The best seasonal sales that aren’t Black Friday
Many American families have had to tighten their financial belts in 2022 due to inflation and soaring costs, including gas and energy. But the increase in spending on basic necessities does not translate into a decrease in spending during the holidays. In fact, a National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics survey of 2,000 consumers this fall showed that 62% of shoppers plan to prioritize celebrating the winter holidays with gifts and dating, even if it doesn’t fit perfectly in the budget.
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Instead, according to the organization, shoppers are ready to make changes – whether it’s saving money elsewhere, accepting temporary work, spending in their savings accounts, to sell unused items or even pay by credit card or via buy now, pay later services.
And those changes also include the way they shop for the holidays, with consumers looking for sales and discounts well ahead of this year’s Black Friday.
The NRF predicts holiday retail sales in November and December will be between 6% and 8% higher than in 2021 and will be between $942.6 billion and $960.4 billion. Last year, holiday sales reached a record $889.3 billion, the organization said.
“As consumers feel the pressure of inflation and rising prices, and although there is continued stratification with consumer spending and household behavior at different income levels, consumers remain resilient and continue to engage in commerce,” said Matthew Shay, President and CEO of NRF. , in a press release. “In the face of these challenges, many households will supplement their spending with savings and credit to provide a cushion and result in a positive holiday season.”
So how can buyers get their money’s worth? By looking for the best sales and promotions, which are indeed numerous even before Black Friday. With the holiday shopping fever, retailers are racing to come up with new deals. Here’s a look at some of the best seasonal sales that aren’t directly related to Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Walmart deals for days
Walmart has been so successful with its “Black Friday Deals for Days” in 2020 and 2021 that it’s returning for a third straight year. Until November 21, it offers new deals for days every week, starting every Monday. Walmart+ members can shop from noon to 7 p.m. ET each Monday, with online access for everyone starting at 7 p.m. The discounted items will be available in store the following Wednesday.
The events take place before the Black Friday promotions and the November savings will end on November 28 with Cyber Monday.
Walmart’s Nov. 7 deals included a Shark robot vacuum for $259 instead of $449.99 and a hoverboard for $79.99 instead of $128.
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Amazon Early Black Friday Deals
Amazon’s website already has a section dedicated to early Black Friday deals, and it features finds from the site’s departments. Whether someone on your shopping list wants a Keurig coffee maker, massage therapy gun, or costume, you can probably find it under the early Black Friday deals tab on the website. They’re updated daily, so if you ever see something you like, grab it. It might not be available at the next day price.
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can also access special members-only offers.
Fall Clothing Clearance Sale
“Clothing brands will eliminate these back-to-school looks to make way for winter wear, but fall clothes like sweaters and denim jackets make great holiday gifts, so grab these deals now. and check out a few items from your holiday shopping list early,” said shopping expert Andrea Woroch. “Don’t assume that the sale price is the best price, because you can find coupons to extend the discount further.”
home improvement hoopla
If things like power tools, smart home devices, or painting supplies are on someone’s wish list — or you just want to spruce up the house for a fun-filled vacation — Home Depot and Lowes are now hosting their Black Friday sales. The two home improvement giants will be running the promotions throughout November. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to shop.
Diamond purchase bonus
If you spend at least $25 on a purchase on Macys.com, you’ll have your choice of a diamond gift: either diamond cluster earrings or a matching 18-inch pendant necklace, set in sterling silver . Macy’s says it’s a $200 value, but they’re priced at $29.99 as a bonus buy. Both are 1/10 ct tw.
Until November 23, Sam’s Club members can enjoy instant savings at checkout with no coupons to cut. Savings apply to everyday items like diapers – $5 off per pack – to $40 off an electric toothbrush to $500 off a premium refrigerator.
Gifts for the home
Wayfair and its competitor, Overstock, are now celebrating the holiday season with Black Friday sales already hitting their websites. Both retailers have items listed up to 70% off. Shopping on the sites could get you a lot of gifts off your lists — from home decor to bed and bath to small appliances.
Keep up to date with future sales
Since retailers are constantly releasing new sales, staying in the know is key.
“One of the best ways to make sure you don’t miss important savings events for the holiday season is to sign up for email alerts and phone notifications from your favorite stores,” said Lisa Thompson, savings expert at Quotient, which runs Coupons.com. “You don’t know what you don’t know, do you?” For example, when a store has a “Friends and Family” sale or offers a BOGO deal. It’s also a good idea to follow your favorite brands on social media so you don’t miss out on offers advertised exclusively on these platforms.
Thompson offered the following pro tip: “Before you hit ‘Buy’, look for a coupon or promotional code. All. Only. Time,” she said. “It’s potentially free money waiting, and many stores allow you to stack discount codes.”
Consider store policies – it could save you money
If you find that a retailer has lowered the price of an item you purchased in-store or on their website, check to see if a price adjustment is offered. Target, for its part, is offering a low price guarantee through December 24, so you can shop with confidence. Ask about the policies of other stores.
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Nicole Spector contributed reporting for this article.
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