The biggest shopping day of the year is nearly upon us and that means there are deals on everything from smart home accessories to TVs and appliances. Even video game consoles are being offered at a steep discount. If you're a serious shopper and are on the hunt for a great bargain, now is the time to start planning your buying strategy. Since virtually every store has some kind of Black Friday promotion, it can be overwhelming to search through all of them to find the best ones.
Luckily, I did the hard work for you!
For Your Home
Buying new smart home technology and appliances can be really expensive. If you’re lucky enough to time your purchase perfectly with Black Friday, then these are the deals for you! Sears, H H Gregg and JC Penney are all offering great savings on washer/dryer combos, refrigerators, and other small appliances, while Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s, and Amazon have some great discounts on smart home tech.
Walmart: The Nest Learning Thermostat will be on sale for $199 ($50 savings on its regular retail price)
Best Buy: The Amazon Echo will be on sale for $140, a $40 discount
Target: The Nest Cam for $149 ($50 discount on its regular retail price)
Multiple stores: Several lines of iRobot Roomba vacuums are on sale at Kohl’s, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon
Sears: Kenmore french door refrigerator and bottom-freezer for $999.99
Sears: Kenmore washer and dryers priced at $274.99 each (which were regularly $539.99 each)
H H Gregg: Amana Washer and Dryer $549.99 for the pair
H H Gregg: Frigidaire Stainless Steel 4-piece Kitchen Package for $1499.99 (savings of $910)
Big screen TVs might be the original Black Friday big-ticket items. There are some big discounts on smart TVs and 4K TVs this year.
Best Buy: 39-inch Insignia 1080p smart Roku TV, $180 (in stores only)
Best Buy: 49-inch Toshiba 4K with Chromecast, $200 (in stores only)
Best Buy: 70-inch Vizio 4K smart UHD TV, $1,000 (in stores or online)
Walmart: 50-inch Samsung 4K TV for $398 (a $230 discount on its sticker price)
Sears: 55-inch Samsung LED UHD TV - savings of $300 as it will be available for $599.99\
Walmart: 15.6-inch Acer laptop for $299, a $150 savings off its regular price
Target: HP Windows 10-based laptop for $260, a discount off its $400 regular retail price
Best Buy: base 13-inch MacBook Air with Core i5, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage $799.99
Best Buy: base 21.5-inch iMac (Core i5/8GB/1TB), $899.99
Bonus - Video Game Consoles, Tablets, Cameras, and Other Gadgets
Walmart: Battlefield 1 Xbox One S 500 GB Bundle and the Uncharted 4 PlayStation 4 500 GB Slim Bundle for $249 ($50 off from the original price of $299)
Walmart: New Nintendo 3DS black and white special-edition systems for $100 (from the original price of $179)
Walmart: Apple’s 32GB iPad Mini 2 will be available for $199. The tablet usually retails for $269
Target: $151 discount on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a $126 discount on the iPad Air 2, and a $70 discount on the iPad Mini 2
Target: $100 Samsung Galaxy Tab A (typically retails for $150)
Target: Fitbit Charge HR will be on sale for $90, a $40 discount on its regular price
Target: Apple Watch Series 1 will start at $198 ($72 savings)
Target: Powerbeats wireless headphones for $90. They typically retail for $200
Walmart: Canon D-SLR for $449 ($150 savings)
Target: GoPro Hero Session bundle for $180. The bundle typically costs $250
Best Buy, Target and Walmart all have varying deals on the iPhone: $250 gift card with qualifying iPhone purchase on installment plan through Verizon, AT&T or Sprint
Amazon.com has one additional resource you should know about: their mobile app lets you mark upcoming sale items and be notified the moment the discounts hit.
As you can see, if electronics or appliances are on your list this year, these Black Friday deals are just too good to pass up! Many of these stores have identical or similar deals on all of these big ticketed items. Hopefully, my list will save you some time and help you plan a great strategy to score these awesome bargains.
And most importantly, don't forget to spend time with the ones you love this holiday!