Black Friday and beyond: The ultimate holiday shopping guide

Posted at 7:20 PM, Oct 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-10 18:14:20-05

NEW YORK — Get ready to shop — and not just on Black Friday.

Retailers have started releasing details about their holiday season deals, and many markdowns start as early as November 1.

Here’s the latest.


Target’s promotions start on November 1 and will include free shipping and returns until December 25. The chain also plans to expand its curbside pickup service to 121 stores, up from 21 last year, and to extend its price-matching service.

In other news, the store just launched international shopping and shipping in over 200 countries.

Additionally, the Target app Cartwheel will offer 50% off on a different toy every day through December 24.

Deal preview: Target-exclusive BB-8 Droid.

Toys”R”Us / Babies”R”Us

The store already rolled out its hallmark “Great Big Toys”R”Us Book of Awesome” on October 26 featuring 96 pages of toys.

On November 1, Toys”R”Us will begin offering special deals and coupon offers on its vast selection of toys.

Sister store Babies”R”Us will start hosting special holiday events for parents and babies on select Saturdays in November.

Deal preview: Free “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Lego gift with any Lego Star Wars purchase of $40 or more.


Beginning November 1, Walmart will offer more 90-day “Rollbacks” discounting things like electronics and baking essentials.

The store will also start letting customers check in via their phones, making it easier to pick up ship-to-store purchases. Shoppers will also be able to scan products in store and add them to their wish lists using the Walmart app.

Deal preview: Apple iPad Mini 2 for $199.


Kohl’s kicks off the holidays on November 23, when it will start giving away $15 gift cards for every $50 spent online or in stores.

Shoppers will also be able to sync their online shopping bags across all their mobile devices.

Deal preview: Free mini fragrance set with select $50 fragrances.


Macy’s will launch the holiday shopping season by opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6 pm, and it’s already offered a small preview of some of its Black Friday deals, including 60% off women’s coats and various kitchen items like a rice cooker or a hand mixer for $9.99

Macy’s will unveil more deals online beginning November 16.

Deal preview: 70% off Memory Foam pillows and toppers.