Early Black Friday Deals Are Already Here for 2021—Here’s What You Need to Know

Black Friday will be different again for 2021.

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Thanksgiving is coming up quickly, and Black Friday is right behind it. If you love Black Friday shopping, you know finding everything on your list is a bit of a competition—showing up to stores early in the morning or even right after Thanksgiving dinner. And with some stores open on Thanksgiving, it is possible to start your shopping the day of the holiday! It’s a tiring, thrilling experience that involves tracking prices and comparing products, but the day of hot deals is going to look a little different this year. In fact, some early Black Friday deals are rolling out right now.

Black Friday 2021 Starts… Now!

Stores are doing what they can to keep social distancing a thing, so they’re spreading out Black Friday deals over a few weeks to keep the crowd of in-person shoppers to a minimum. Some retailers like Target will actually be closed on Thanksgiving, an approach that was taken last year. They’ll open on Black Friday, but have already started to roll out some of early Black Friday deals.

Between now and November 26, you can find Black Friday prices all over! Stores like Target and Walmart have already listed thousands of markdowns, meaning you can begin adding things from your list to your online shopping cart. In-store deals are still a thing, but keep in mind that due to supply chain shortages, it may be hard to find what you need on the shelf. The likelihood of securing hot ticket items, like televisions and electronics, might be lower in person.

Where Can I Shop Early?

We’ve already mentioned Target, which has early Black Friday deals underway as we speak, but they’re not the only retailer starting this unofficial holiday early.

Best Buy, our electronics and entertainment destination, kicked off deals this week, along with Kohl’s and Walmart. Many stores are rolling out deals intermittently, so you’ll see another round of markdowns the week of Thanksgiving. Walmart, for example, has items on sale right now, but will be dropping more deals on November 3 and November 10, as well as closer to Black Friday.

Amazon also started dropping prices in Black Friday anticipation earlier this month, so watch the platform’s daily deals.

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Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.