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

Christine Ryan Jyoti

black fridayDo 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.

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.

  • DonnaRoberts

    Please respect workers…do NOT shop on Thanksgiving!!