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Shopping Walmart Black Friday deals in 2022 isn’t as stressful as it was back in the day. Nowadays, you can snag the best Walmart Black Friday deals online and in-store. Plus, many deals are available in the days leading up to Black Friday.

The top three retailers — Walmart, Target, and Amazon — love to battle prices during Black Friday. Throughout the holidays, we’ll compare prices across all three brands to make sure you’re getting the best from Walmart’s Black Friday ad. And we’ll also remind you to double-check the latest Walmart deals right before you buy.

Lucky for us, there are three times during November to save with Walmart Black Friday deals. Here are our best tips for how to hack the Black Friday deals you’re going to see at Walmart in 2022.

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1. Expect the Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days ad to drop on October 17, 2022.

walmart black friday ad on coffee table

In 2021, the Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days ad was released on the third Monday of October. We predict this year’s ad will be released on the third Monday in October, just like last year. And just like last year, we will share the Black Friday Deals for Days ad as soon as it drops.

 

Will Walmart be closed on Thanksgiving 2022?

I predict that Walmart will once again be closed for Thanksgiving 2022. The year 2020 changed a lot of norms for companies, and many stuck with the new normal into 2021. In 2020, Walmart started closing their stores on Thanksgiving for the first time due to the coronavirus. Prior to 2020, Walmart would open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay open overnight.

 

Walmart Black Friday Hours

On Black Friday, Walmart will open its doors at 5 a.m, with most stores staying open until 11 p.m. Based on previous years, we also expect to see fresh Black Friday online deals drop at midnight ET on Black Friday.

 

2. All the same Walmart Black Friday deals you’ll see in the store will be available online.

A woman on a laptop browsing Walmart.com

Walmart Black Friday deals are actually available online two days before they’re available in store. Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days come in three sale waves — but we’ll get into that in a minute…

Expect the official and final Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days 2022 deals to begin online on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET, and in stores on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at 5 a.m. local time. Based on previous years, we also expect to see fresh online deals drop at midnight ET on Black Friday.

 

3. Walmart has three major Black Friday sale waves.

Chart showing the three waves of Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days sales in 2022.

Walmart Black Friday in 2021 was split into three different Deals for Days events, with new deals going live throughout the month of November. The first round of sales is always in the first and second week of November. The third week in November won’t have any new sales. The final wave of Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days, wave three, begins the week of Thanksgiving.

 

When will Walmart Black Friday start in 2022?

Here’s what we are expecting based on previous years:

  • Event 1:
    • Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. ET online
    • Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 a.m. local time in stores
    • Walmart+ members get early access to deals from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
  • Event 2:
    • Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. ET online
    • Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 a.m. local time in stores
    • Walmart+ members get early access to deals from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
  • Event 3:
    • Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET online
    • Friday, Nov. 25 at 5 a.m. local time in stores
    • Walmart+ members get early access to deals from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 21.

 

4. Walmart’s first Black Friday sale — Deals for Days — starts Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

black friday walmart deals for days signs in store

In 2020 and 2021, Walmart leaked Black Friday deals early by hosting a “pre-Black Friday” sale called Deals for Days. This special savings event began on the first Wednesday of November starting online at 7 p.m. ET and in-store on the first Friday of November at 5 a.m local time.

 

5. Each Walmart Black Friday sale event has unique items.

In 2021, the first wave of Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days ran November 3 – 7. Last year’s sales included:

  • $87 Samsung Chromebook 4 (reg. $199)
  • $35 Keurig single-serve (reg. $67)
  • $15 My Life As Dolls (reg. $24.97)
  • $29 LEGO Classic Bricks 1500 pc (reg. $58)

Wave two of Walmart Deals for Days ran November 10 – 14, 2021. Sales included:

  • $60 Barbie Dream Camper (reg. $90)
  • $139 Samsung Galaxy Tablet (reg. $219)
  • $89 AirPods with charging case (reg. $119)
  • $6 Pajama pants
  • $29 carry-on spinner
  • $159 Shark Cordless PetPRO (reg. $279)

Don’t expect any sales from wave one or two to repeat. Based on what we saw in 2020 and 2021, once the items are gone, they’re gone. And once the sale price ends, in many cases, you won’t see it again.

