The Best Pre-Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales and Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Shop

Each year, it feels like the holiday shopping season gets shorter and shorter, but this year it’s actually the case with only 26 shopping days (compared to 32 days in 2018) between Thanksgiving and Christmas. To keep up, many popular retailers are putting out deals ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But how do you know if you should shop ahead of Black Friday 2019? More importantly, what are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this year? Below, we’ll answer both questions and share the best deals, so you don’t miss out.

Should I shop ahead of Black Friday in 2019?

The short answer is yes. According to Kristen Gall, President of Rakuten Rewards, it used to be true that Black Friday and Cyber Monday were the best days for deals, but this is no longer the case. “Stores know that if they don’t sell their inventory during Black Friday, they will have significantly less time to sell it before everything goes to very heavy discounts,” says Gall. That means big, and early, savings for you.

How can I make sure I’m saving the most money this year?

Log in to Rakuten to take advantage of Cash Back offers at the stores you’re already planning to shop. If you’re not a member, join today and get a $10 Bonus once you spend $25 at any participating store. Help your friends and family fund their holiday shopping this year by sharing the joy of Cash Back.

Shopping in person at the mall or brick-and-mortar locations? Remember that Rakuten offers In-Store Cash Back at over 100 different retailers that you can activate by linking your credit card on or in the Rakuten App. Use the credit card you linked in a participating store and earn Cash Back on that transaction at the register. You can also link your credit card to more than 10,000 restaurant locations nation-wide and use Rakuten Dining to save on meals while you’re out and about.

What other benefits are there to shopping early?

To start, “you’ll have your pick from the best choice of sizes, colors… often at the same (or deeper) discounts than Black Friday,” says Kristen. Shop early and you can knock out that gift list before you even carve the turkey this year. While others are scrambling at the last minute, you can relax and enjoy the holidays.

What are the best pre-Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals?

Walmart logo
Walmart kicked off the pre-Black Friday savings this year with a “deal drop” with some of their best deals of the year. The best savings come in the form of electronics, like this VIZIO 50” 4K Ultra HD TV for nearly 50% off, the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and cellular for $199 (normally $379) and a gold Apple iPad 6th generation for $299. Choose from free 2-day shipping or buy online, pickup in store.

Amazon logo
Amazon’s Black Friday sale officially starts on November 22, but that doesn’t mean the retail giant is waiting to offer big savings. Right now, you can shop hundreds of holiday deals on Amazon’s Happy HoliDeals page in a variety of categories like electronics, clothing, home and more. It’s a mix of daily deals and lightning deals, so check back often to save big. Some of the best savings are available for Amazon devices. The Echo Show 5 is currently $59.99 ($30 off), and the fire 7 kids edition can be had for 40% off at $59.99 as well.

Target logo
Target is joining the pre-Black Friday fun with a buy 2, get 1 free deal on video games, board games, movies, activity kits, music and books. You can mix and match between any qualifying items to get the deal. You’ll also find some serious kitchen deals to get ready for Thanksgiving, 20% off Christmas trees and holiday decorations, 50% off boots for the entire family and 25% off home decor. To top it off, you’ll get free 2-day shipping and free returns through December 21.
Best Buy logo
Best Buy is starting early with a host of TV deals in all sizes. Save up to $200 on Samsung TVs and enjoy fast, free shipping with no minimum. You can also pick your TV up in store instead of having it shipped. Apple Airpods with a wireless charging case are currently $20 off.

Don’t sleep on the pre-Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and deals this year. They’ll be gone in the blink of an eye, and you don’t want to miss out on the extra savings retailers are offering during this short shopping season. Become a Rakuten member, so you can stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales!

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