What do you do on Black Friday? Do you get up early (or stay up late) for Black Friday shopping, or do you avoid stores like the plague? My only attempt at Black Friday shopping many years ago resulted in me skipping the attempt at shopping and spending the day at BW3’s. I’ll still shop on Friday, but it’s from the comfort of my couch and laptop, where I find nearly as good deals as I would in store. In-store shoppers do have more of a chance to get bonus offers and door-busters, and many love the thrill of the hunt.
If you live for the deals of this day of shopping, we’ve gathered a few tips for you. Some of these deals are nationwide deals, but subject to local participation, so it’s up to you to verify whether these offers are available at your local retailers.
Before all, we recommend that you shop local where possible. Local shops will probably offer sales over the weekend for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, so give them a chance! Another great place to shop is at holiday art and craft markets. There are still plenty to shop at this holiday season – see our list of holiday craft shows here!
Make sure you check out our Columbus Gift Guide for other local shopping options! The guide also includes a list of suggested experience and membership gifts, and many of these will offer special pricing from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, so check them out!
Half Price Books
It’s Book Friday at HPB! Get 20% off everything all day on Friday, November 29, starting at 9 a.m. Plus, the first 100 people through the door at 9 a.m. will receive a FREE tote bag and a $5 HPB Gift Card.* One bag will contain a $100 gift card. *Limit one bag per person 16 years of age and up while supplies last at each HPB retail location. No coupons needed in store. Not valid on gift card purchases.
Want to shop online at Half Price Books? You can start now, and get 25% off with coupon code BOOKIT25. Ends November 29. Not valid during sales or in combination with any other discount or coupon. Get a Free Magic And Wizards Charm Set online while supplies last – just pay shipping (approx 63 cents for tax and shipping)!
Walmart Black Friday Perk
Always a popular stop for Black Friday shopping, Walmart’s Black Friday sale starts at 6 pm on Thanksgiving evening. Show up early to scope out the sales and store layout, and enjoy FREE coffee, hot cocoa, and snacks at 4 p.m. at participating locations, courtesy of Keurig. Wal Mart Black Friday sales start on Wednesday at 10 pm.
Macy’s Black Friday Freebies
The earlier you go, the more likely you are to get these “free after rebate” items, as quantities are limited. These freebies are available in-store only, and if you are willing to fill out and send in mail-in rebates, you can score some great free items. Valid rebates submitted by mail will be awarded via Visa® Prepaid Card. One item per household. See options below or at this link.
Bella 1.5 quart slow cooker – $10 (reg. $29.99)
Select men’s Levi’s t-shirts – $10 (reg. $24.50)
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum – $10 (reg. $20, a $40 value)
Select freshwater pearl studs or ruby pendant – $10 (reg. $30)
Select men’s and women’s fashion watches – $20 (reg. $40)
Isaac Mizrahi Loves Sesame Street plush -$10 (reg. $30)
Plush throws – $10 (reg. $30)
Stearns & Foster pillows – $10 (reg. $40)
Mohawk bath rugs – $10 (reg. $40)
Luminarc 4-piece glassware sets – $10 (reg. $25)
Sedona 2-piece frying pan set – $10 (reg. $49.99)
Men’s Club Room t-shirts – $10 (reg. $30)
Select women’s casual styles – $10 (reg. $19.99 to $34.50)
Macy’s will also carry a variety of small kitchen appliances that you can buy for $19.99 and receive a $12 mail-in rebate, making your purchase price $7.99 each. Products include a panini maker, Black and Decker blender, rice cooker, hand mixer, toaster over, rocket blender (I have this one and its over 10 years old!), slow cooker, waffle maker, coffee pot, and electric skillet.
Prefer to shop online? This Macy’s Black Friday preview sale has already started.
Cabela’s Black Friday and Santa Photos
Cabela’s is open Thanksgiving Day from 8 am – 6 pm, and they will be having a 6 hour Black Friday Sale from 5 am – 11 am on Friday. Deals include $10 fleece, hoodies, flannels, hoodies, and other clothing items for the whole family, $99 motorized ride-on vehicles for kids, and many more deals. They are also having a 5 days Red Hot sale from Wednesday to Sunday with many more specials. See ad here.
Santa will be available for free photos at Cabela’s from November 17 – December 24 with a Bass Pass; hours vary based on day. There are free crafts and activity tables everyday, free giveaways for the first 100 kids on Mon-Thurs from 5-7 pm, and you can write a letter to Santa and receive an email from Santa. Photos with Santa are free, and the set and Santa are authentic and festive!
Kick off the Holiday Season at Cabela’s on November 30 at 9 am with free breakfast snacks, giveaways and more! Santa will be giving away prizes! On November 30-December 1, you’ll receive Bass Bucks of up to $100 based on your purchase amount. Plus donate a new toy to Toys for Tots and receive a free photo package with Santa.
Target Black Friday
Doors open 5pm Thursday and close 1am Friday. Come back when doors re-open 7am Friday. Get early access to Black Friday with RedCard™ (all day) or Target Circle™ (after 6 pm CST) on 11/27. The Target Circle program is free and offers tons of coupons and discounts – find it on the Target app.
Get doorbusters in every department including $5 pajamas and $3-$5 clothing for toddlers and kids, $15-$20 puffer coats and $10 sweaters for the whole family, $10 small appliances, 50% off Graco Slim Fit 3-in-1 convertible car seat, 50% off select toys and games, and lots of tech and electronics deals. See the Target Black Friday ad here.
Kohls Black Friday
Black Friday deals are going on now, plus get $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent, and take 15% off with promo code GIVETHANKS through 11/29. Select deals are one day only, so check out the website every day to see the new daily deals!
LOWES Black Friday
Stores open at 6 am on Friday. First 300 in the store get a chance to win a $500 gift card AND get a $10 off $50 coupon to use that day. You can shop most of the deals early, but doorbusters are Black Friday only. See ad here.
JCPenney Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals
Doors open at 2 pm on Thanksgiving, and coupons will be handed out to those in line BEFORE doors open at 2 pm only. Coupons are $10 off, $100 off, or $500 off. Lots of small appliances and kitchen wares are $7.99 after main-in rebate. Big discounts on jewelry, toys, clothing, and more. See ad here.
CVS has seven items for free after ExtraBucks Rewards and coupons, plus lots of discounts in its three-day Black Friday sale from Thanksgiving through Saturday. See ad here.
Have you seen other great Black Friday options? Leave them in the comments!
Prefer online shopping (like me)? Check out our gift guides below!
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