 

 

6. To get early access to all of these sales, sign up for Walmart Plus now!

A woman opening a Walmart+ box in her kitchen.

If you sign up for Walmart Plus, you have early access to ALL of these sales, and I mean early! Members get access FOUR hours before the sales even go live on the Walmart Early Access page. With inventory being short right now, this is an excellent way to get hot items (like toys and gaming) before they sell out. And they will.

Not sure about Walmart Plus? You can sign up for a free 90-day Walmart Plus trial. (You also get free next-day and two-day shipping with no minimums.) But, you won’t be able to use the free trial to get early access to Black Friday deals.

 

7. Jump on Special Buy Doorbusters at Walmart.com because they sell out within an hour.

When Walmart gets a “deal” on a product or a deep discount from a manufacturer, they pass the savings on to their customers and label that product as a “Special Buy.” Special Buys are available online and in stores but usually sell out very quickly, so you want to shop online as soon as the deals go live.

In 2021, we saw TVs, small appliances, and small electronics, like the Apple Watch Series 3, sell out online almost immediately after they went live.

If they’re sold out online, head over to the store, but you’ll have to wait until Black Friday morning.

 

8. Only go in store for Walmart’s Special Buys that you can’t get online.

Anchor Hocking 32 piece storage set for $20 at Walmart

In prior years, some of the Walmart Special Buys were only available in stores. In 2021, all the deals were available in store and online. I hope the same happens for 2022.

 

9. Bottom-line best deals to buy during Walmart Black Friday: TVs, some Apple electronics, and toys.

A woman looking at Chromebook laptop computers at Walmart

Walmart is the go-to place for cheap TVs, some Apple electronics, and toys — whether you’re shopping online or in store. Always shoot for 40% – 50% savings when shopping for TVs.

In 2021, you could score a variety of great TV deals at Walmart during Black Friday, including:

Other noteworthy deals:

Apple products: 20% off Apple AirPods, 25% off Apple iPads, and older versions of the Apple iPhone for up to 35% off. And, up to $750 Walmart gift card with activation and purchase of select Apple or Samsung phones.

 

10. You might skip Nintendo, Xbox, or Playstation at Walmart — shop for those at Kohl’s instead.

a woman holding an xbox game console during Black Friday at Kohls

Video game consoles like the Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation won’t likely dip below their base sale prices at Walmart, even during Black Friday.

But, if you shop at Kohl’s for Black Friday deals, you’ll receive $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, making Kohl’s the best place to shop for video game consoles.

In 2021, Kohl’s shoppers scored:

ONLINE Deal
Buy 1 PlayStation 5 Console Bundle with Extra DualSense Controller + Spider-Man Ultimate Edition, $639.99 reg. price
  • Spend $50, receive $15 Kohl’s Cash
  • Spend $100, receive $5 Kohl’s Rewards
Shipping: Free on orders of $75+
Pickup: Free
Deal expires Jun 16, 2024
 

ONLINE Deal
Buy 1 Xbox One S Console with NBA 2K21+ Controller Bundle, $399.99 sale price, $424.99 reg. price
  • Spend $50, receive $15 Kohl’s Cash
  • Spend $100, receive $5 Kohl’s Rewards
Shipping: Free on orders of $75+
Pickup: Free
Deal expires Jun 16, 2024
 

 

11. Shop early — you can’t get a rain check during Walmart Black Friday.

In the past, select items at Walmart 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.

But ever since Black Friday 2020, the Walmart Black Friday ad clearly states that all items are available in limited quantities, while supplies last — no rain checks given.

I fully expect this to be the case again in 2022.

 

12. Mix and match store pickup and ship-to-home items to reach the $35 minimum for free shipping.

walmart in store pickup order tower

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 or picked up curbside. You can meet the $35 minimum with a mix of ship-to-home and store pickup items.

When shopping online, some products are not eligible for shipping and are only available for store pickup (depending 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.

