How to navigate Black Friday deals in 2021
*Please note: If you choose to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday be sure to follow CDC guidelines for staying safe.
Black Friday shopping will be different again this year due to COVID-19, but many retailers are ready for the holiday sales season!
Many, like Walmart, will be offering deals online and in stores during events in November to help cut back on Black Friday crowds, and reduce the spread of the virus.
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Shipping experts are recommending that you start holiday shopping early, even before the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales begin, due to a record backlog of cargo ships in the nations' ports.
Retailers are offering contactless curbside pickup, so you won't even have to go into the store! Depending on demand, you may have to sign up and wait for a pickup time.
Check your local retailers before heading out as sales and times are subject to change, and follow COVID-19 guidelines.
Start planning your shopping list below:
Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works will have plenty of deals. This year will again put together an exclusive Black Friday box.
Click here to see how Bath & Body Works stores are keeping everyone safe.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond has 1,000s deals online for Black Friday. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
This year, Best Buy is offering a Black Friday price guarantee.
To activate the price guarantee, customers need to sign in or sign up for a Best Buy Totaltech or My Best Buy membership. When you are signed in, and purchase an item marked “Black Friday Prices Guaranteed” and its price goes lower than your purchase price prior to Nov. 26, 2021, you will automatically receive a refund for the difference.
Shoppers will have more ways than ever to get their hands on their gifts safely, including contactless curbside pickup and same-day delivery.
Best Buy will keep stores closed Thanksgiving Day, and offer many of its Black Friday deals online for the second year in a row.
It will also have safety policies in place at stores to ensure customers are shopping safely this holiday. Click here to see how Best Buy stores are keeping everyone safe.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ’s Wholesale Club announced key dates and deals from their upcoming Black Friday events. The full press release can be found HERE.
· Early Bird Savings: available Nov. 4 – Nov. 29, 2021, while supplies last
· Black Friday Savings: available Nov. 16 – Nov. 29, 2021, while supplies last
· 5-Day Deals: available Nov. 25 – Nov. 29, 2021, while supplies last
· Cyber Week: begins Cyber Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, while supplies last
Stores will close on Thanksgiving. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
Costco is offering holiday deals online and in the warehouse. Stores will close on Thanksgiving. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
CVS will open regular store hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday (check your local pharmacy.)
Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods will have deals both in store and online. They also have an option to buy online and pick up in store. The retailer is closed on Thanksgiving. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
Five Below is closed on Thanksgiving, and open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. Check out the retailers' holiday shop must haves and deals here.
GameStop’s will have deals in store and online. Check out your local store for Black Friday hours.
Check your local Hobby Lobby store for Black Friday hours.
Sales at Home Depot will run through December both online and in store. Take a look at all their Black Friday deals here.
For the most seamless Black Friday shopping experience, download The Home Depot product locator app. The Home Depot product locator app displays a map of the store, the exact aisle location and the current inventory available for the items you’re looking for. The app is a great way to prepare for Black Friday and find items on your list faster with less hassle.
The stores are closed on Thanksgiving. Check out its store locator to find Black Friday hours for your local store.
The retailer also offers contact-free curbside pickup.
Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, and open on Black Friday.
The retailer offers contactless drive-up pickup at select stores. You can also pick up your order in 1 hour or less, or ship it to the store and pick it up when it arrives.
Lowe's started rolling out deals Oct. 28 through December.
Just like last year, Lowe's announced its stores will be closed on Thanksgiving "to help associates and customers spend the day with their loved ones." Check out the store locator for Black Friday hours.
The home improvement store is offering seamless pickup options, including buy online, pickup in store or curbside, new contactless self-service pickup lockers and direct-to-home delivery to make the shopping experience more flexible and convenient.
Macy’s Black Friday deals begin Nov. 23. You can shop most specials both online and at the stores. Click here for more on the deals.
This year, Macy's teamed up with Geoffrey from Toys”R”Us to find the toys every kid will love. Here's the list.
Check out the store locator for Black Friday hours.
The retailer has safety policies in place at stores to ensure customers are shopping safely this holiday. Click here to see how Macy’s stores are keeping everyone safe.
Michaels is offering Black Friday sales in both store and online. The retailer offers curbside pickup or home delivery. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
Neiman Marcus will have online and in stores deals. You'll find shoes, fashion, gifts, handbags and more, plus Black Friday sale savings and special Black Friday offers. Click here for more on their deals.
Check your local Neiman Marcus store for Black Friday hours.
New York & Company
New York & Company is offering 50%-80% discounts for Black Friday. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
Old Navy has Black Friday discounts in both stores and online. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
P.C. Richard & Son
P.C. Richard & Son will close on Thanksgiving. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
Click here to see Petco’s Black Friday deals. Deals will be available both online and in store during a four-day event. Click here to see how Petco is keeping customers and pets safe.
Check your local PetSmart store for Black Friday hours. The retailer is offering discounts in both store and online.
Rite Aid will open regular store hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday (check your local pharmacy.)
Sears is offering deals online and in store. Click here for deals.
Target is offering Black Friday deals throughout the entire month of November. Deals will span the home, apparel and accessories, and electronics categories, among others, and these discounts will be available both in-stores and on its website.
Target is offering Holiday Price Match Guarantee. Target purchases made between Oct. 10 and Dec. 24 will qualify for a price adjustment if the Target price goes down any time on or before Dec. 24. Some exclusions apply. Learn more here.
Target will keep its stores closed again for Thanksgiving 2021. Check out the store locator for Black Friday hours.
Target increased its COVID-19 safety measures and cleaning routines. Click here to more about the stores safety efforts.
Walgreens will open regular store hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday (check your local pharmacy.)
After positive customer feedback for Walmart’s reinvented Black Friday shopping experience in 2020, the retailer announced the return of its month-long savings event, “Black Friday Deals for Days.”
Event 1 - Deals begin online Nov. 3 and continue in stores Nov. 5.
Event 2 - Deals begin online Nov. 10 and continue in stores Nov. 12.
Event 3 - Walmart will wrap up a month of savings with a third event that will bring its biggest, best savings of the season for the most exciting shopping day of the year.
This year, Walmart will be closed on Thanksgiving. Check your local store for hours on Black Friday.
Walmart store safety:
Walmart is offering more convenient and safer ways to shop Black Friday, whether that’s at the stores, ordering online and picking it up curbside, or having it delivered to your front door.