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Everything You Need to Know When Shopping Walmart on Black Friday

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It’s the shopping event we have waited for all year!

Who else is gearing up for Black Friday? One of the major retailers of the event, Walmart, wows us every year with incredible doorbuster sales and special buys, so we expect this year will be no different. To help save you time and money, we’re sharing our best 2019 Walmart Black Friday shopping tips!

1. Plan for the ad scan leak around November 12th.

Walmart Black Friday Ad 2018

Last year’s Walmart Black Friday ad scan was released on November 11th, so we’re thinking Walmart’s 2019 Black Friday shopping ad will be released around November 13th to the 15th. Be sure to bookmark our Black Friday deals page so you’ll be the first to see when their ad goes live!

2. Make note of last year’s hottest deals.


While there were quite a few deals for Black Friday 2018, some standouts were:

While some deals are already available online (like this Google Home Mini), expect even more awesome Black Friday deals to be available the day that their Black Friday ad is released!

3. Shoot for 50% off when determining good deals.

Black Friday 2018 Walmart deals

You can see from our highlighted 2018 Black Friday deals listed above, 50% off and beyond should be your threshold for determining the hottest deals. We’re not saying other promotions aren’t a good value, but these should be the items you scope out first to avoid inventory running out.

A special case can be made for Apple products as this brand rarely has steep discounts. Instead, aim for 25% off or check to see if a high value gift card or bonus item is included with purchase.

4. Check what’s available online to avoid the store.

Things not to buy on Black Friday - Collin with laptop

If you’re like me, fighting Walmart crowds is not my jam. But luckily, you can likely score the same deals on as long as they’re not a “Special Buy” item! But take caution as the sell-out risk of online inventory is incredibly high so you could end up at the store regardless if you really want that item.

For the best chance at the hottest deals, set your alarm for midnight on Thanksgiving Day for your online shopping. Then for the Special Buys that you couldn’t score online, plan to head to the store as soon as doors open on Thanksgiving evening at 6 PM.

5. Take advantage of the One-Hour Guarantee.


According to Walmart, they’re bringing back their One-Hour Guarantee on Black Friday where you can score amazing deals on select items during that one hour period. This guarantees you can purchase certain items at the guaranteed price for one hour after the event start time.

If they run out of the physical merchandise during this time, you have the option to pay for the item(s) up front and they will be delivered to your store on or before Christmas when you register your receipt online.

The best part? This year they are offering a whopping 21 One-Hour Guarantee items, compared to the mere 3 items they had last year! 😱

6. Make your plan of attack with their color-coded map.


On Black Friday, items aren’t always in their usual areas. Setting up the store for Black Friday shopping is no easy task—and neither is navigating it unless you employ the help of their digital map.

Last year, the retailer broke down product categories into colors and made the map available weeks before the big day, giving you plenty of time to plan out your shopping route.

Access the map via the Black Friday circular on the Walmart app, select an item, and its location will appear on the Black Friday Store Map. If you have any trouble locating each section, look for the color-coded balloons to help guide you to the deals.

7. Skip the long checkout lines with store associates.

customer using Check Out With Me service at Walmart

In 2018, Walmart made cashing out a breeze by having “Check Out with Me” Associates stationed throughout the store made highly visible by wearing bright yellow vests. They acted as mobile checkout personnel helping you avoid waiting in long lines at the front of the store.

Hopefully, they’ll have the same systems in place to make the check-out process just as easy this year!

7. Opt for In-Store Pickup to save on shipping.

Walmart Pickup Tower

Shopping online? You can score free shipping on orders of $35 or more, but if you’re only wanting one Black Friday online deal that falls below the $35 free shipping threshold, select in-store pickup instead to avoid having to pay the cost of delivery.

8. Return merchandise with Mobile Express Returns.

Walmart Customer Service

One perk of shopping online during Black Friday is the ability to use Mobile Express Returns, which allows you to return online items sold and shipped by Walmart and select in-store purchases.

You can start the return from your mobile device then finish the return in-store. That means you’ll be able to avoid any long lines at customer service—just walk up, scan your phone, and leave your item at the cash wrap. Sweet!

Also, many items purchased between October 24th, 2019 and December 25th, 2019 have an extended return time frame allowing more flexibility to return unwanted items.

For instance, if the return window is usually 14 days, the new return by date will be January 10th, 2020. If the return window is normally 30 days, the new return by date will be January 25th, 2020. There will be no change to items under the 90-day return window.

9. Get familiar with Walmart’s Black Friday events.

woman shopping the holiday section at Walmart

Not only does Walmart offer loads of Black Friday deals, but they also host various Black Friday events each year. For 2019, the events start at 6 PM and 8 PM on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 and 8 AM on Friday, November 29th, 2019.

We don’t know the details of this year’s events quite yet, but last year they gave away millions of cups of free coffee and cookies to help get shoppers into the holiday spirit! Keep in mind these events bring in the most traffic so get ready to be among lots of other eager Walmart shoppers!

Head here to check out all of the latest Walmart deals!

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Comments 8

  1. peretz12

    When you say to set the alarms for midnight on Thanksgiving for online shopping, you mean early Thanksgiving Day right? Not early morning of Black Friday?

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Yes, midnight on Thanksgiving. Hope that helps!

  2. S

    When is Walmart gonna release their Black Friday ad?! The suspense is killing me!

      • Julie Day

        I saw it last night on the Walmart website. I saw the leaked version a week ago, and it had a Homes And Gardens 23 piece set of mixing bowls and bakeware in the turquoise color for $9.99. It isn’t in the ad I saw on their website last night which is disappointing because I really wanted it. They have silver and black sets on their website for the same price but everything is out of stock. It is in store only as well.

  3. Stephie

    I have a few additional in-store shopping tips =D If possible, have someone drop you off because parking will be next to impossible (if you have a second vehicle you can leave in the lot beforehand that works too lol). Bring either a kids stroller or reusable shopping bags because it is a fight to get a buggy if you’re not there early early.

  4. Sue

    I don’t feel safe anymore shopping at any Walmart stores on Black Friday in my area. (Seattle)

    • Julie

      I never go in the first five hours or so anymore. Every time I go much later all of the things I wanted to buy are still there. Plus the stores are practically empty and there are no lines at checkout. I do the same thing at Target. You will miss out on the crazy doorbuster stuff that people trample each over though. But you can try to get that stuff online at 12:01 a.m. if I am reading the information correctly. Maybe not, but it’s just not worth it.

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