When is Black Friday 2020? And Will it Be Different This Year?

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Black Friday will be here before you know it, but will it be online?! 

Wondering when Black Friday 2020 is happening? This year, the big shopping event is on November 27th. Even though things will look different in 2020 due to COVID-19, we know that there will still be plenty of deals to be had, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

For as long as we can remember, the day after Thanksgiving has been dedicated to waking up early and braving the crowds. While it’s not for everyone, it’s normally something we look forward to all year long here at Hip2Save! This year, Black Friday will be uncharted territory as we expect our focus to shift toward the deals online.

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Since Black Friday was designed to draw big crowds of people out to the stores, we can’t imagine how that will continue this year. With more of the deals being offered online instead, we’re expecting to see some new features like curbside pickup. There’s also speculation that the online Black Friday deals will start much earlier this year too, so get ready!

Either way, we’re still excited about all of the upcoming Black Friday 2020 deals, and it’s time to start prepping now! Sure, November 27th may seem like quite a long time away, but we all know how quickly the end of summer flies by now that school is back in session. Before you know it, the seasonal shopping frenzy will be in full swing!

Be sure to bookmark this page, as this is where all the best Black Friday deals will be!

How to start preparing for Black Friday now.

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1. Make note of store hours.

Even though we expect lots of the deals to be found online this year, some retailers may still be open on Black Friday for those who prefer to do their shopping in person. We haven’t heard of any retailers closing their doors on Black Friday yet, but we do expect that the store hours of popular retailers will likely be different from last year’s.

This year, several major retailers including Target and Walmart have already announced their plans to close on Thanksgiving, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see other stores following this trend. Here is the list of retailers that we already know will be closed on Thanksgiving in 2020.

Don't miss a beat this Black Friday! Bookmark this page!

2. Follow our best practices for the optimal shopping experience.

From knowing where all the best deals are to mastering basic Black Friday etiquette, it’s best to know all of the do’s and don’ts if you’re heading out this year (should retailers be allowing in-store shopping). Stay informed and learn how to avoid the most common Black Friday pitfalls!

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3. Be aware of the things NOT to buy during Black Friday.

You read that right—certain purchases are best saved for alternative shopping cycles throughout the year rather than going all out on Black Friday. Here are 10 items items we don’t think you should buy during Black Friday. However, certain categories like appliances and gaming consoles are consistently hot buys at this time of year!

Opening Walmart Black Friday Ad

4. Keep an eye out for your favorite store’s ad scan.

It’s likely that the store ads for Black Friday will be released around the same time they came out last year or even sooner. This means that we may see some of the ad scans leaked even earlier than they were last year! Check out last year’s ad scan release predictions, and bookmark this page to see the all hottest deals as they’re released!

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5. Save money now to beef up your Black Friday spending budget.

There’s a lot of saving to be done over the next 4 months, so with the help of these clever tips to save and even some ways to make money, you can build up your Black Friday budget before the deals begin!

Bookmark our Black Friday page for updates on ad scans, hot deals, shopping tips, and more!

Join The Discussion

Comments 16

  1. catmom

    Why wouldn’t we?

  2. SuzyHomemakerGoneBad

    I had an interesting discussion with a gentleman who works in the electronics department of a very large store. He says that Covid-19 has caused a TV shortage, especially with the non-name brands, and he wasn’t sure if it would be better by Black Friday. Not great timing for us, as we had two TVs break on us this month!

    • silverfanatic

      I’ve heard the same regarding other technology. I work in a school; computers and other items are taking a long time to get parts and repairs due to COVID.

    • animity

      We heard the same thing. Computers and printers have sky rocketed in price!

      • Clestina

        Can confirm.on the printer! My work printer needed to be replaced and nobody had printers and I mean nobody! Stapkes got a few temporary in stock and I snagged one after weeks of trying. And yes expensive. Also then it got caught up in the mail.

  3. Evie

    It is not just TVs. There are shortages and supply problems everywhere. A lot of stores cannot get enough junk, I mean merchandise to fill their shelves.
    A tv shortage? Wow, maybe many will wise up without the steady stream of propaganda.

  4. Brooke

    Honestly I have shifted most of my money to be spent at local, small businesses and that will continue. But the few things I am looking forward to getting cheap are the small appliances kohl’s and penny’s usually have for $5 after rebates. I moved across the country and left my others back at home and my very small one bedroom apartment doesn’t have the counter space for a full size blender or mixer! I’m hoping I can snag them to be shipped as I won’t be shopping in store this year on BF, first time I think ever for me.

  5. K

    Target has always had order pickup (for the past couple of years) for most Black Friday deals… way easier to snag door busters that way 😄 like sooo much easier to order the cheap DVDs and iPads and just pick them up at guest service rather than wait in line or fight the crowds

  6. Dee

    Shipping containers are expensive because of “trade deals”. If you see a bike or electronics you need, get it now. Even tires for vehicles.

    • getitwhileyoucan

      Oh my goodness, yes to all this! If really need it don’t hesitate. It is only going to get worse.

  7. Ellen

    I was happy for the employees at the stores that said they will be “closed” on Thanksgiving Day until I talked to some employees at Kohls congratulating them on getting off for the holiday and they said “oh no, we won’t be off. The store is technicality closed to the public but we will be here filling online orders…” Kohls gets to look good but employees still have to work Thanksgiving Day.

  8. Danielle

    Our dishwasher broke at the beginning of July. We ordered a dishwasher that would come MID AUGUST. all other were mid-end of October. 4 days before delivery, they pushed it out another 3 weeks. We got it last week, thank goodness! Two full months without a dishwasher was crazy! I am beginning to think I need to do Christmas gifts extra early this for due to the Pandemic so Santa can still come.. a little magic during this craziness….

    • Aubrey

      I agree Danielle! My husband owns appliance stores and he said this year has been crazy with backorders. Both parts and products are so behind and some brands can’t even give a delivery window right now. It’s led to a lot of angry customers but he does understand. I have been Christmas shopping online already because I’m scared the longer I wait, the longer items will take to get here or be on backorder. When COVID first happened I had to get birthday gifts and things from the grocery or Target because it was all that was open & shipping times were delayed so much. I don’t want to do that for Christmas so versus standing in line waiting to go into a store, I’d rather do it all early and not have to worry or deal with the lines!

      • Sparrowfly

        We ordered a dishwasher that said in stock and sent us a confirmation pick up ready notice on May 5. When my husband arrived to pick it up, they said it was the floor model, and they could not sell it. I call once a week, and still don’t have it. 4 months….hand washing dishes….with rheumatoid arthritis. First world problems, but I will never ever ever buy from Brandsmart again.

    • frugal-fit-sexy

      So true, we just started Xmas shopping, especially for the kids expensive video games an TV’s. We don’t want to miss out or the possibility of a shortage.

  9. Melissa long

    We are wanting the new Xbox should I preorder? Or do You think there would be a bundle on sale on Black Friday??

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