November is a huge month for shopping with Christmas starting to creep its way in; retailers everywhere are already starting to advertise their upcoming sales events. This time of year is brisk, windy and pumpkin spice is practically everywhere. But the
most exciting part of November is Black Friday.
Officially, Black Friday 2022 falls on Friday, Nov. 25. But like in past years, there is likely to be a “Black Friday creep” where retailers launch some of their Black Friday deals in the days or weeks leading up to the official holiday.
Black Friday sales aren’t the only exciting thing happening in retail this November. In the past we have seen many retailers start to focus more on their online sales and this year it is more than likely that this trend will continue with stores and shoppers alike. Last year, more
than half of consumers planned on doing their holiday shopping online, according to a RetailMeNot survey, and retailers are responding to consumer habits like these with some really exciting online sales and exclusives. This November, whether you plan to shop in stores, online or a little bit of both, there will be a plethora of savings opportunities. Just remember that no matter how tempting and glittery the ads and email newsletters may seem, you shouldn’t try to jam all of your shopping into the month. There are certain items that are best to buy in November, and other products you should wait to purchase another time.
1. Smart home devices
Kind of like Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday sales tend to come with plenty of deals on smart home devices. Every year, the tech giants Amazon and Google go head-to-head to try and capture customers’ eyes and holiday dollars.
In the past we have seen Amazon Echo devices at incredible discounts, while several Google Nest products have even dropped to under $20. In addition to deals on smart home devices, November usually brings savings on smart home robots, security systems
and even smart thermostats. You can also find excellent discounts on smart home products from a range of brands at retailers like Best Buy and Target.
Amazon: Get a Ring Video Doorbell Wired for $60.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Get up to $55 off select Google Nest Devices.
Walmart: Get a iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum for $179.
2. Cookware and small kitchen appliances
From stand mixers to air fryers, kitchen gadgets also tend to take center stage in Black Friday sales. Based on past years, you can expect to see discounts up to 65% at retailers like Amazon, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Walmart and Home
Note that Black Friday sales are a good opportunity to buy small kitchen gadgets and not large appliances. Although Black Friday sees some okay deals things like fridges and dishwashers, these items tend to be a better price during three-day
weekend sales like Labor Day and Fourth of July.
Walmart: Get $150 off KitchenAid 5 Plus Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer.
Keurig: Get 20% off select items.
3. Smartwatches and wearables
A fantastic holiday gift idea, smartwatches and techy wearables like Fitbits tend to see deep discounts during annual Black Friday sales. In past years we have seen steep price cuts on smartwatches and wearable tech from brands like Apple, Samsung, Garmin
Speaking of Apple Watches, you’ll rarely see any notable Apple Watch deals at the Apple Store itself. If you’re in the market for a new Apple Watch then you’re better off checking out third-party retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart
for Apple Watch savings.
Amazon: Get up to 31% off Apple Watches, iPads, AirPods & More.
Garmin: Get Garmin Wearables & Smartwatches as low as $199.99
4. Headphones and speakers
November is a great time to buy a new sound system or score a great deal on some higher-end headphones. Sound gear tends to go on deep discount for Black Friday and it is the perfect time to buy a Christmas gift for a music lover or to upgrade some of
your older equipment.
Amazon: Get JLab Go Air Tones True Wireless Earbuds for $20.
Bose: Get Bose Surround Speakers for $399.
Sonos: Get up to $100 off Speaker Sets.
1. Doorbuster TVs
This may come as a surprise, since Black Friday is infamous for its “doorbuster” TV sales, but never the less, we caution you against buying a TV at a price that may be too good to be true. Even deals from well-known electronic companies like
Sony or Samsung can be “derivative” models. In other words, they are scaled down versions of their regular TVs. They are made cheaper for mass consumption and often have lower quality components, fewer HDMI ports and other issues that
aren’t worth the money you’ll save.
A better time to score a great TV deal is during the week leading up to Superbowl Sunday. The Super Bowl usually falls right after the annual Consumer Electronics Show, when many manufacturers release their newest models, so retailers often offer
deep discounts on older models to make way for the newer TVs.
2. Ultra-low-price laptops
The same principle applies to ultra-discounted laptops. In order to offer the almost impossible bargain prices of their Black Friday sales, many brands sell cheaper laptop models with issues like inadequate memory, insufficient operating power and missing
You’ll see a fair number of jewelry deals advertised during Black Friday events, but don’t be fooled. More often than not, these ultra low prices mean that the piece was originally overpriced or that the stone is undesirable. If you see a
great price on something you’ve wanted for a long time, then this might still be a good purchase, but don’t be lured into buying anything that wasn’t already on your wish list.
4. Holiday merchandise
If possible, hold off on shopping holiday decorations during Black Friday sales or any other time during November. This is still prime time for holiday decoration sales so the savings won’t be as low as they could be. The best deals on holiday merchandise
will emerge after Christmas, when you can save on tinsel, ornaments, lights and other goodies for next season.
5. A new car
Historically, November has been a good time to buy a car. However, the past couple of years the industry has experienced a computer chip shortage. Tight supply means you’ll have a harder time finding a car you want and an even harder time finding
a good deal. Because of the supply chain issue, even the prices of used vehicles have also continued to be higher than usual.
6. Large appliances and mattresses
On Black Friday you will see some pretty decent deals on large appliances and beds, but holiday weekends like the Fourth of July really are the best time of the year to buy these items. If you can, hold off on shopping for appliances or mattresses
until three-day weekend holidays. Some of your best bets are Independence Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day sales.
(Partially reprinted from offers.com)
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