Best Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday vs. Thanksgiving Deals: What to Buy Each Day

Thanksgiving deals tend to beat Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers both in number and range of categories. But how will 2020 look?
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on phone

Black Friday is heralded as one of the best shopping days of the year — if not the best — but is it really the day you should do all of your shopping?

Depending on the kinds of products you're looking for, the answer might be no. Read on to learn about the differences in deals on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

Thanksgiving Continues to Beat Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The Black Friday "creep" seems to spread more every year, and 2020 could be the worst year for it yet. In a typical year, all of November can play host to Black Friday–branded deals; however, Thanksgiving tends to offer the best chance to save.

For the past several years, we've listed more Thanksgiving deals than Black Friday or Cyber Monday offers. And while Cyber Monday and Turkey Day may have similar numbers of Staff Picks — our offers that are the "best of the best" — Thanksgiving deals won out over Cyber Monday ones in that respect last year, too.

So how will 2020 compare? Considering several of the biggest stores will be closed on Thanksgiving this year, we're still expecting a huge amount of great savings that day, but they may only be available online.

Best Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday vs. Thanksgiving Deals

We want to help you craft a savvy shopping plan, so we took a deep dive into our data from Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday 2019. Check out the infographic below for the best days to shop specific categories.

Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday infographic

Keep in mind that these trends are based on the 2019 Black Friday season, so they're not fixed rules. Given that Black Friday 2020 is bound to look very different than previous years' Black Fridays, some — or all — of the best categories to buy each day could be upended. Trends change year to year anyway, so the best thing you can do is keep an eye on all the deals throughout the Black Friday season.

Readers, what kinds of Thanksgiving deals will you be looking for this year? Will you shop more on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Let us know in the comments below!


Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
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