An Essential Guide to Black Friday Savings

Happy Black Friday! Enjoy this guide to saving big on Black Friday and beyond.

The posts I’ve linked to here will help you discover when and where to shop for the best deals as well as which toys are worth your hard-earned cash.

Start with a few basic tips:

Find out what to expect on BF:

These posts should help you determine if you’ve found a good deal:

And these posts should help if you just don’t know what to shop for.

You can find the best toys by age:

Or let your conscience be your guide:

And these should help if you’re overwhelmed by the choices out there:

Whether you head out, or stay in on Black Friday, have fun! And remember, you can count on Baby Cheapskate to keep you informed about the best holiday shopping deals throughout the season!

Kids Clothes Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday [Updated]

Looking for deals on kid and baby clothes for Black Friday? Here are some highlights from what we know already:

All of the Black Friday deals below are in-store deals, though we may see some show up online as well. Check sites like BFads.net to see scans of the entire Black Friday ad.

Old Navy:

  • $5 Basic Tops for kids & baby
  • $10 kids and babies’ jeans
  • $4 fleece gloves and hats
  • $20 Frost-free jackets and $15 Frost free vests
  • $5 performance fleece tops
  • $9 performance fleece hoodies for kids and more.

Kohl’s:

  • Carter’s 2-piece fleece sleepwear will be $16.99
  • Carter’s 2-piece sets for newborns will be $10.99.
  • Carter’s blanket sleepers will be $8.49 to $10.99,
  • Character tees and sets for kids will be 60% off,
  • Dress clothes for kids, toddlers and babies will be 50% off,
  • Fashion Tops and Bottoms for kids and toddlers will be 60% off, and more.

Babies r Us:

  • 2 pc sets will be 50% off on Friday and Saturday.
  • Carter’s Sleepwear will be 50% off on Friday and Saturday.
  • BRU brand sleepwear will be 60% offon Friday and Saturday.
  • Koala Kids Denim Jeans will be $6 Friday 5 am to 1 pm

Gymboree.com and Crazy8.com:

  • On NOW: Take 30% off with no coupon code needed through Friday at 3 pm online and until noon in-store. Then 25% off.

The Children’s Place:

  • On NOW: 30% off everything with code TURKEY plus free shipping on all orders.

 

Other possible Black Friday deals (based on last year’s sales):

(These are ads we haven’t seen yet)

  • Last year on Black Friday Gap reduced prices on everything in their stores by 50% until 10 am.

Know of any other great deals on kids clothes or shoes? Let us know in the comments!

See more Black Friday deals and info.

A Cornucopia of Savings [Part 2]: 77 Kids, Elf on a Shelf, More

Part 1 wasn’t enough? Here are five  more deals for today and beyond. Feast your eyes!

  • 40% off and free shipping at 77Kids.com with code 72429831. Ends Saturday.
  • At LandsEnd.com, take 30% off and get free shipping on orders of $50 or more through 11/28 with code STUFFING and PIN 5847. Saw this one on Bargain Briana.
  • Get the scoop on Black Friday happenings at Old Navy and print a coupon for $10 off $50 in store for Thursday (yep, Thursday) at Gobblepalooza.com.
  • Looking for Elf on a Shelf? It’s at Barnes and Noble for $29.99. Coupon code E7U4N9X to save an additional 30%, making the price $20.96.  Spend $25 and get free shpping. Thanks to Christine at the FB page for this one.

Hot! Up to 60% off at Gap

Everything online and in-store at Gap is up to 60% off through Saturday. Think of it as Gap stuff at Old Navy prices.

It’s a good sale, folks. Free shipping when you spend $50 or more.

A Cornucopia of Savings: Target, Kohls, Shoes.com, More

Wow! It’s the day before Thanksgiving. How on earth did that happen? Because the day before Thanksgiving is also the day before the day before Black Friday, there are going to be a ton of deals today. That’s why I’ll be combining several deals and coupons into single posts today. Starting with these lovelies:

  • Take 25% off sale shoes at Shoes.com with coupon code YAMS.
  • [expired] Radio Flyer items are 30% off at Target.com from 6 pm to 9 pm today with coupon code TGTVDQXJ.
  • [expired] Kids Woot has a Huffy Zr-X BMX boys bike for $64.99, shipped. That’s nearly $20 cheaper than I’m seeing it elsewhere.

