It's officially November, one of the best months of the year to shop for bargains! Wondering what your family should be buying now, and how to find the best deals on Black Friday? As always, we've rounded up the information you need!
Best Items to Buy in November
Halloween Hangover Items
Fairly certain that you'll be trick-or-treating with a Ninja next year? Then pick up the costume now, when it's likely to be discounted by 50% percent or more. Can't predict the future? You can still take advantage of Halloween clearance sales by purchasing candy, decorations, and cheap costumes and accessories for year-round dress-up play.
Deals on pots and pans are at an all-time high during the month of November, and retailers are discounting all sorts of other kitchen gadgets as well — which means that now is the time to purchase that new cast iron skillet or the pie plates you've had your eye on.
For many shoppers, deals on laptops, tablets, smartphones, and HDTV's are top priority. Black Friday offers some serious savings on these hot ticket items, but if you're hoping to score, you need to watch the ads (and be willing to wait in line).
Also keep in mind that many retailers offer the best deals on lesser-known brands, while top-of-the-line technology sees fewer discounts. If you're willing to purchase last year's models, though, you can easily score some savings by shopping during the earlier weeks of November.
In need of coats, hats, and gloves? November typically sees good deals on cold-weather necessities, particularly in the weeks leading up to Black Friday. You may find better savings in January, but you're also likely to freeze your way through the holidays if you wait to buy.
Tips for Shopping in November
Word on the street is that Black Friday ads are leaking early this year, so it's easy to see what deep discounts your favorite retailers will be offering (and which ones you should pass up).
- Search FatWallet's Black Friday 2012 Store Hours and Doorbuster Deals for the most current Black Friday ads and information.
- FatWallet also offers a searchable Black Friday 2012 Deal Finder (available as an app too), as well as a list of 90 shopping tips for Black Friday shoppers.
- Remember that you can always shop online — Cyber Monday is quickly eclipsing Black Friday in terms of both deals available and dollars spent.
- Don't forget to shop Small Business Saturday on November 24! Big chain stores simply can't compete in terms of customer service and community involvement, and small business owners are the heart of your local economy, so be sure to show them some love.
Are you a Black Friday shopper? How do you score the best holiday deals?