Your Ultimate Black Friday Guide: The Deals 25 Major Retailers Will Be Offering

Your Ultimate Black Friday Guide: The Deals 25 Major Retailers Will Be Offering

Do you do Black Friday? Will you this year? If so, you probably will want a strategy, and, of course, an inside track on the best ways to save.

After all, Black Friday shoppers are a serious bunch. They live for the deal and are unperturbed by a 5 a.m. wake-up call. According to research by deal-finder site Find&Save, 67% of Black Friday shoppers map out a strategy ahead of time—and change it up every holiday season, depending on which stores they want to target.


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This year, more than ever, bargain hunters have time on their side. “Black Friday has morphed into Black Thursday and Friday so there are more stores, more products, more time to get bargains,” says Dr. Richard Feinberg, a consumer psychologist and professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing at Purdue University.

On top of that, the web and your smart phone are becoming useful tools in the hunt. “The reality is that retailers have killed the whole idea of what Black Friday is,” says Bob Phibbs, a retail expert and author. “Whether through websites, mobile, physical stores or even Facebook, if customers want to buy it, they can."

One important caveat: Black Friday can induce you to shop for things you don't need, simply because it's practically a national shopping holiday. We don't want you to overspend because you get caught up in the frenzy! So, before you step foot in any store, plan your holiday budget, make sure you're buying only what you really need (or want to give as a gift), then use this guide to ensure you're getting the best price.

We’ve rounded up some of the best weekend deals from 25 major retailers to help you form your game plan. You can also download a printable version of this list here. 

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1. Ace Hardware

Sample Deals:

  • 20% off all regular-priced items until 10 a.m. on Friday
  • 50% off one regular-priced item under $30 on Saturday
  • $10 off your purchase of $50 or more on regular-priced merchandise on Sunday

What to Know:
Doors will likely open at 7 a.m. on Friday, but check your local Ace Hardware to confirm.


Sample Deals:

  • 20% or more off: tablets, laptops, streaming media players, unlocked cell phones
  • 30% or more off: HDTVs, Bluetooth speakers, digital cameras, portable GPS
  • 40% or more off: Xbox 360 games, home theater systems, external hard drives
  • 50% or more off: headphones, flash memory, solid-state drives, car electronics

What to Know:
Discounts are actually available now as part of the “Countdown to Black Friday” promotion. Sign up for daily deal emails to get alerts for additional discounts.

3. Bed Bath & Beyond

Sample Deals:

  • 20% off your entire purchase with special in-store coupon
  • Save 25% on Dyson vacuums and heaters (valid Friday to Monday)

What to Know:
Opens 6 a.m. Friday. Must arrive between 6 a.m. to 12 noon to receive your coupon.

4. Best Buy

Sample Deals:

  • $999.99 for Samsung 65-inch Class LED HDTV
  • $299.99 for Samsung Galaxy SIII no contract phone
  • Save $150 on all 15.4-inch MacBook Pro computers
  • $54.99 LG Smart Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray player

What to Know:
Doorbuster deals start on Thursday at 6 p.m.; additional deals start Friday at 10 a.m.

5. Costco

Sample Deals:

  • $200 off an HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6-inch laptop (limit 5)
  • $280 off a Nikon D3200 2 lens DSLR camera kit (limit 3)
  • $25 off a Vitamix 5200S blender (limit 5)

What to Know:
The in-store deals extend from Friday to Sunday this week, but there are select deals on Samsung products through Monday. Online-only offers also available through Sunday.

6. CVS Pharmacy

Sample Deals:

  • Buy one, get one free on select Christmas chocolate, Christmas lights, perfume and children’s toys

What to Know:
You need a CVS card to take advantage of the discounts. Great for gifts under $10. Sale prices valid from Thursday to Saturday.

7. Dick’s Sporting Goods

Sample Deals:

  • $15 off your Nike, Adidas or Reebok athletic apparel purchase of $59 or more
  • Earn $20 off your next purchase of $100 or more with any purchase made on Thanksgiving night and Black Friday
  • Buy one, get one free on the entire stock of fleece-lined Crocs

What to Know:
Opens 8 p.m. Thursday; doorbusters end Friday 2 p.m. Cyber Week deals start Sunday.

8. GameStop

Sample Deals:

  • 50% off top video games
  • Buy two, get one free on any pre-owned products
  • $199 for PS3 250GB bundle
  • $199 for Xbox 360 250GB bundle

What to Know:
Opens Friday at midnight. You can get 30% extra in-store credit when you trade any items toward a purchase.

9. JC Penney

Sample Deals:

  • Diamond studs for $79
  • Pyrex 18-piece storage set for $17.99
  • 50 to 60% off all decorative comforter sets
  • $5 off all kids' athletic shoes and $10 off men’s and women’s athletic shoes

What to Know:
Opens 8 p.m. Thursday. Free Disney snow globes for shoppers starting 4 a.m. Friday. Special coupon gives an extra 15% off apparel, shoes, accessories, home and fine jewelry from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Cyber Monday deals will discount over 50,000 items Sunday to Monday.

10. Kohl's

Sample Deals:

  • 20% to 50% off most toy, personal care and floor care items
  • 40% to 60% off all fashion jewelry and jewelry holders; 40% to 55% off all watches
  • 40% to 70% off dinnerware
  • 60% to 75% off select luggage

What to Know:
Opens 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Earn $15 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent in store. Receive additional discounts on online purchases if you sign up for email and text alerts.

11. Lowe’s

Sample Deals:

  • 20% off artificial indoor Christmas trees
  • $199 for DeWalt 4-tool, 18-volt cordless combo kit
  • $49.98 for Shop-Vac 16-gallon 5.75 peak HP wet/dry shop vacuum

What to Know:
Opens 5 a.m. Friday. Free shipping on qualifying orders of $19 or more online.

