Big discounts on flat screens, phones, toys, appliances, and those killer JCPenney coupons.
Breaking News Alerts -You’d be forgiven for thinking every day this month is Black Friday. With Americans expected to spend an average of $935 on holiday shopping this year, retailers have been trying to lure shoppers in with sales all November. If you’ve made it this far without splurging on a new HDTV or drone, you’re in luck: Many retailers are offering better deals on Black Friday itself than they did in the weeks leading up to the big event, a NerdWallet study finds. Deals at Best Buy and JCPenney, for example, should be worth the wait.
A Black Friday survival tip: Research bargains now (see below) and stick to your list. “The stores are so crazy and busy that all your shopping strategies and research can go out the window,” says Courtney Jespersen, NerdWallet’s retail and shopping expert. Otherwise, she warns, if your top choices sell out, you might get roped into buying a different model that isn’t much of a bargain.
If you can help it, avoid physical stores altogether. “A lot of retailers are bringing their best deals online,” Jespersen says. And of course, just like last year, Cyber Monday will bring more deals. Still, check the fine print of any Black Friday ads you come across to make sure that you’ll actually be able to get the discount online. Start here: We’ve compiled a list of some of the best deals out there:
Best Buy (BBY): Black Friday sales begin at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and run until 1 a.m. Friday. Stores will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday offering the same deals.
eBay (EBAY): Like many retailers, eBay has deals available before Thanksgiving rolls around, but here are some you can get only on Black Friday itself.
Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer, Glass Carafe, and Cookbook (Model No. CF080Z): $79.99 (was $209.99)
Movado Museum Men’s and Women’s Quartz Watch: $199 (was $595)
Zero Gravity Chairs – Case Of 2 Lounge Patio Chairs: $39.99 (was $199.99)
Amazon.com (AMZN): Amazon is offering Black Friday deals all week, and more on Cyber Monday, particularly on its own items:
Amazon Echo: $139.99 (was $179.99)
TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (Model No. 32S3800): $125 (was $169.99)
Sears (SHLD): Sears stores open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (although some will remain closed, check with your local Sears location). Doors reopen for patrons at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Black Friday doorbusters available on sears.com on Thanksgiving all day, with free-shipping starting at 6 p.m.
GE Appliances Freestanding Gas Range (Model No. JGB660EEJES): $599.99 (was $899.99)
Kenmore 73045 25.6 cu. Ft French Door Refrigerator w/Bottom Freezer - Stainless Steel: $999.99 (was $2,199.99)
Xbox One S White 500GB Battlefield Bundle (Model No. 556478001): $249 (was $299)
Phantom 3 Standard Drone with 2.7K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal: $369 (was $499)
Kohl’s (KSS) Black Friday deals start in stores and online at 6 p.m. on Thursday and continue until 1 p.m. Friday. More than 500 deals available online beginning Monday.
Sony PlayStation 4 Slim (PS4) Uncharted 4 Bundle + $75 Kohl’s Cash: $249.99 (was $299)
Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Zoom Kit and $135 Kohl’s Cash: $449 (was $749.99)
Apple Watch Series 2 38mm plus $105 in Kohl’s Cash: $369 (no discount, but you get Kohl’s Cash)
Toys “R” Us will open Thursday night at 5 p.m. ET to midnight. Hours vary. Check out your local store’s hours here. Online deals start at 9 p.m.
In-store only deals:
Wild Thing by Power Wheels – Orange (Model No. 517013), Pink (Model No. 517018): $199.99 (was $299.99)
Odyssey Neptune FLX Rolling Quadcopter Drone with 3D VR Headset + Bonus X6 Nano Drone (Model No. 655366): $39.99 (was $79.99)
Big Backyard Premium Charleston Lodge Wood Swing Set (Model No. 410750): $799.99 (was $1,599.99)
J.C. Penney (JCP) will open at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Sales will be available on its Website starting midnight Wednesday, but in-store shoppers will be given coupons that will basically make some items free. The coupons will be for either $10 off any item that costs $10 or more, $100 off $100 or more, or $500 off $500 or more for purchases made in-store or online. Stores will pass out another round of coupons on Black Friday at 6 a.m. and will stay open until 11 p.m.
T-Mobile (TMUS) has several deals for Black Friday weekend beginning Thursday.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablet or LG Gpad X 8.0 is free with a 24-month financing agreement and an eligible data plan. Savings: about $150 for the Tab E and $240 for the LG Gpad X.
Samsung Galaxy S7 - Trade in a GS6, GS6 Edge, GS6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5 or an LG G5 for a free Galaxy S7, normally $689.99. The catch: you also need to sign up for a 24-month financing agreement.
Sprint (S) Pre-holiday deals on phones, tablets and accessories are available now online, in stores and if you call, but look for more beginning Thanksgiving Day.
HTC Bolt: Get the high-definition smartphone for 50% off Thursday and Friday, but only if you activate or upgrade service and sign up for a 24-month financing agreement. Available on online, by phone and at some stories.
Mophie powerstation mini 3000, $29.99 or $2.50 per month for 12 months.
LG Smart TV: 43-inch 4k UHD with webOS (usually $449) free if you buy an LG V20 at Sprint retail locations from Thursday through Sunday. To get the deal you also have to activate service, get a new line or upgrade with a 24-month financing plan.
LG 32-inch LED HD Smart TV (normally $199.99) free if you buy an LG G5, and activate, add or upgrade service with a 24-month financing plan.
Customers who sign up for Sprint’s Unlimited Freedom plan will get their third, fourth, and fifth lines of unlimited data, calling, and texting for free. You’d pay just $100 a month for a family of five. The deal goes live on Black Friday and continues through Dec. 1.
Books by Barron’s authors:
The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais — $10.28 paperback. Also available on Kindle for $10.99.
Richard Morais spins a yarn about a lowly Indian cook from Mumbai who becomes a three-star chef in Paris. An international bestseller, the book was adapted by DreamWorks into a 2014 movie starring Helen Mirren, and produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake.
Worth It… Not Worth It? Simple & Profitable Answers to Life’s Tough Financial Questions by Jack Otter — $17.92. Also available on Kindle for $12.99.
Jack Otter simplifies real-world financial dilemmas and breaks the answers down into simple “do this, not that” solutions. Six basic topics as seen on Fox and CBS include: Getting Started, Shelter, Automotive, Investing, Family Matters and Retirement. A great gift for recent grads, this book is the Swiss Army knife of personal finance.
The Indomitable Investor: Why a Few Succeed in the Stock Market When Everyone Else Fails by Steven M. Sears — $19.95 paperback. Also available on Kindle for $10.99.
Steven Sears gives a “how to” lesson on improving returns and avoiding losses with disciplines deployed by people who almost always do exactly the opposite of what Wall Street says to do.
Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme — $15.95 paperback. Also available on Kindle for $15.15. Nehme’s novel tells the story of a woman who seeks to uncover a long-forgotten silent film, and discovers a host of characters—including a love interest—along the way.