Best Layaway Policies