Here’s how students can stay safe and have a successful savings weekend. 

Among the exhaustion and anxiety about the end of the semester, APU students are eagerly awaiting Thanksgiving break for a chance to relax and study before we dive into dead week and finals week. 

While many students look forward to spending time with their loved ones, some students are more excited about the incredible sales that release between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s no secret that with COVID-19, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will look a little different — so here’s a quick guide to getting the deals you want while also staying safe during this pandemic season. 

QVC has everything from pressure cookers, to boots, to new computers. One thing many users appreciate about QVC is that you can decide to pay in full or in payment plans. While there are arguments that payment plans are a bad idea, if you keep up with your payments and select an option that you can keep up with, you’ll be golden. It can be difficult for college students to pay 800 dollars upfront for an iPad, most of us work part-time jobs for minimum wage. However, you can choose to pay $160 a month until you hit $800. You can even select payment plans for items on sale during Black Friday/Cyber Monday. 


As college students, we are all familiar with Amazon and their two-day shipping. To share Black Friday deals with its customers, Amazon has created a Black Friday tab where you can find Black Friday deals and other sales. As of the writing of this article, there aren’t many Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals up yet, but it’s definitely worth bookmarking this page and checking it daily.

Would you look at that, a whole website dedicated to Black Friday deals! is committed to helping individuals find the deals they are looking for. On their website, you can find Black Friday/Cyber Monday ads for many popular retailers, such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Lowes, HP, Gamestop and many more. With COVID-19, it’s likely that many stores won’t be handing out physical Black Friday ads, so being able to find them all in one place is truly a blessing. 

If you prefer going straight to the source, here are some hyperlinks to popular retailers out with Black Friday deals/information: 


Best Buy

Game Stop



How to find more deals and stay safe

If you are looking for deals at a specific place, such as Hollister, H&M, Sephora, etc. there are multiple options. Head to their websites, download their apps, follow their social media accounts and sign up for emails. Companies are preparing to release information on their sales and the people subscribed to them are the ones who are going to hear about it first. 

If your local mall or shopping outlets are open, head over during your free time and scout out the area for potential deals. Going now reveals early deals, but as we get closer to Black Friday/Cyber Monday, more deals will reveal themselves. Preparation is key. 

If you want to go the extra mile, start putting portions of your checks away for the purpose of splurging on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. 

Keep in mind that COVID-19 will bring along some new challenges this Black Friday/Cyber Monday season. 

The New York Times is reporting that COVID-19 cases are increasing nationwide, so the holiday season is bound to look different. CNBC has also stated that, “Some public health officials have warned that COVID-19 cases could rise sharply as more Americans gather indoors during colder-weather months.” On top of COVID-19, Black Friday has a history of violence with fights breaking out and stampedes of customers hurting workers and other customers. 

Shopping online is your safest bet, but if you do decide to shop in person, it is crucial you follow the COVID-19 guidelines your city/county have put forth. These incredible deals are amazing, but not worth you or your loved ones getting sick. However, taking advantage of current Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and preparing for an online shopping spree can still yield a successful weekend.