Home Depot is out of the gate early with Black Friday deals (opens in new tab) customers can buy right now, weeks before what was once the traditional launch of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving.
Home Depot joins an ever-growing roster of other retailers launching Black Friday deals early. The trends come as shoppers pull back on their spending as inflation socks household budgets.
That puts Home Depot apace with Best Buy, which also released its Black Friday deals early, and Bank of America, which is offering rewards cardholders bonus points to shop – likely for holiday items early – on Nov. 5. Not to mention that Amazon basically declared the holiday season a go in October with its “second” Prime Day sale, Early Access Days, which it declared a success.
These moves play into several holiday shopping surveys indicating shoppers are planning to get their holiday shopping done early to beat the rising costs of goods and services due to the highest inflation rate in 40 years. A Bankrate survey found 40% of shoppers will be buying fewer items this year compared to seasons past. Twenty-seven percent will start their holiday shopping early, while 21% are planning to buy less-expensive brands. A whopping 95% said inflation will definitely impact their holiday spending.
“I think starting your holiday shopping early is a good strategy, because it gives more time to research the best deals and spread out your cash flow,” said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst for Bankrate.com. “I’m also a big fan of stacking discounts such as rewards credit cards, online shopping portals and store coupons.”
So how is Home Depot playing into this evolving new strategy for holiday shoppers? The big box giant released Black Friday deals early, putting them on sale right now. Some of those big discounts include:
- A Milwaukee Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver-Impact Driver Combo Kit (opens in new tab), on sale for $149, a $50 savings.
- A GE 24-inch fingerprint resistant stainless steel built-in dishwashe (opens in new tab)r, on sale for $498, a $231 savings.
- Closet Evolution home closet system (opens in new tab), on sale for $466.65, a $82.35 savings.
- Google Nest cam (opens in new tab) with floodlight wired outdoor smart home security system, on sale for $189.99, a savings of $90.
- Home Decorators Collection double vanity for the bath (opens in new tab), on sale for $841, a savings of $688.
Other Black Friday sales cut across home items, especially appliances, as well as home decor, holiday items, smart home devices, tools and more.
Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.
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