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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.

Best Buy

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.

Kohl’s

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.

Lowe’s

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

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.

Priceline

Ready to travel? Priceline is having a huge sale, exclusive to CouponFollow readers, where you’ll save 5% off Express Deals and select Pay Now Hotels through 12/31 with code COUPONFOLLOW21!

UberEats

Save $25 off if you’re a new customer with code VETERANS and have your next meal delivered right to your door. Treat yourself!

CanvasPrints

This is the best place to get all your personalized gifts for the holidays. Use our exclusive code NEXTGEN125 for $27 off any purchase of $125 or more!

Boll & Branch

If you're looking to cozy up your bed this winter, Boll & Branch has you covered! Soft, organic sheets and comfy cotton bedding that feels luxurious. Use code 20SOFTEST for 20% off orders $400 or more.

Tipsy Elves

Looking for ugly Christmas sweaters or cute holiday apparel? Tipsy Elves is the go-to for holiday fun! Use code CF20OFF for 20% off your order.

Trip.com

If you need to book a hotel, Trip.com has your back, with 5% off all hotel bookings with code HOTELECL5.

Petmate

Your doggos and kitties need Black Friday coupons too, so try Petmate to get them what they need this holiday season. Use code CFQ4 for 15% off orders $49 and up.

Volcanica Coffee

Delicious dark roasts and decadent decafs? Yes, please! Get your coffee fix at Volcanica and save 20% off the dark roast collection with code DARK21 from 11/26-11/29.

Paint Your Life

Get a hand-painted portrait of your loved one from a real artist and show those in your family you love them. Save $65 off with code BLACKFRIDAY65 from November 24-27 only.

Smartass & Sass

Snark and sarcasm, delivered monthly, with 8-9 hand-curated items like face masks, clutches, decor, socks, and so much more. Use code BLKFRIYAY for 30% off first-time subscribers from 11/22-11/29 only.

Missguided

Save 15% off all purchases, on top of any sitewide sales, with code NEXTGEN through 11/30 only.

Rawlings

Save 10% on your purchase with our exclusive code CF10RSG!

Gift Tree

Black Friday sale! For a limited time only, get $20 off of your purchase. No minimum spend required.

Threadless

Save big with free shipping when you spend $45 or more (free shipping is normally $99+, so this is a great deal!) with code CFCyberWeek from 11/24-11/29. You can stack this with their Black Friday promotion of $10 tees and up to 30% off as well for even bigger savings.

Appliances Connection

Shop for top name brands with massive discounts, including an extra 5% off with code Cfollow5.

Better World Books

Buy any three or more used books and get 20% off your order with exclusive code BLACKFRI!

eLuxury

Valid for one day only! Take 20% off of your purchase with code CFBF20!

Instacart

Get your holiday shopping delivered in about 1-2 hours, and get free delivery on your first order of $10+. PLUS, save $10 off your first order of $20+ with code TGIVING10, $20 off first delivery of $30+ with code TGIVING20, and $30 off first delivery of $50+ with code TGIVING30 from 11/22-11/28 only!

Edible Arrangements

Save $10 off purchases $59+ or more with code FOLLOW10.

ChowBus

$20 off orders of $40 or more with code COUPONFOLLOW.

Winc

Need wine? Don’t we all! Take 35% off with code FOLLOW35.

SliceLife

Don’t want to cook? Get local pizza delivered from your favorite pizzerias and save $5 off your first 3 orders with code HUNGRYX3.

Milkbar

Enjoy next day delivery with Milkbar, PLUS get 15% off of any order of $70 or more with our exclusive code COUPONFOLLOW! Order today.

JoyJolt

Save 25% off everything, like gorgeous barware or drinkware, with code BF25 from 11/22-12/7 only.

Stuhrling

Save an additional 30% off all full priced items with code BFCM30CF21 from 11/26-12/25 only.

Hockey World

Save an additional 20% off all clearance items with code BLKFRIDAY from 11/25-11/28!

Juice Beauty

Save 25% off all best sellers and get free shipping with code BF2021CF from 11/25-11/28.

Glasses Shop

Get your eyewear 40% off + free shipping on orders $29 or more with code BFCM30 from 11/19-12/3 only.

Gourmesso

Save20% off all Espresso Capsule purchases of $50+ with code CFBLFR2021 from 11/26-12/3.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Use code BLACK-FRIDAY21 for 50% off Britannica Kids memberships, from 11/24-12/1 only.

Drizly

Need a drink after all your shopping? Save $10 off $40 with code FALL10 and have alcohol delivered directly to you.

CreativeLive

Save an additional $5 off any order of $18 or more with code COUPONFOLLOW5, plus stack this exclusive coupon with sitewide discounts too!

Local stores

Be sure to check out local small businesses and retail establishments during the Black Friday weekend to find unique deals and savings on items you need that are close to home. Boutiques, local service providers, bakeries, auto shops and others may be able to give you a great deal on this unique shopping day, so watch social media and local information pages to find out about these sales.

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.

about the author

Tiara Rea-Palmer
As an expert in online savings and an avid deal enthusiast, Tiara heads up retail relations at CouponFollow, where she stays up-to-date on all the best deals, discounts, and freebies, as well as negotiates exclusive coupons and offers for CouponFollow users. In her free time, you can find Tiara writing, DIY crafting on a budget, and traveling with free rewards card miles.