Black Friday Cheat Sheet: How to Get the Best Deals Possible

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The Black Friday Deals are already upon us, with huge savings to be made from AmazonAnd the targetingAnd the Walmart and other retailers. Here at CNET, we’ve rounded up the deals available so far, and rounded up some of our best links and tips here to jump-start your shopping experience.

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We’ll walk you through several easy ways to make the most of Black Friday, from budget tips to looking for Black Friday ads. Once you’re in the know on all things Black Friday, be sure to check it out Easy ways to save on shippingAnd the How to send holiday gifts through amazon And our guide to Thanksgiving store hours.

But before we get to that, let’s load up on the range of deals and shopping options that are actually available.

Where to start: The best Black Friday deals

The best Black Friday deals so farYour first destination for the latest and best deals we’ve found so far.

Black Friday deals live blog: This story is updated periodically at the moment, but we’ll start working on it closer to Thanksgiving.

The best Black Friday deals under $25We round up the best options under $25. Check back later for the best deals under $50 and $100.

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The best Black Friday deals from the store

Do you have a favorite store? We’ve got plenty of in-store deal reports to get you started.

More Amazon tips and deals:

The best Black Friday deals by topic

We’re actively updating our “Evergreen” deal stories to include them in the latest and greatest early Black Friday deals.

  • Best TV deals of 2022: Save up to $1,500 on TVs from LG, Samsung, and more
  • Best 4K TV Deals: Up to $700 off Samsung, LG, Sony, and TCL TVs
  • Best Black Friday laptop deals 2022: 13 great deals from Apple, HP, Amazon, and more
  • Best 3D Printer Deals: Great Printers at Great Prices
  • Best Apple TV deals: Apple TV 4K from just $99, HD from $59
  • Best Roku hardware deals: Roku Streaming Stick 4K $25, Roku Ultra $70
  • Best Black Friday deals on earphones and headphones: Save big on Sony, Bose, AirPods, and more
  • Best Sonos Black Friday deals: Early discounts on Roam speakers, Arc, and more
  • Best Chromebook deals: 10 Black Friday picks from Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung
  • The best early Black Friday iPad deals: The latest iPad at an all-time low
  • Best early Black Friday AirPods deals: Save $19 on the latest AirPods, $99 on AirPods Max and more
  • Best Apple Watch early Black Friday deals: Save $50 on Series 8, up to $160 on Series 7
  • The best Nintendo Switch bundles and deals
  • Best MacBook Deals: Save $150 on the M2 MacBook Air, $200 on the M2 MacBook Pro, and more
  • The best air fryer deals right now
  • Best Keurig Deals: Save $50 on the K-Classic, $40 on the K-Mini, and more
  • Best Black Friday robot vacuum deals: Save hundreds on Roomba, Roborock, Eufy, and more
  • Best Black Friday smart thermostat deals: Emerson, Google Nest, Ecobee, and more
  • Best Black Friday bedding deals: Big savings on Casper, Helix, Purple, and more
  • Black Friday Fitness Deals: Save on Peloton, Apple Watch, Garmin, Nike, and more
  • Best Black Friday deals on adjustable dumbbells: Bowflex, PowerBlock, Jaxjox, and more

got all this? Good. Now let’s talk about some general Black Friday shopping tips.

Set a budget and set money aside

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or shopping for gifts for friends and family, the holiday shopping season seems to come up really fast every year. Therefore, it’s wise to budget for it throughout the year so you don’t put a heavy burden on your last few paychecks of the year.

With many Black Friday sales already underway (see above) and a general state of economic anxiety (eg Thousands of layoffs in the technology sector and elsewhere), you need to be more judicious than ever about spending limits. It’s a good idea to set a maximum that you’re willing to spend in full and then track your spending throughout the event. It’s easy to get swept up in excitement when deals go live and not pay enough attention to how much you spend, but this self-responsibility will be key to avoiding overspending.

Decide what you want to buy and check prices now

While a lot of Black Friday shopping is impulse-driven, the most effective way to shop is to try to set purchasing goals in advance and build a list. There are several reasons why this approach is better. Firstly, you can evaluate prices now which helps you with your budget and saving goals. Doing your research now also helps you figure out what’s actually a good deal worth buying during the event or if the “sale” price isn’t too far off the regular price of the product.

During the Black Friday sale, you can also work through the list you’ve made to get everything you need in an organized manner while doing your best to avoid wasting money on impulse purchases.

Read as many Black Friday ads as you can before the event

Part of your research prior to the event should include checking as many as possible Black Friday ad scan You can also. Not only is this the best way to catch a glimpse of upcoming deals during the event, but you’ll also be able to budget more effectively and shop more efficiently if you know the best prices.

Shop the early sale now or plan for a shipping delay

As we mentioned upfront, don’t wait for Black Friday Black Friday sales before they start — plenty of them are already out! If you can lock in a low price now, not only will it help spread the cost, but it may also help you avoid major shipping delays, or avoid missing out on a deal altogether later. For the difference of a few dollars between now and Black Friday, it might be worth snagging on the things you need right now. If you don’t need things urgently, it may suit you to wait a little longer.

Early Black Friday sales:

Compare prices with the CNET shopping supplement

Is this Black Friday “deal” really a deal? Instead of looking up prices on Amazon’s retail competitors one by one, do so instantly with a price comparison extension for your web browser. There are several on the market, but CNET now has its own in-house extension: CNET Shopping (formerly PriceBlink). It works across a range of retailers and can show you the current best deal, price history for select items, coupons for retailers that can help you add to your savings and more.

The best part of it all? The extension is completely free. Try it now on Google Chrome.

Follow the CNET Deals team

The CNET Deals team will keep you updated on all the best deals between now and Black Friday, so check back Follow the team on Twitter and sign up for the CNET Deals newsletter. We have plenty of other shopping tips for you, such as How to save on used electronics and the The best perks from Amazon Prime.

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