Black Friday and Cyber Monday are this week, and that means early deals and discounts are live today from many retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Apple and B&H. We expect more deals to come in a few days as we officially head into Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here at CNET, we’ve rounded up the best deals we’ve seen so far, and we’ve put together some of our top tips here to jumpstart your shopping experience.
We guide you through some easy ways to make the most of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday scene — with everything from budgeting tips to researching ads. If you’ve caught up on all things Black Friday and Cyber Monday, make sure you check this out easy ways to save on shipping and how to send holiday gifts through Amazon.
But before we get to that, let’s front load the set of deals and shopping options that are already available.
Where to start: Best deals before Black Friday and Cyber Monday start
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Best early Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in store
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- Best 4K TV Deals: Up to $700 From Samsung, LG, Sony and TCL TVs
- Best 3D Printer Deals: Amazing Printers at Amazing 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 in 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 Today
- Best Keurig Deals: Save up to $150 on Select Keurig Models
- Best Deals on Robot Vacuums: Great 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 Apparel
- Best Adjustable Dumbbell Deals: Save Up to $120 on Multiple Brands
Got it all? Good. Today let’s talk about some general Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping tips.
Make a budget and put the money aside
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or picking up gifts for friends and family, the holiday shopping season seems to come closer each year. Therefore, it is wise to budget for it throughout the year so that you are not overwhelmed by your last paychecks of the year.
With many Black Friday and CyberMonday sales already underway (see above) and a general state of economic turmoil (especially during the pandemic economic protections are being rolled back, such as stopping at student loan repayments), you need to be smarter than ever about spending limits. It’s a good idea to set a maximum you want to spend all told and then track your spending during the event. It’s easy to get carried away when deals go live and not pay attention to how much you’re spending, but that self-responsibility is the key to avoiding a big spending spree.
Decide what you want to buy and check the current prices
While many Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases are made, a more effective way to shop is to identify purchasing targets and make a list in advance. There are several reasons why this is a better approach. First, you can check current prices that will help you with your budget and savings targets. Doing research now will also help you find out what’s really a good deal worth buying during the event or if a “sale” price isn’t too far off from the regular going rate of a product.
During Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you can also work through the list you made to get everything you need in an organized way while doing your best to avoid waste. of money on impulse purchases.
Check out as many Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads as you can before the event
Part of your pre-event research should include doing a lot of research Black Friday ad scanning as much as you can. Not only is it the best way to get a sneak peek at the deals coming up during the event, but you can also budget more effectively and shop more efficiently if you know where all the best are. prices.
Shop the early sales now or plan for shipping delays
As mentioned before, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales don’t wait for the actual day before starting — many are already live! If you can lock in a low price now, not only will that help spread the cost but it will help you avoid a heavy shipping delay, or avoid losing a deal, later. For the few dollars difference between now and Black Friday to be exact, it might be worth getting the things you need now. If you don’t need the items immediately, it might be worth your while to wait a little longer.
Here are the best early Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales:
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