How to Prepare for a Successful Black Friday

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Black Friday is almost here, but don’t wait until that week to plan. We’ve gathered a list of the ads that have already leaked, a few of the shipping offers and some great shopping tips! Here is how to prepare for a successful Black Friday:

Stores who have already had their Black Friday ads leaked.

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  • Ace Hardware
  • Aeropostale
  • Amazon
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Belk
  • Best Buy
  • Big Lots
  • Big Lots
  • BJ’s Wholesale
  • Cabela’s
  • Claire’s
  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Dell
  • Dell
  • DICK’s Sporting Goods
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • eBay
  • Family Dollar
  • Five Below
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s
  • Goody’s
  • Guitar Center
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Home Depot
  • HP
  • JCPenny
  • Jo-Ann
  • Kmart
  • Kohl’s
  • LEGO
  • Lenovo
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Michaels
  • Microsoft Store
  • Navy Exchange
  • Newegg
  • Old Navy
  • Payless Shoes
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Rite Aid
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sears
  • Stein Mart
  • Target
  • ULTA
  • Walgreens

Stores already offering shipping deals

Target, Dell, Microsoft and HP: No minimum purchase stores
Amazon: Free Shipping on eligible orders over $25
Macy’s: Free Shipping with a purchase of $49 or more.
Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, and LEGO: Free shipping on orders over $50

Black Friday Tips

  1. Compare In-Store and Online Prices. Try not to let the change from everyday prices sway you into buying into Black Friday deals. While they can offer deep discounts, not all deals are that amazing. So it is worth checking online for better deals in-store and online for the same items. However, online stores may have additional shipping costs, so take that into account as well.
  2. Check Shipping Charges. Many stores will offer great shipping deals, and it is worth taking advantage of them. While one online retailer might offer free standard shipping (which can take longer), another store might offer free 2-day shipping on orders $50 or more.
  3. Make a List of when different retailers are putting things the items you want on sale. With sales starting earlier in the week and often lasting even a few days later, it can get confusing. But by making a list, with the prices, you can be sure you are maximizing your shopping time and dollars. You may find that one store has an item at a slightly lower price but you it’s the only item you want that day. So paying a few dollars more at another store you’re already shopping will actually save you money.
  4. Search for Coupons. Many of the retailers offer coupons for online sales or their in-store sales. You can find often find these coupons on the retailer’s website or in the Black Friday ad itself. Also, check out the retailer’s app too; many stores will offer the coupons through their app or have additional coupons for use.
  5. Don’t Forget the Cash Back. When shopping online, you can save even more by activating cash back through This lowers your overall spend even further when you get your cash back.


Looking for more Black Friday savings? Check these out:

Microsoft's Black Friday Sneak Peek

Kohl's Offers Big Savings for Black Friday

Amazon's Countdown to Black Friday

JCPenney Unveils Black Friday Ad

Walmart Offers Huge Black Friday Savings

Written by Josh Elledge - Chief Executive Angel

Josh Elledge Consumer Savings Expert and Founder/Chief Executive Angel,®

Josh Elledge is on a mission to help Americans save money and time so they can give. He is Founder and Chief Executive Angel of®, which was created to bolster the buying power of the average U.S. family by combining technology, coupons and smart thinking for extreme savings on household consumables and everyday items.

Through his work with, Elledge has emerged as one of the nation's leading experts on consumer savings appearing in the media more than 2,000 times!


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