TIP: Sign up for Walmart Plus and get free shipping without needing to meet the $35 minimum threshold.

 

13. Take advantage of Walmart’s convenient delivery options.

grocery-delivery-employee

Avoid the in-store frenzy on Walmart Black Friday and get what you want during the holidays when you take advantage of Walmart’s generous delivery options. Here are four ways they plan on making delivery more convenient for you:

  • Extending store delivery times by two hours, which means you have until 6 p.m. to place an order for same-day delivery by 10 p.m. (local time) or next-day delivery.
  • Adding extra delivery drivers via the Spark Driver app to help deliver stuff, even if the delivery windows are full when you place your order.
  • Increasing the number of oversized items that you can have delivered, including 70-inch TVs, artificial Christmas trees, and bicycles.
  • Increasing the number of stores that can deliver alcohol.

 

14. Use the color-coded zone maps in the Walmart app to navigate the store.

woman holding Walmart store map on phone

Items are rarely where they should be during Walmart Black Friday. And you don’t want to go running around like an ant to get those Special Buys.

Thankfully, Walmart mapped out the whole store in their mobile app so shoppers can find what they want more easily. 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. No price matching at Walmart.com for any kind of Black Friday sale.

Walmart online shopping.

Walmart price matching isn’t available in stores at all, so that’s not a thing. While you can normally price match when shopping Walmart.com the rest of the year, it’s not available during Black Friday or even for the Black Friday pre-sale Deals for Days events.

 

16. Walmart extends its return policy during the holidays.

People standing in line for the Services desk in Walmart to return items.

Normally, you can return most anything you buy in store or online within 90 days for a full refund at Walmart if you have your receipt. For electronics, you get 30 days.

During the holiday season, Walmart extends their return policy like this: Anything you buy in store (even electronics) or online (as long as it’s not from a third-party seller) from Nov. 1 to Dec. 25 can be returned within 90 days starting on Dec. 26. That means you get up to 120 days to return most everything.

Why does this matter, exactly? If you buy something during the Black Friday shopping season and see that it’s cheaper somewhere else or the price dropped at Walmart, you can either return the item and get a refund or return the item and repurchase it at the lower price.

Don’t abuse this hack, though. Walmart reserves the right to reject your return if they see too much activity.

 

17. Return your Walmart Black Friday online order for free by mail.

Headphones and roku in an open Walmart box

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 prepaid shipping label provided by Walmart, attach it 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, take advantage of Mobile Express Returns to avoid the long return lines at Walmart during the holidays. Note that in-store purchases can only be returned in store.

 

18. Skip using Affirm to buy now, pay later for your holiday purchases.

affirm sign buy now, pay later at walmart

In the past, Walmart offered a layaway option that only required a small down payment and scheduled payments for the holidays.

In 2021, Walmart signed up with Affirm, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) service company that allows you to bring your stuff home when you order it BUT it’ll cost you anywhere from 10% – 30% in interest. So, there are no savings whatsoever going this route.

Check out these other buy now pay later services.

 

19. Split your Walmart purchase into four payments with a ghost card from Klarna.

Walmart.com screenshot with Klarna ghost card.

As for the simplest solution I found, you can use a “ghost card” from Klarna to pay for your holiday stuff in four payments over six weeks. You pay 25% of the total amount due at checkout and then make a payment of 25% every two weeks after.

The good news: Klarna won’t hurt your credit, and it doesn’t charge interest — or any fees whatsoever.

The semi-bad news: You can only use Klarna at Walmart.com, not in the physical store.

To use Klarna, first, download the mobile app (iOS / Android) or Chrome browser extension and create an account, which includes adding a debit or credit card that will be used for your four payments. The app will automatically give you an estimated spending amount, up to a max of $1,000, based on a soft credit check (which doesn’t affect your credit). Each ghost card you create will take away from your available spending amount.

 

Got any great Walmart Black Friday 2022 shopping tips or secrets the rest of us should know? Share in the comments below.

Our Top Hacks for Shopping Walmart Black Friday Deals 2022