12. Macy’s

Sample Deals:

  • Buy one, get the second 50% off for designer lingerie, including Calvin Klein and DKNY
  • 40% off all blenders and juicers, men’s designer sweaters, women’s leather jackets, juniors’ sportswear and dresses
  • 60% off Lenox Christmas china

What to Know:
Open all night from 8 p.m. Thursday night to 1 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

13. Office Depot

Sample Deals:

  • 7-inch Apex tablet for $49.99 and 7-inch Lenovo tablet for $69.99
  • Free 808 CANZ speaker with purchase of 808 Duo Bluetooth headphones
  • All printers on sale with select models 50% off or more
  • All cameras on sale

What to Know:
Opens 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

14. Old Navy

Sample Deals:

  • 50% off the entire store Thursday and Friday
  • 40% off Saturday
  • 30% off Sunday and Monday

What to Know:
Opens 7 p.m. on Thursday. The first 500 people in line get a chance to win a $1 million prize.

15. PetSmart

Sample Deals:

  • Select tropical fish are 5 for $4
  • Over 3,200 items will be 50% off or more, including: guinea pigs, select dwarf hamsters, reptiles, dog apparel, Marineland bio-wheel aquarium kit, Whisker City platform play cat tower, Top Paw XL orthopedic dog bed

What to Know:
Free treats and coupons for the first 100 people in line. Black Friday deals will be available Thanksgiving Day starting at 6 a.m. on, and stores open 7 a.m. Friday for a one-day sale.

16. RadioShack

Sample Deals:

  • $49.99 for iPhone 5C 16 GB (with qualifying two-year plan)
  • $7.99 for 32 GB USB flash drive
  • $19.99 for SiriusXM Stratus 7 with PowerConnect vehicle kit

What to Know:
Opens 8 a.m. Friday. Check the store’s website starting Wednesday for a special coupon code on deals that were voted for by fellow shoppers.

17. Sam’s Club

Sample Deals:

  • 96 cents for Samsung Galaxy S4 (with two-year activation)
  • $498 for 50-inch VIZIO LED 1080p 120 Hz Smart TV with Wi-Fi
  • $8.98 for new release Blu-ray titles

What to Know:
Opens 7 a.m. Friday. Online-only specials during Cyber Week start Thanksgiving Day.

18. Sears

Sample Deals:

  • Up to 30% off all Kenmore appliances; up to 15% off other appliance brands
  • 20% off all Craftsman power lawn & garden tools
  • 25% off all Dyson floor care
  • 50% off assorted Christmas decor

What to Know:
Black Friday appliance deals go through Monday, other assorted sales go from Thursday to Saturday.

19. Staples

Sample Deals:

  • $139 for Kindle Fire HD 7-inch 8 GB tablet
  • $249.99 for Toshiba C55D-A5382 15-inch laptop (after rebate)
  • $49.99 for Canon MG5420 wireless all-in-one printer

What to Know:
Opens 8 p.m. Thursday; 6 a.m. Friday. You can apply a rebate to some products for a Staples gift card.

20. Tanger Outlets

Sample deals:

  • 20% off from 10 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday (Tanger Outlets malls often include such brands as Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Brooks Brothers)
  • 30% off from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday

What to Know:
You must download a savings card from the Tanger Outlets website to take advantage of the discounts.

21. Target

Sample Deals:

  • On Friday, spend $75 or more and get 20% off one shopping trip between December 1 and December 7
  • $119 for Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones
  • $100 Target gift card with purchase of any iPad and $75 Target gift card when you buy any iPad Mini
  • 40% off all denim and sweaters

What to Know:
Opens 8 p.m. Thursday. Access your local Target’s floor plan on the company’s website. Cyber Week starts Sunday; sign up online for exclusive deals.

22. The Home Depot

Sample Deals:

  • 25% off Dyson vacuums (valid Thursday to Monday)
  • $59.98 for Hampton Bay Campbell II 52-inch ceiling fan
  • $29.88 for 26-inch Quadripod fire pit (while supplies last)

What to Know:
Opens 5 a.m. on Friday. “Like” Home Depot on Facebook, and Cyber Monday savings alerts will show up in your news feed.

23. The Sports Authority

Sample Deals:

  • 30 to 50% off entire stock of toys
  • 50% off Slalom, Alpine Design, Gerry and Sims outerwear
  • 50% off Nike men’s and women’s fleece apparel
  • Footwear is buy one, get one 50% off

What to Know:
Opens 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday. First 80 people on Thursday and Friday win up to $500 in Bonus Bucks.

24. Toys 'R' Us

Sample Deals:

  • $29.99 for LeapFrog Leapster GS Explorer (limit 2) and $15 for all LeapFrog Explorer software
  • $39.99 for IMAGINARIUM 55-piece train set with table, 3 trains, 2 vehicles, 2 figures
  • 40% off all Melissa & Doug arts and crafts, puzzles

What to Know:
First wave of over 300 deals are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday; bonus doorbusters start 5 a.m. on Friday. Get $10 to spend when you buy $75 or more of anything Thursday through Friday. Storewide clearance items are up to 80% off through Saturday.

25. Wal-Mart

Sample Deals:

  • 16 GB Apple iPad mini plus $100 gift card for $299
  • HP Pavilion 14-inch TouchSmart laptop for $278
  • LG Blu-ray player for $38
  • Funai 32-inch LED TV for $98

What to Know:
Starting Thursday at 6 p.m., select items are guaranteed to be in stock for one hour. Pre-Black Friday online deals available now.

Deals, store policies and hours are subject to change. Please check with your local retailers for the most up-to-date information.


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