A pro’s guide to shopping Black Friday 2020

Amanda Fronczak, Staff Writer

The holiday season is full of traditions, including that beloved day for shoppers: Black Friday. 

Just like almost everything else this year, Black Friday will look different in order to follow COVID-19 precautions. Instead of traditionally waking up at 5 a.m., racing to your nearest Walmart and standing in a mile-long line just to almost get into a brawl for that new flatscreen TV, most Black Friday deals will be online this year. This doesn’t mean you can’t get great deals, though! Stores such as Walmart, Target and Home Depot are switching things up and having multiple days worth of sales throughout the month of November to ensure customers get what they want instead of one-day sales.

Walmart is starting their deal days online on Nov. 4 with deals on toys, electronics and home products. These deals will be in store on  Nov. 7. On Nov. 11, they are releasing more deals online for electronics, which will be available in store three days later. Finally, on Nov. 25, the final deals on electronics, toys, gifts, apparel and seasonal items will be released online and instore on Nov. 27. 

A  benefit to these changes is many stores are extending their return policies, which allow shoppers a longer window to make returns and exchanges on their purchases. 

Along with Black Friday sales, make sure to look out for Cyber Monday sales, as well. Spend some time doing research in order to get the best deals for your holiday shopping, and maybe even splurge and buy that item on the top of your wishlist.