The holidays are quickly approaching and so are the deals on everything from smart home accessories to TVs to appliances to video game consoles. If you’re a serious shopper like me and looking for a great bargain, now is the time to start planning your purchases. Since virtually every store has some kind of promotion for Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), it can be pretty overwhelming to search through all of them to find the best ones.
Since I prefer to spend my dollars locally, I recommend that you also check out Big George's clearance site. They are often willing to price match any verified offer!
For Your Home
Buying new smart home technology and appliances can really put a dent in your wallet. If you’re lucky enough to time your purchase perfectly with Black Friday, then these deals are for you. Sears, Home Depot and JC Penney are all offering great savings on washer/dryer combos, refrigerators, and other small appliances, while Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s, and Amazon have some great discounts on smart home tech.
- ACE Hardware: The Nest Learning Thermostat will be on sale for $199 ($50 savings on its regular retail price)
- Best Buy: The Amazon Echo will be on sale for $140, a $40 discount
- Target: The Nest Cam for $149 ($50 discount on its regular retail price)
- Multiple stores: Several lines of iRobot Roomba vacuums are on sale at Kohl’s, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon
- Best Buy: Whirlpool French Door refrigerator in stainless steel for $999, a whopping $700 off.
- Sears: Kenmore washer and dryers priced at $274.99 each (which were regularly $539.99 each)
- Sears Outlet: 40% to 70% off major appliances
- Home Depot: Maytag Top Load Laundry Pair $499 each, a savings of $550.
- Best Buy: 39-inch Insignia 1080p smart Roku TV, $180 (in stores only)
- Best Buy: 49-inch Toshiba 4K with Chromecast, $200 (in stores only)
- Best Buy: 70-inch Vizio 4K smart UHD TV, $1,000 (in stores or online)
- Meijer (really!): Thursday only: Vizio 50-inch LED TV for $199, a $200 savings, plus $50 off your next visit
- Sears: 55-inch Samsung LED UHD TV - savings of $300 as it will be available for $599.99
- Target: HP Windows 10-based laptop for $260, a discount off its $400 regular retail price
- Best Buy: base 13-inch MacBook Air with Core i5, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage $799.99
- Best Buy: base 21.5-inch iMac (Core i5/8GB/1TB), $899.99
Bonus: Video Game Consoles, Tablets, Cameras and Other Gadgets
- Meijer: PlayStation 4 500 GB Uncharted Console Bundle for $249, savings of $50 plus $25 off your next visit
- Meijer: Nintendo 3DS Super Mario White and Black Editions for $99.99, regularly $199.99, Thursday only.
- Best Buy: Apple’s 32GB iPad Mini 2 with WiFi + Cellular will be available for $199. The tablet usually retails for $399
- Best Buy: Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera $449, a savings of $150
- Target: $151 discount on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a $126 discount on the iPad Air 2, and a $70 discount on the iPad Mini 2
- Target: $100 Samsung Galaxy Tab A, typically retails for $150
- Target: Fitbit Charge HR will be on sale for $90, a $40 discount on its regular price.
- Target: Apple Watch Series 1 will start at $198 ($72 savings) and the Apple Watch 42mm Space Black Stainless Steel is $250 off, on sale for $349.99.
- Target: Powerbeats wireless headphones for $90. They typically retail for $200.
- Target: GoPro Hero Session bundle for $180. The bundle typically costs $250.
- Best Buy, Target and Walmart all have varying deals on the iPhone: $250 gift card with qualifying iPhone purchase on installment plan through Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.
Amazon.com has one additional resource you should know about: its mobile app lets you mark upcoming sale items and be notified the moment the discounts hit.
For local deals on used gadgets and electronics, check Ann Arbor's craigslist.
As you can see, if you’re in the market for electronics or appliances, these Black Friday deals are just too good to miss! Many of these stores have identical—or very similar—deals on all of these big ticket items. Hopefully, this list will save you some time and help you have a plan in place to score these awesome bargains.