You overslept. Your Thanksgiving gathering ran a little long. You didn’t want to stand in the cold. You were afraid of the crowds.
Whatever your reason, you missed Black Friday shopping, but you’ve still got lots of Christmas shopping left to do. Can you hit the stores on Saturday? Or will it be too little, too late?
The Bad News: Many Deals Are Gone
Unfortunately, if you missed shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, you’ve probably missed a majority of the headline-grabbing deals. By Saturday, the whole front page of Walmart’s ad – including impressive doorbuster deals on the Xbox One and iPad mini 16GB – will have likely sold out.
Doorbusters are typically offered for only a limited period of time, and in limited quantities, so you can assume they’ll all have been snatched up before Saturday even comes close to arriving.
It’s not just the remarkable doorbusters that will be gone. Many of the other huge price cuts will probably be gone, too. In fact, some major retailers raise their prices on most items after a certain period of time. This means if you don’t act right away, your savings won’t be as substantial as they could have been had you arrived earlier. This doesn’t just apply to Saturday; it goes for later in the day on Black Friday, too.
At Sears, for example, the Kenmore Elite French-door bottom freezer refrigerator is advertised for sale at $2,199.99 beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. After 1 p.m. Friday, however, the price increases to $2,299.99. This is still less than the regular $3,899.99 price, but definitely more expensive than the $2,199.99 promotion.
The Good News: Some Sales Last Longer
It’s not all bad news, though.
Saturday shoppers and Black Friday procrastinators can still save some serious cash on the weekend after the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Stores have turned Black Friday into a discount-shopping season, meaning sales are lasting longer and longer – not just one day.
Check specific store sale information for more details, as many retailers won’t be ending their deals with the close of Black Friday. So yes, since retailers are continuing their discounts into Saturday, you can indeed go Black Friday shopping on the day after Black Friday.
Here are some popular stores that will be offering Black Friday – or Saturday – deals that you can still snag this Nov. 29.
At discount retail giant Walmart, there will be plenty of weekend sales. The store is promising hundreds of online specials on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. Plus, there will also be sales on tires, wireless phones and diamond jewelry throughout the holiday weekend.
Department store Macy’s will be boasting sales between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29.
At Kmart, discount shoppers can take advantage of the store’s layaway offer all weekend long. Additionally, the retailer’s 3-Day Sale (Thursday through Saturday) includes a buy one, get one for $1 sale on footwear.
Drugstore RiteAid is boasting “3 big days to save” this year. The retailer’s sale event lasts from Thursday through Saturday. However, it’s important to note that shoppers will need to have a Wellness+ membership card to receive the discounted prices.
Meijer is hosting three separate discount events for Black Friday 2014, one if which is a Saturday-only sale.
Furry friends need Christmas presents, too. Petco’s “hot buys” will be available on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.
So, you won’t totally miss out if you skip Thanksgiving and Black Friday and opt to shop on Saturday instead. In fact, with the possibility of smaller crowds and shorter lines, you may actually gain some peace of mind.
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