When is the best time to buy Christmas gifts at these popular stores?


Not so long ago holiday shoppers looking for bargains would scan through Black Friday ads while the Thanksgiving turkey cooked, circle the best buys, and come up with a shopping strategy that sometimes included camping out overnight at a big-box store to nab something like that big-screen TV your family wants at an unheard of price.

Those days are over.

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Retailers are now running early Black Friday sales throughout the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving weekend, with items also available online, meaning you don’t have to fight the crowds. And while one sale fades into another throughout November, some stores still have promotions so good you won’t want to miss them. Here’s what you need to know about the new normal at your favorite vacation spots and when you can expect the biggest discounts.

Amazon: Watch Now

Amazon’s Prime Days have come and gone in October, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find some great holiday deals on the online giant. Amazon has early Black Friday deals that offer deep discounts, with some items up to 78% off.

Deals are spread throughout the site, from electronics and clothing to exercise equipment and home decor. And absolutely everything else.

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Target: shopping on Sundays

Target is running early Black Friday deals all through November, and new weekly specials kick in every Sunday through Thanksgiving weekend. The deals include discounts on what Target says are “new and popular items,” which include toys, electronics and daily necessities. You can preview the weekly ad on Target’s website from the previous Friday. As an example of a previous ad item, Target was offering 50% off Beats Solo 3 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, marked down from $100 to $99.99.

If you can’t wait until the weekend to shop, Target has a Deal of the Day available in-store and online. A new deal will be unveiled daily until December 24, and the savings can be significant.

With Target’s Price Match Guarantee, you can rest assured that you won’t pay more than necessary for items you purchase in-store. If Target lowers the price of an item you’ve already purchased this season in-store, it will refund the difference through December 24.

Walmart: three events that start on November 7

Walmart is bringing back “Black Friday Deals for Days,” which debuted in 2020 and continued into last year.

The world’s largest retailer promises to bundle its best holiday season deals into three events in November, followed by Cyber ​​Monday.

  • Event 1 (offers begin online Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET and continue in-store Nov. 9): Walmart + Early Access runs from noon to 7 p.m. ET on November 7.
  • Event 2 (offers begin online Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET and continue in-store Nov. 16): Walmart + Early Access runs from noon to 7 p.m. ET on November 14.
  • Event 3 (offers begin online Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET and continue in-store Nov. 25): Walmart + Early Access runs from noon to 7 p.m. on November 21.
  • Cyber ​​Monday (November 28): Walmart will wrap up its savings month with its Cyber ​​Monday event.

Walmart teased some of the Nov. 7 deals on its website, and they include the Shark Pet Cordless Stick Vacuum, priced at $144 from $259, and a 55-inch TCL Smart TV for $188. .

Kohl’s: Throughout November

Like Walmart, Kohl’s is hosting a month full of events in November, offering holiday savings to go with Kohl’s Money and 5% rewards for Kohl’s Rewards members. Rewards earned in November are redeemable in December to help you with that final shopping spree.

The retailer’s Black Friday Early Access sale runs until November 10. In addition to sale prices, shoppers will get an additional 15% off purchases in-store and online and earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.

This sale is followed by two weekends that Kohl calls Dashing Deal Days. From Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 18-19, with special promotions even extending throughout the week. The strong points:

  • $10 Kohl’s Cash earned for every $50 spent from November 11 to November 17
  • $10 off a $25 purchase Nov. 11 – Nov. 12
  • Extra 20% off purchases Nov 11-Nov 19
  • 30% off in-store purchases for active and former military members, veterans and their families from November 11-13. A valid military ID is required.

This all leads up to Black Friday sales that start on November 20 and end on November 25. This week, customers in-store and online can save an additional 15% on their purchases and earn $15 for every $50 spent. Kohl’s promises the best deals of all will go live on Thanksgiving Day and will continue through Black Friday with its “Flash Steals.”

Cyber ​​Days start on November 26.

JCPenney: Keep an eye on November 18

JCPenney is currently running select Black Friday deals online and in-store each week in November, but shoppers will get the most bang for their buck starting November 18. That’s when members of the rewards program – membership is free – will receive $10 in rewards for every $50 spent on Black Friday sales through November 30. The full Black Friday announcement is now available on the store’s website to help customers make early buying decisions.

Best Buy: Early Black Friday November 20

If you’re looking for tech freebies, it’s hard to compete with Best Buy’s holiday deals. While the retailer began rolling out holiday shopping deals last month, Best Buy is kicking things into high gear on Nov. 20 with the early launch of the Black Friday sale.

Best Buy Totaltech and My Best Buy members have exclusive access to some of the best deals most Mondays throughout the season. Select Mondays, Totaltech members will have the opportunity to purchase some of the hardest-to-find items on holiday wish lists, Best Buy has announced.

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