Black Friday is the chaotic day after Thanksgiving when millions of Americans nurse their turkey hangover with a little retail therapy. This year’s shopping event will take place on Friday, Nov. 25, and retailers around the US are already promoting massive discounts on everything from toys to TVs.
In 2015, the National Retail Federation reported that 151 million people shopped Black Friday sales, with 42% reporting that they shopped solely online. While great deals can be found at the click of your mouse, mainly retailers still attract customers with one-of-a-kind doorbuster deals that can only be purchased in-stores.
To help you plan out the perfect day of shopping, here are the start times, shopping tips and best deals from some of the top retailers.
When: 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day for in-store deals. 12:01 am EST on Thanksgiving for Walmart.com
Deals: Need a new TV? There are a dozen or so discounted options to choose from during Walmart’s Black Friday sale. One of the best deals involves a 55-inch Philips Smart TV with 4K for just $298. For the gamer in your life, consider the PlayStation 4 500GB bundle for just $249. Bonus: The system also comes with a $30 gift card. If you’re looking to buy one of the hot gifts this year – a drone – check out the DJI Drone Phantom Standard 3 for $369, a $130 discount.
For shoppers in the market for a new phone, Walmart’s offering an iPhone or Samsung device with $0 down. If you add on a qualifying AT&T Next or Verizon plan, you’ll score a $250 Walmart gift card.
Insider Tip: The adrenaline of shopping on Black Friday, for some, is undeniable, but if you like your shopping to be anti-climactic, download the Walmart app. Starting now, the app will feature select Black Friday deals that can be ordered from your smartphone and shipped directly to your home. One current app deal includes an Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Console with bonus controller for $279. (As of Wednesday, it costs $299 in the Microsoft store.)
Starting Nov. 17, the app will feature a map detailing where hot-ticket items are located in the store. Printed copies will also be available in the store.
When: Doors open at 9 am on Friday. Membership required.
Deals: For a place already boasting low prices, Costco is offering some big deals this Black Friday. Shoppers can take $300 off of a Nikon D4300 2-lens DSLR Kit (regularly $649.99) and can enjoy $300 off a Dell XPS 13.3″ Touchscreen laptop (regularly $1199.99). For the gamer in your life, save $60 on the Xbox One s 500GB Minecraft Bundle or take $50 off the Sony PlayStaytion 4 Bundle.
Insider tip: The standard annual membership fee is $55 and can be purchased online. So if you plan on doing some big shopping this Black Friday, joining Costco wouldn’t be a bad idea. Really, what’s $55 dollars when you can possibly save hundreds?
When: 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day for in-store sales. Black Friday presale and doorbusters available on Cartwheel and online starting Nov. 23. Online sales begin at 12:00 am on Thanksgiving.
Deals: Target always features great deals, but Black Friday takes the cake. For just $397, customers can take home a 50-inch 4K UHD Samsung TV. Shoppers will also be delighted to find the Apple Watch Series 1 for $198 (regulary $269.99). Not to be outdone, Target competes with Walmart by selling the Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft bundle for $249.99. While it’s $30 cheaper here, it doesn’t come with the bonus controller, but customers will get a $40 Target gift card with their purchase.
As for doorbusters, Target will be selling the Amazon Fire 7-inch Kids Edition tablet for just $74.99, as well as the Amazon Fire 7-inch 8GB Wi-Fi tablet for a shockingly low $33.33. There are also a handful buy one, get one free offers on toys, including all Star Wars Rogue One toys, all Marvel toys, and all Disney princess toys.
Insider Tip: From now until Thanksgiving, Target will feature specially discounted items on its Cartwheel app. On Nov. 23, the retailer will also release special Black Friday preview deals, which can only be nabbed online or if you have the Cartwheel app.
Best Buy (BBY)
When: 5 pm on Thanksgiving Day for in-store sales. 12:00 am on Thanksgiving for online sales. Additional doorbusters at 8 am on Friday.
Deals: Black Friday shoppers will be able to pick up a 49-inch Toshiba 4K Ultra HD TV for just $199.99 (originally $449.99). If you’re in the market for a laptop, be sure to pick up the 13-inch Macbook Air for an impressive $799.99 (currently $999.99).
If you prefer to spend Thanksgiving Day with – gasp! – your family, Best Buy also has doorbusters that start Friday at 8 am. These goodies include a 55-inch Sharp LED SmartTV for $249.99, and a Lenovo 11.6-inch laptop for just $99.
Insider tip: Best Buy Elite and Elite Plus members will get early access to Black Friday deals on Nov. 21. Elite or Elite Plus status is based on annual spending at Best Buy.
Toys R US
When: 5 pm on Thanksgiving for in-store deals. Doorbusters are only available in-store, and will be available from Friday at midnight to 7am. Online deals start Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Deals: The Barbie pop-up camper usually sells for $89.99, but will be on sale for $53.99 as a Black Friday doorbuster. Shoppers will also be able to grab the NERF N-Strike Mega Blaster for $29.99, and select LEGO construction sets for 11.99 to $65.99.
Sesame Street lovers will be pumped to find the “Play all day Elmo” for $19.99 and LeapFrog LeapPads are going for $79.99 each. You can also score classic board games for as low ast $7.
Insider tip: Toys R Us always has great coupons. Be sure to check their Savings Center page before you head to the store.
When: Doorbusters begin at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Online deals start Nov. 21.
Deals: The best part about shopping at Kohl’s for Black Friday is that you get paid to shop. From Nov. 21 to Nov. 26, customers will get $15 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 they spend. Kohl’s cash is essentially a store credit that can be used from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5.
Top doorbuster deals include a Haier 49-inch 4K Ultra HD TV for just $249.99, a Fitbit Charge 2 for $129 and a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera with wi-fi for an impressive $449.99. There are also a wide assortment of toys for under $25, including animated character ball pits, remote-controlled cars, and Mega Bloks.
Insider tip: Use this coupon to get an extra 15% off your purchase. You can also use the promo code NOVSAVE15 online.
When: Now through Nov. 24.
Deals: We couldn’t talk about Black Friday without at least mentioning the mega-retailer. Why celebrate Black Friday on just one day, when you can celebrate it every day? From now through Nov. 24, Amazon will offer daily lightning deals during their “Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week Sale.” The deals will change daily, but according to Amazon, some include a 32-inch 720p LED TV for $69.99, a 43” 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $199, a Blue Yeti USB Microphone for $89.99, and a Kindle for only $49.99.
Insider tip: Amazon Prime members will have early access to more than 30,000 deals. So if you’re not a member, now would be a good time to sign up for a 30-day trial. It’s free, and you’ll get access to all of the amazing Black Friday deals.