Baby Gear Deals for Black Friday: Jumperoo, Nautilus and More

If it’s baby gear you’re after, Black Friday ads are sadly bereft of deals for you, for the most part. Babies R Us has some pretty good ones, though. Take a look:

  • Baby Trend Sit-N-Stand DX Stroller in Matrix (Friday & Saturday): $89.99. It’s $120 or more elsewhere.
  • Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Cradling Bouncer in Blue or pink (Friday & Saturday): $38.49. That’s about $10 less than other stores.
  • Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair in two patterns (Friday 5am-1pm): $29.99. Usually $50 or more.
  • Fisher-Price Jumperoo in 2 patterns: 50% off. Usually $90 and $129 depending on pattern. Should be $45 to $65.
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat in Galaxy (Friday & Saturday): $99.99. Lists for $180, though Matrix and other patterns can be found for $143 or so pretty regularly.

Keep an eye on Amazon prices for these items on Black Friday as well. Amazon often price-matches BRU and TRU.

Expect to see more deals online starting on Black Friday as Baby stuff-only stores like Diapers.com and Albee Baby.com get in on the BF shopping madness. We’ll see LOTS more baby gear deals online come Cyber Monday.

See more Black Friday deals and info.

Black Friday Ad Prices for Top Toys

Now’s about the time when the whole Black Friday thing starts to seem overwhelming. Most of the ads are out. That’s a LOT of sale info to try to process. Sometimes you just want somebody to tell you where to find the best deals on the stuff you’re looking for.

In an effort to make it easier I looked at in-store BF ads for Kmart, Target, Walmart and Toys R Us for toys from BC’s Toys That Get Played With Lists and other toys readers are buzzing about.

After each toy you’ll see the price and where it’s being offered. Again, the prices here are for in-store deals. Some prices may be the same online, but you can’t assume that they will be. A few more tips:

  • If you see something interesting, browse the ad (Google the store and “Black Friday Ad”) to find out exactly when it’s on sale. Some items in the BF ads are only available at the price for a limited time. They may be doorbusters or Saturday prices, for example.
  • You can also check prices on this list against pre-Black Friday sale prices and discounts to see if you should wait or buy.
  • Amazon doesn’t spill the beans about their Black Friday deals early, so they’re not on this list. There are sure to be some good deals, though. In case you missed it, find out what Amazon does for Black Friday here.

Educational Toys:

  • LeapFrog Leapster 2: $24.99 (Toys R Us)
  • LeapFrog Tag: $20 (Walmart)
  • LeapFrog Tag books: $8 (Walmart)
  • Assorted Leapfrog toys (incl. Text & Learn, Scribble & Write): $15 (Kmart)
  • Vtech Tote n Go LapTop: $10 (Walmart)
  • Vtech Learning Laptop: $14.99 (Toys R Us)

Kitchens & Playhouses

  • My First Kenmore Wooden Kitchen: $99.99 (Kmart)
  • Step2 Lifestyle Kitchen: $50 (Walmart)
  • Disney Princess Royal Talking Princess Kitchen (Colors vary): $39.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage: $99.99 (Toys R Us)

Action Figures & Play Sets:

  • HexBug Nano Habitat Set: $11.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Transformers 2 Deluxe Figures – Entire Stock: Buy one get 2 free (Toys R Us)
  • Playmobil Skull and Bones Pirate Ship: $17.49 (Toys R Us)
  • Squinkies Cupcake Surprise Play Set: $10 (Walmart)

Fisher-Price Toys (Imaginext, Little People, Laugh & Learn, etc.)

