Wendy Rush

Black Friday Shopping

When Black Friday comes around every year, millions of people flock to Amazon or Wal-Mart to snag a deal. But according to some financially savvy individuals, that’s not where the best deals are hiding.

Amazon is a lot of people’s go-to for shopping at any time of the year. And tenfold when it comes to Black Friday deals. Especially since they start those deals even before Thanksgiving. Plus, the retail mogul is very savvy about getting shoppers to their websites. So many other websites have at least one link that will take you back to Amazon. And, if you’re like me, at least half those links will end up in a purchase.

Many of us have gotten use to turning to Amazon when we need to buy something. In fact, I’ve seen people give up when they can’t find something on the site, thinking it must not exist. So, yeah, some of us have gotten a little tunnel-visioned when it comes to shopping anywhere else. And when we do, it’s usually large superstores like Wal-Mart or Target. These stores especially have decades-long reputations for rowdy crowds after Thanksgiving.

But it turns out some of our favorite retailers’ Black Friday sales aren’t actually that good.

The personal finance website, Wallethub, says that the average Black Friday discount is 35 percent below the regular price of an item. And even some marketing-brilliant stores, that advertise huge sales, might not be meeting that standard for Black Friday. In fact, some of our favorite places to find a deal on the biggest shopping day of the year, aren’t saving us that much. According to this study by Wallethub, there are other places we should be looking first if we really want to save big on Black Friday.

There are some retail locations in the study that we don’t have here in Las Vegas, but have an online store where you can still get those savings.

So here’s the breakdown of where you should be shopping if you want the best Black Friday sales. -Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ

  • 5. Target

    MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 18: A customer exits from a Target store on May 18, 2022 in Miami, Florida.  The retail store reported a 52% drop in profit for the first quarter, missing Wall Street's forecasts. The company blamed higher expenses due to continued supply chain disruptions as well as the high inflation rate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Target Store Front

    Target discounts their Black Friday deals at about 32.7% below regular price, according to Wallethub. Which actually fell below the standard 35% discount rate suggested by the finance experts on the website. However, it was the closest to that mark compared to Amazon (typically offering 28.48% off) and Wal-Mart (typically offering 26.88% off).

  • 4. Kohl's - Average Discount: 48.8%

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10:  General view as Kohl's kicks off Nationwide "Build-a-List" Tool and Sweepstakes at New York City Holiday Pop Up on November 10, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Kohls)

    Kohl’s Department Store

    Kohl’s already has such great prices year round, it’s hard to imagine they’d go even lower for a sale. But according to Wallethub, Kohl’s has the fourth highest discounts when it comes to Black Friday shopping. At an average of 48.8% off regular prices, you can save some serious cash for your holiday gift giving this year.

  • 3. Belk - Average Discount: 54.8%

    Customer buying new clothes washer in supermarket, choosing the best and the most modern. Redhead Lady In Casual Wear Standing Between Various Different Washine Machines, Make Choice and purchase

    Appliance Shopping

    Belk is a department store with physical locations in only 16 states. All near the East Coast. But their website offers delivery in the other states. Belk landed on Wallethub’s list at the third-best Black Friday deals, offering an average of 54.8% off. Wallethub says to look into Belk especially if you are in the market for a new appliance. As consumers can save an average of 60% there.

  • 2. Macy's - Average Discount: 58.2%

    KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of the exterior of the store's third floor entrance at the Macy's celebration of Fashion's Night Out at Macy's King of Prussia on September 10, 2010 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.   (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images for Macy's)

    Macy’s Store Front

    Macy’s is a great place to go this Black Friday if you are looking for some hot deals. Though the average discount at Macy’s is 58.2%, according to Wallethub, some of their holiday deals can get up to 85%. You should definitely plan a trip to a Macy’s if you are looking specifically for jewelry.

  • 1. JC Penney - Average Disount: 59.1%

    Young asian woman walking in clothes store at the mall, Woman lifestyle concept

    Department Store Shopping

    Suprise! JC Penney is actually the place to go this year if you want the best Black Friday deals, according to Wallethub. With an average discount on 59.1%, you can save a lot shopping here for your Christmas gifts. Check it out especially if you’re in the market for jewelry, clothing or appliances.

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