What Is Black Friday?
For deal-seekers and avid shoppers, Black Friday is the greatest shopping day of the year. Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States and offers the opportunity for shoppers to get started on their yearly holiday purchasing. Most stores offer unique and deep discounts on Black Friday and many open their stores at very early hours on this special day.
What Deals Can You Expect on Black Friday?
You can expect to find special offers, drastic discounts and potential freebies at pretty much every store under the sun on Black Friday. Retailers offer sales on everything from electronics to clothing to toys to home goods and even more. Be sure to sign up for your favorite store’s mobile app and email newsletter to stay in the know on the biggest deals for Black Friday. Here are just a few of the specials featured in years past.
For Black Friday discounts on electronics, Best Buy may be your best bet. In previous years, the store has offered special prices on such items as Roomba vacuums at $200 off retail, select high-end televisions, Ring doorbell kits and video games. Plus, you should be on the lookout for last-minute deals that will be released right before the Black Friday doors open.
Department stores such as Kohl’s often offer their deepest discounts as “Door-Busters” for the earliest customers. In years past, Kohl’s has given customers specials on electronics, clothing for the family, jewelry and more. They also offer Kohl’s Cash for customers who reach the necessary purchase threshold. These store dollars can then be redeemed at a later date during other sale events.
If you are looking to make a major home purchase, Black Friday may be the best time to check Lowe’s for major deals. Previously, Lowe’s has offered Black Friday discounts of up to $700 off select appliances, sales on power tools and other home improvement items, plus big savings on Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
Target has sales throughout all their departments on Black Friday. Past years have seen savings on kids’ items, board games at 50% off, HD Fire Tablets at up to $70 off retail and discounts on kitchen tools, clothes, shoes and more. Target has also offered customers free Target gift cards in varying amounts up to $400 with qualifying Black Friday purchases.
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Budget-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Black Friday
Besides the obvious sale events throughout your favorite stores, there may be other ways you can tend to your budget while you hit the town to shop on Black Friday.
Pack some snacks
You can anticipate long lines and lots of waiting and walking on your Black Friday shopping excursion, so don’t be caught unprepared when your stomach starts to growl. Pack some water bottles and essential munchies to help prevent breaking the bank on potentially over-priced food establishments along your shopping path.
Do your research and make a plan
While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is often easy to get overly anxious for those big deals while visiting the various stores, which could cause you to make an impulse buy. Before you begin your shopping trip, have a hard copy list of what you are hoping to purchase. Then, do the research in the days leading up to Black Friday to find the stores with the best deals on those items. And, finally, plan your route to ensure you get to the priority items early in the day before they are sold out.
Fun DIY Activities for Black Friday
Many avid shoppers see Black Friday as a big yearly celebration or even a team sport, and there are plenty of ways to commemorate the day. Often, groups will make up special T-shirts for the day in celebration of their sale-stalking outing together. And if you are shopping with folks from your local area, you might consider planning a late lunch finale meal at one of your homes to cap off the day and give you some time to decompress from the stress of the stores. Just get creative with your team to keep it fun while you are scouting out all those big discounts.
What Is the History of Black Friday?
The Friday after Thanksgiving has traditionally been seen in the United States as the beginning of the busy holiday shopping season. Some claim the term Black Friday was coined in the 1960s by local police in Philadelphia to describe the congested roads and heavy foot traffic throughout the stores on the day after Thanksgiving. The phrase Black Friday has also been embraced by retailers as they saw the big sales on this day as an opportunity to cash in on shoppers and get their businesses back “in the black” financially.
Frequently Asked Questions About Black Friday
Is there a Black Friday?
Yes, Black Friday is observed each year in the United States.
Why is Black Friday celebrated?
As the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday allows retailers to draw in large numbers of customers with big sales and savings events.
On which day is Black Friday celebrated?
Black Friday happens the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, so the exact date varies each year.