Costco Black Friday 2018: When to shop & how to find the best deals

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Black Friday 2018 is quickly approaching, which means some of the best deals of the year are about to be upon us and the temptation to spend will be everywhere.

If you play your cards right this holiday shopping season you’ll be able to save big while working through your “Nice” list, but it’s important not to get caught up in the hype of the holiday. Over the past few years, Black Friday has evolved from a one-day event to a seasonal mentality that lasts well beyond the day after Thanksgiving.

It’s important to know when you can find the best deals, and surprisingly, it isn’t always necessarily on Black Friday. Some hot products will actually be overstocked by many stores (including Costco) and available at a better price closer to the holidays. If you do decide to shop on November 23 this year, you’ll want to know when your target purchases will be the best price and always remember to price compare to ensure you’re getting the best deal before making your final decision.

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Costco Black Friday 2018: Here’s what you need to know

Where can I find Costco’s Black Friday Ad?

Costco’s Black Friday ad was leaked on October 27 this year, but the official Costco savings book is available now! You can find Costco’s online-only deals for November 22 as well as next day doorbusters and additional deals that will be available beginning on Black Friday and lasting through November 26. You’ll also find deals that will be offered by Costco from November 16 through November 26. Over at, we have a roundup of the very best deals you’ll find at Costco for Black Friday!

The first page of the Black Friday ad includes the online-only deals that will be available all day during Thanksgiving while pages two through eight display offers available beginning in-store and online at 9am the next day.

What time does Costco open for Black Friday?

Many stores have made the decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, which is a well-known tradition for Costco. As always, it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year and it will open again with Black Friday doorbusters at 9am the next morning. Costco is still offering exclusive online-only deals all day on Thanksgiving, which you can preview in the company’s Black Friday ad.

What kind of Black Friday deals can I expect from Costco?

You can expect to see several great deals on Xbox One bundles including consoles, controllers, games, and game passes with savings from $70 to $100. You’ll also see great deals on a set of Bose headphones, a Nikon camera, a Dell Inspiron laptop, and an Apple iPad. Costco offers savings from $70 to $100 on these electronics that will definitely be popular targets on Black Friday. The company’s Black Friday ad also features an impressive section of televisions that will include a 50-inch TCL Roku HD TV for $279.99, a Vizio 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV for $449.99 and a Vizio 40” 1080p LED TV for $199.99.

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Other ways to prepare for Costco’s Black Friday shopping season

  • Locate your nearest Costco.
  • Keep in mind that Costco includes shipping and handling in their advertised online price, and a lot of the company’s Black Friday deals will be available online as well as in-stores. Some deals, including all discounts and sales on November 22, will be online-only exclusives.
  • Also, remember that many of Costco’s deals will be available beyond November 23 with some offers starting early and lasting through November 26. Besides, Black Friday isn’t necessarily always the best time to buy.

Finally, don’t forget to comparison shop!

If you’re shopping online, use websites like as Google Shopping, NexTag, PriceGrabber, Pricewatch, or Shopzilla to compare prices before you decide when and where to make your final purchase.


If you’re shopping in-store, apps like BuyVia, Flipp, ShopKick, ShopSavvy, and Shopular are great for instant price comparing.

While you should always remember to price compare before buying, the best advice we can offer for this year’s Black Friday season is to set a budget for yourself and stick to it. Take advantage of great deals on purchases that you need, but again, don’t get caught up in the hype of the holiday!

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