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The holiday season seems to start earlier every year, doesn’t it? The upside is that that goes for Black Friday sales, too. There’s no need to wait for the day after Thanksgiving to score a great deal when Walmart is rolling out steep discounts on everything from Crock-Pots to bicycles right now. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to preparing for a busy holiday season, especially if issues with the supply chain are going to continue, as experts expect.
So do yourself a favor: Stay ahead of the curve and avoid both in-person crowds and the online frenzy...and buy yourself some wiggle room in case of those dreaded shipping delays.
Want to score free shipping? Make sure you’re signed up for Walmart+. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 15-day trial here, and a quick three-question survey will add on an additional two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)
Shop our picks below.
Best TV sales
At just under $100, Walmart is offering this LED Roku smart TV for a song. At 24 inches, it’s on the petite side, making it the perfect size for the bedroom, home office or even the kitchen (you don’t want to miss your cooking shows, after all). The 720p high-definition screen offers a crystal clear picture, while the included Roku system means you can watch through cable, antenna or streaming from an app. It comes with a remote if you like to tune-in old-school, and answers to voice commands if you like to live like the Jetsons.
Reviewers agree that it’s a “great little TV,” and are impressed by the picture quality. One purchaser wrote, “I'm impressed with the performance.... It really surprised me. This TV is definitely an excellent value for the money, and I recommend it.”
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Best headphone sales
There’s a reason Beats by Dre headphones are still so popular, and it’s because the sound quality can’t be, um, beat. With a price markdown this steep (53 percent!, there was no way these babies weren’t going to make the list.
These are classic, over-the-ear headphones with an adjustable fit and cushioned ear cups, so they’re comfortable on everyone. They are wireless, with Bluetooth connectivity and an impressive 40-hour battery life with simple ear controls that allow you to answer calls and even connect to Siri without ever taking your phone out of your pocket.
“I totally love these headphones!" wrote one reviewer. "They sound awesome, are comfortable to wear, and I really love that they are wireless.”
Check out more headphone and earbud sales below:
SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds+, $99 (was $150), walmart.com
Best video game sales
We’re excited to see an impressive deal on the classic PlayStation game that has inspired blockbuster Hollywood movies as well as a dedicated fan following for decades. Mortal Kombat 11 includes the updated graphics serious gamers expect, as well as familiar favorite characters and a few new faces.
In the words of one particularly enthusiastic reviewer: “Graphics are out of this world!!!! Loving the updates and looking forward to dominating!!!!”
Check out more video game sales below:
Nioh 2, Sony, PlayStation 4, $20 (was $60), walmart.com
Need for Speed Heat, $20 (was $60), walmart.com
Best smart home tech sales
At just $25, the Google Nest Mini is a real steal, especially when you consider all that it can do. Like a little personal assistant that sits on your desk, you can tell the Google Nest to set alarms, reminders and timers; use it to check the news, the weather, and your personal schedule. Plus, it can pair with your other smart-home devices, so it will turn the lights on or off, adjust the thermostat, pause the TV, and more. All you have to do is ask it.
Per a reviewer, “It can make phone calls for you and put things on your shopping list in your phone. I can ask Google nest, 'what's the weather?', how to spell a word, information about different subjects, do a math problem etc. I have advised my friends to buy one.”
Check out more smart home sales below:
Light Camera Security, $37 (was $80), walmart.com
Best vacuum sales
The Shark Navigator is a real workhorse of a vacuum — and you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg for it. Highlights include the extra-large capacity, so you get more cleans out of it before you have to empty the canister, and the swivel steering function that makes it easy to maneuver around the house. For a vacuum this powerful, it’s also surprisingly lightweight, at just 16 pounds.
“OMG! I am shook!! This picked up so much stuff my old vacuum left behind! One pass of our hallway and the bin was almost halfway full,” one reviewer gushed. “Love this Shark Navigator SwivelPro. Great suction for hard floors and carpet. It's so easy to dump debris from the bag-less container,” wrote another.
Check out more vacuum sales below:
Anker eufy RoboVac, $149 (was $350), walmart.com
Best fashion sales
Another thing the holiday season signifies? It's time for cold-weather style and warm winter coats. Walmart's got you covered on both fronts with this stunning Badgely Misch coat. Nothing like some faux fur and a python pattern to add a touch of much-needed glam to your winter wear. Oh, and have we mentioned that it's 70 percent off? We bet you're feeling warmer already.
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Best kitchen sales
Ask just about anyone’s grandmother and they’ll tell you: There’s no replacement for a high-quality cookware set. Really high-end pans can run you thousands of dollars, but sometimes you stumble on an almost-too-good-to-be-true deal like this one. This colorful Rachael Ray cookware set comes with 13 different pieces, all featuring non-stick surfaces. The durable aluminum not only helps reduce heat spots for more even cooking, but the sturdy construction means they’ll last. Available in burgundy (pictured), light blue, teal and purple.
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Best beauty sales
Who doesn’t love a three-for-one deal, especially when there’s a price reduction thrown in on top. Scoop up this trio of tinted lip balms from the classic makeup brand Clinique, which offer subtle color while keeping your pout moisturized and comfortable. The three shades complement a variety of skin tones, and these Chubby Sticks never need to be sharpened, which we kinda love.
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Best bedding sales
There’s nothing worse than waking up with an aching neck, so anything that can make your bed a little comfier is a big win. Chiropractors often recommend a firm memory foam pillow, but the problem is that the best of these can be way too expensive. Which is why we were excited to see this major deal on a Tempurpedic support pillow, which keeps your neck supported and spine aligned all night.
Reviewers gave this pillow top marks, particularly for side sleepers. “I don't wake up with neck pain because I get the support that I need. I'd highly recommend,” wrote one newly satisfied snoozer.
Check out more bedding sales below:
Microfiber Floral Bed Sheets, $24 (was $43), walmart.com
Best toy sales
Little future photographers will adore this digital camera that prints your photos in black and white on the included photo paper. But this little marvel from the folks at VTech isn’t your grandpa's Polaroid — it comes with fun stickers, borders, and even a function to turn your photos into line drawings you can color in yourself. And if you want to print the full-color versions, you can transfer them to the computer using the included USB like you would with a normal (read: no fun) digital camera.
Check out more toy sales below:
Baby Alive Lulu Achoo Doll, $40 (was $53), walmart.com
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