By Chris Dato • October 30, 2014
Some of the greatest deals in retail are offered during the holiday season. Many of these sales take place on Black Friday, which can mean big crowds to go along with the big saving and often require you to scratch and claw for a deal on a particular item. These sales offer unmatched savings on items like televisions and game consoles, but require some exceptional effort from the consumer, like showing up to the store at some ungodly hour. On a related note, check out this article on getting a deal on a new television for Thanksgiving. Although we will be reporting on Black Friday deals as the day draws closer, this article is going to focus on items that are a good buy for all of November. But with so many savvy shoppers competing for deals, how can you make sure you emerge this holiday the big winner? The key is to know what you are looking for.
The first weeks of November, as you might have guessed, is inarguably the best time to get killer deals on Halloween items. As soon as the 31st has come and gone, retailers scramble to clear their shelf space for the upcoming buying frenzy. This inevitable involves dramatically discounting their Halloween its, so take advantage and stock up. Items like decorations and costumes will have to be stored until the following year, but the money and future time saved make storing it a small price. Halloween candy will also be heavily discounted, which really doesn’t even make sense. Half off fun sized Snickers just because they are shaped like skulls and say trick-or-treat on the bag? I would have paid extra for that! Nonetheless, still a great way to stock up on some candy for the nest few weeks.
The pressure to impress the in-laws is never greater than during the holiday season. Thanksgiving dinner can be your shining homemaker moment, and it might not cost you as much as you think. Many trend analysts report that this November is the best time to buy cookware, as retailers will be running twice as many kitchen deals as they have in previous years. These sales will apply to many kitchen necessities, from pots and pans to small appliances. Even high end brands, like the beautifully designed and quality kitchen products at Sur La Table, are on sale for up to 65% off for Thanksgiving. Make sure you take advantage of this timely sale, and have all of the necessary tools to tackle that turkey dinner.
Finally, this coming November is a great time to fill in any empty slots in the old toolbox. Big retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s will be offering up big savings on power tools, individually or in a set, as well as hand tools starting in November. This is a perfect time to get the tools you need to finish that holiday do-it-yourself project, or to start finding stocking stuffers for your handy significant other. If you want some ideas for projects to use your shiny new tools on, check out our series on simple DIY home repairs.
These upcoming two months are some of the most exciting for saving hungry shoppers. Hopefully these tips about the best things to buy in November will give you a leg up on your customer competition.
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'