Welcome to November, shoppers. We're serving you our monthly edition of "Best Things to Buy," and as you'd expect, it's packed full of deals that lend themselves to the holidays. Let's dig in.
7 Best Things to Buy in November
The 7 Best Things to Buy in November
"November is the month where everybody buys a turkey, but that doesn't mean there are not turkey deals to be had," notes Charles Tran, founder of CreditDonkey.com, which focuses on saving consumers money. Tran says that consumers can expect low prices on turkeys as retailers try to get you to walk in their doors instead of their competitors'. "Many supermarkets will offer promotions to reward customers with a free or discounted turkey if they spend a minimum amount."
Yep, we've officially reached the month of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This may send you into a nervous frenzy, or it could have you eager to hit the stores at 5 a.m. come Nov. 29. Either way, start preparing to get the best deals this season. Step 1: Sign up for your favorite online retailers' newsletters and subscribe to their social media feeds to gain access to insider deals. Step 2: For brick and mortar stores, pick up Sunday newspapers each weekend and explore stores in advance to make note of current prices and store layouts.
November isn't a popular month for brides to shop gowns and other wedding necessities. As such, retailers are eager to host promotions that stir up sales. "We've seen discounts on wedding dresses and supplies ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent off," notes Tran.
November and December are two months that families traditionally spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For this reason, retailers often feature cookware, silverware and serving supplies in printed and online advertisements, TV commercials and store displays. To draw you into the store, they put these items on steep discount. If you need to replace anything in your kitchen -- or if you need to stock up before the holidays -- November is the best month to do so.
Speaking of the kitchen, if you need a new dishwasher, refrigerator, washer or dryer, November is an excellent month to buy one. "Many large-appliance manufacturers release new models in September and October," explains Tran. "Shop last year's models to get some of the best deals on large appliances in early November." He says that the selection may be limited, but impressive deals can be found.
November is an excellent time to stock up on Blu-Ray movies for your own collection or as gifts. "We've seen deals on online retailers for as low as $3," says Tran. Now that's a bargain.
Holiday gift sets make for excellent presents, but they're also an ingenious way to get more for your money. Cosmetic brands and perfumers often release limited edition collections that pack impressive value into one low cost. In addition to buying as gifts, consider picking up one or two gift sets that include items you use for you.