Olivia Harvey
November 23, 2016 11:11 am
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Call us out if we’re wrong, but Black Friday is kind of like – well, a lot like – the Hunger Games. Think about it. The nation tunes into their local news stations on Friday morning to see what carnage took place in the confines of a department store the night before. Black Friday requires intense strategy — just so you can come out alive. People annually wreck each other over 60% off coffee makers! Aliens must think humans are crazy!

Still, knowing the danger that awaits them, brave souls will trudge out into the cold, post-Thanksgiving night. They will set up makeshift camps on sidewalks in hopes of planting their flag on a mountain of gifts higher than the store itself. And they hope they can tell their family they saved more than they spent. Along with our thoughts and prayers, we thought we’d help prep our brave Black Friday warriors with a list of hella-good deals they should spring on.

Forever 21

Forever 21 has some crazy deals throughout the whole year. This week, though, the store is offering an extra 30% off ONLINE ONLY sale items when shoppers use the code EXTRA30 at checkout. Forever 21 is also offering Pre-Black Friday deals with some pieces, like their Penguin Crew Socks, going for only $4! Get over there already and check it out!

H&M

H&M is being sneaky and not releasing their Pre-Black Friday sales until the morning of each day leading up to Black Friday weekend. Tuesday’s deal was 60% off sweaters and accessories, meaning one could by a $25 scarf for only $10! Buy, buy, buy! From November 25-28th, the store will unleash its Black Friday Collection with items starting at $4.99. This collection will be available online and in-stores, so pick your poison! And, until the 28th, get free shipping on your H&M online orders with the code 0319.

H&M is also doing a $1 scavenger hunt in their New Arrivals section. Peep this necklace, and then peep the price.

American Eagle/Aerie 

If you don’t own an American Eagle Aerie bralette, please, what are you doing?! For their own Pre-Black Friday sale, Aerie is offering $20 bras and bralettes, so you have no excuse not to have one! And if you spend $50 or more, you get a free pair of socks. You can’t beat that. Aerie is also having a BOGO deal with a selection of their bras, t-shirts, and pajama pants. They also have $10 and up leggings, $15 winter accessories, and a 3 for $14.50 undies sale — so hop on over to their website ASAP.

Mother brand, American Eagle is also having a 40% sale plus free shipping, in-store and online. Check out their sale selection to strategically plan your Black Friday battle plan.

Urban Outfitters

You’ll have to wait until Monday to reap the benefits of Urban’s 50% everything in-store and online sale. Their sale is as simple as that – 50% everything. So, yeah. See you there!

ban.do

This super cute and quirky online shop is a great place to get that perfect something for your Secret Santa or Yankee Swap. Join the VIP list to get 25% off your purchase on Wednesday. Those who are within the first 1000 orders will receive a free gift, and there’s free shipping for orders over $50. Thursday through Tuesday, everything is 25% off. Black Friday offers some deals on ban.do’s best sellers. The VIPs get special access to cyber Monday specials, too, so get on that list!

Target

Watch out. Target’s 10 Days of Deals might give you a hernia. The sale started on the 19th and will continue until the 28th, with each day offering a different kind of savings. If Thursday’s Doorbusters on electronics and Friday’s Doorbusters on apparel don’t send you into a tizzy, then Sunday and Monday’s “Surprise” savings might. If only you could date a department store…

Kohl’s

The Kohl’s website is blowing up with sales offers, so please pay attention. Their online Black Friday sale is currently happening and will last through Friday at midnight. Use the promo code NOVSAVE15 for an extra 15% off! Plus, everyone who buys gets $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent (although we still don’t really know how to use Kohl’s Cash but whatever). They have a 25% off Nike sale and 25% off Converse sale, both ending December 3rd, so you have some time to think about which you prefer. Check out their website to soak in the money-saving magic.

ModCloth

Okay, get ready, because ModCloth is coming at us with A TON of delicious deals. Starting today (November 23rd) and running until Sunday, November 27th, the company is offering the following: 40% off $200+ with code FRIDAY40; 30% off $100+ with code FRIDAY30; 20% off sitewide with code FRIDAY20. Plus, on Monday, November 28th, ModCloth has Cyber Monday covered with 30% off everything on the site and free domestic shipping. All you have to do is enter the code CYBER16 and get ready to bask in some budget-friendly glory.

Macy’s

After you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while trying to not to eat everything before your guests arrive, go to Macy’s on Black Friday to take part in their Doorbuster sales. The sales actually start Wednesday, so you can shop their website while watching the parade. Prices are going to be slashed left and right, plus you can take an extra 20% off your online order using the promo code FEAST. Nike products will be 25% off until December 3rd, and clearance items will also be an extra 25% off.

Sephora

Sephora is only letting their app users in on their Black Friday preview. Those who have the app will see that Sephora is offering some MAJOR makeup deals. The Make Up For Ever “Artist Palette Volume 2 – Artistic” is on sale for $25 (regularly $136). The Too Faced “Better Than Sex Lash On & Melt Off” set (regularly $22) is going for just $10! App users can also check back in on Wednesday to “discover something special” – we’re thinking it’s a discount code or coupon or SOMETHING. Get the app people!

Ulta

Ulta’s Black Friday Beauty Busters deal starts online on Thursday at 5PM CT. Stores open 6PM Thursday, so don’t eat too much if you’re planning to run around Ulta. The store is offering some great $10 and under items, including bareMinerals highlighting kits and several Bed Head hair products.

OK. You’re ready. Remember your strategies and your battle plans. You were made for this. If the going gets rough, it’s ok to abort the mission, but in times of stress, remember why you’re out there. You’re out there to save money. Are the savings worth waking up at 3AM for? We don’t know, but there’s only one way to find out.

Godspeed and Happy Black Friday.

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