  • FP Laugh & Learn Toys: BOGO Free (Kmart)
  • FP Laugh & Learn Kitchen: $39.99 (Kmart)
  • FP Laugh & Learn Table: $26.99 (Target)
  • FP Laugh & Learn Baby Grand Piano: $25 (Walmart)
  • FP Little People Toys: BOGO 50% off (Kmart)
  • FP Brilliant Basics Walker-to-Wagon: $12.49 (Toys R Us)
  • FP Brilliant Basics: Dunk ‘n Cheer Basketball: $12.49 (Toys R Us)
  • FP Go Baby Go! Crawl & Cruise Musical Jungle: $32.49, (Toys R Us)
  • FP Imaginext TRex: $29.99 (Target)
  • FP Imaginext Dragon World Fortress: $29.99 (Toys R Us)
  • FP Imaginext Toys: BOGO 50% off (Kmart)

Ride Ons, Bikes, & Scooters:

  • Razor A Scooter: $20 (Target)
  • Razor S Scooter: $19.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Step2 Push Buggy: $29.99 (Toys R Us)

Dolls & Dollhouses:

  • Barbies (Princess or Shopper): $5 (Walmart)
  • Fisher-Price Loving Family Grand Dollhouse: $59.99 Toys R Us

Building Toys

  • Mega Bloks 80 pc bag: $10 (Target)
  • Mega Bloks Lil’ Pony Ranch: $14.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Duplo 200-Piece XXL Box: $30 (Walmart)

Arts & Crafts

  • Fisher-Price Kid Tough Doodler: $10 (Target)
  • Fisher-Price Doodle Pro: $9.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Crayola Sit N Play Table: $9.99 (Target & Toys R Us)
  • Play-Doh Sets: $6.49 to $8.49 (Toys R Us)

Trains, Cars & Trucks

  • Tonka Chuck & Friends Rumblin’ Chuck Interactive Truck: $19.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Tonka Truck Variety with Lights & Sounds: $10 (Walmart)
  • 45-Piece Wooden Train & Activity Table with Storage Bin: $59 (Walmart)
  • Imaginarium Train Set with Table – 45-Piece: $39.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Set – Thomas and Percy Starter Set: $17.99 (Toys R Us)

Other

  • Disney Princess Musical Keyboard Vanity: $49.99 (Target)
  • Paper Jamz Guitar: $10 (Target)
  • FurReal Friends Puppy – Cookie My Playful Pup: $29.99 (Toys R Us)
  • Vtech Kiddizoom Camera: $19.99 (Toys R Us)

Feel free to suggest deals I should  add to the list!

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How Amazon Does Black Friday [2011]

Amazon doesn’t release a Black Friday ad early like most other stores, but you can bet the deals will be hot. They certainly were last year. Curious about what Amazon will do for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond? Read on:

Though they’ve been promoting their “Black Friday Countdown” for about two weeks now, Amazon starts its holiday promotion in earnest on November 21. You’ll find deal announcements and other info at Amazon’s Black Friday page. Bookmark it for easy reference. You’ll also find all the toy deals listed on the Toy Department page come November 21.

Some of last year’s hottest toy deals showed up as limited-time steals at Amazon, so keep an eye out for Amazon’s Gold Box and Lightning Deals.

  • Gold Box Deals are Amazon’s Daily Deals. Amazon cuts the price of a limited quantity of an item for 24 hours or until the item is sold out. Expect discounts of 25% off or more.
  • Lightning Deals run for a few hours at discounts similar to Gold Box deals or a bit better. Quantities are limited, though, so you you have to act fast to get in on the most popular deals. Last holiday season’s Lightning Toy deals were advertised at 35% to 75% off list price, with 50% off or more being pretty common.

Tip: Follow @amazondeals on Twitter to get the scoop on Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day, etc. I’ll be giving you the scoop here on BC as well. Make sure you’ve Liked BC on Facebook to be notified of posts as soon as they go up and to catch lots of deals that you won’t even find on the blog.

The bottom line? Amazon tries to match or beats prices at other stores, especially Walmart and Target, and Black Friday is no exception. Look for Amazon to try to match or beat the toy deals you’re seeing on the Black Friday ads. You can also expect Amazon’s toy deals to get better and better as standard shipping deadlines approach (about a week before Christmas). I expect toy deals to peak around mid-December.

Need toy-shopping inspiration? Find out which toys have stood the test of time with hundreds of readers’ kids. Check out Baby Cheapskate’s Toys That Get Played With lists.