Experts: Worst things to buy on Black Friday

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, more than 165.3 million people are expected to take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday's sales in one of the most anticipated shopping holidays of the year.

But before you're tempted by these flashy promo codes and enticing once-a-year steals, you might want to read up on what shopping experts say will be the biggest waste of money the day after Thanksgiving.

Here are the products RetailMeNot shopping and trends expert Sara Skirboll says to avoid purchasing during this year's Black Friday.


"You may find ads for doorbuster deals on furniture from your local department stores or retailers, but don’t give in to the hype. Black Friday is not the time to buy these items as indoor furniture is at its lowest in January and July through August, while the best discounts on patio furniture happen between August and September."

Spring airfare

"Sometimes buying airline tickets far in advance does not always yield the best airfare. Wait until after January to purchase airline tickets for spring travel. The optimum window to lock in airfare for this time of year is about six to eight weeks out."


"Don’t jump at the first toy sales you see. The best deals on toys are found about two weeks before Christmas."


"Cooler weather may have you wanting to curl up in a new set of sheets and bedding, but hold off on these purchases. 'White sales' are held in January where all matters of linens, sheets, bedding and towels will be heavily discounted."

Fitness Equipment

"While some may want to work off their Thanksgiving dinner by purchasing or gifting a fitness fanatic with some new fitness equipment or new gym membership. Save your generosity for the new year. Most studios, classes and equipment will be heavily discounted in the new year to keep up with New Year Resolutions."