Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner. Which means that early deals and discounts are live right now from many retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Apple and B&H. We expect many more deals to crop up over the next two weeks as we head into Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here at CNET, we’ve been rounding up the available deals so far, and we’re pulling together some of our top tips here to kickstart your shopping experience.
We’ll walk you through several easy ways to make the most out of the pre-Black Friday and pre-Cyber Monday landscape — with everything from budgeting tips to researching ads. Once you’re up to speed with all things Black Friday and Cyber Monday, make sure you check out these easy ways to save on shipping and how to send holiday gifts via Amazon.
But before we get to that, let’s front-load the bevy of deals and shopping options already available.
Where to start: Best deals before Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off
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Best early Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals by store
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- Best 4K TV Deals: Up to $700 Off From Samsung, LG, Sony and TCL TVs
- Best 3D Printer Deals: Fantastic Printers at Fantastic Prices
- Best Apple TV Deals: Apple TV 4K From Just $99, HD From $59
- Best Roku Device Deals: Roku Streaming Stick 4K $25, Roku Ultra $70
- Best Sonos Deals: Discounts on Roam Speakers, Arc and More
- Best Chromebook Deals: 10 Picks from Acer, Asus, HP and More
- Best iPad Deals: Save Up to $150 on Storage Sizes Up to 2TB
- Best AirPods Deals: Save on Apple and Beats
- Best Apple Watch Deals: SE 2 for $219, Up to $380 of Trade-In Credit and More
- Best Nintendo Switch Deals and Bundles
- Best MacBook Deals: Up to $200 in Savings on M2 and M3 MacBook Pro
- Best Air Fryer Deals Right Now
- Best Keurig Deals: Save Up to $150 on Select Keurig Models
- Best Deals on Robot Vacuums: Big Deals on Roomba, Roborock, Shark and More
- Best Smart Thermostat Deals: Options From Google, Amazon and More Starting at $80
- Best Mattress Deals: 35 Sales From Helix, Nectar, DreamCloud and More
- Best Fitness Deals: Save on Trackers, Equipment and Clothing
- Best Adjustable Dumbbell Deals: Save Up to $120 on Big Brands
Got all that? Good. Now let’s talk about some general Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping tips.
Set a budget and put money aside
Whether you’re buying for yourself or grabbing gifts for friends and family, the holiday shopping season seems to come around so quickly every year. Therefore, it’s wise to budget for it throughout the year so that you don’t put such a heavy burden on your last few paychecks of the year.
With many Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales having already started (see above) and a general state of economic unease (especially with pandemic era economic safeguards being rolled back, like the pause on student loan payments), you need to be more judicious than ever about spending limits. It’s a good idea to set a maximum you’re willing to spend all told and then to track your spending during the event. It’s easy to get swept away in the excitement when deals go live and not pay close enough attention to how much you’re spending, but that self-accountability will be key to avoiding a huge overspend.
Decide what you want to buy and check prices now
While a lot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping is impulse-led, a more effective way to shop is to identify purchase targets and create a list ahead of time. There are a few reasons why this is a better approach. First, you can assess prices now which helps you with your budget and saving targets. Doing the research now also helps you figure out what is actually a good deal worth buying during the event or whether a “sale” price isn’t too far from a product’s regular going rate.
During Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you can also work through the list you made to get everything you need in an organized fashion while trying your best to avoid wasting money on impulse buys.
Peruse as many Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads as you can before the event
Part of your pre-event research should involve checking out as many Black Friday ad scans as you can. Not only is this the best way to get a sneak peek at the deals that are coming during the event, but you’ll also be able to budget more effectively and shop more efficiently if you know where all the best prices are.
Shop the early sales now or plan for shipping delays
As mentioned upfront, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales don’t wait for the actual day before they begin — many are already live! If you can lock in a low price now, not only does that help spread out the cost but it could help you avoid a hefty shipping delay, or avoid missing out on a deal altogether, later on. For the sake of a few dollars’ difference between now and Black Friday proper, it may be worthwhile snagging things you need now. If you don’t need things urgently, then it may suit you to wait a bit longer.
Here are the best early Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales:
Compare prices with the CNET Shopping extension
Is that Black Friday or Cyber Monday “deal” really a deal? Instead of looking up prices on Amazon’s retail competitors one by one, do it instantaneously 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 known as PriceBlink). It works across a bunch of retailers and can show you the best current 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. Give it a try right now on Google Chrome.
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