October 30th, 2015
Are you ready for the biggest shopping days of the year? Of course we’re talking about Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
Some stores will be open early on Thanksgiving. Other stores say that they want to give their employees the holiday off. What do you think? Do you enjoy shopping after the Thanksgiving meal?
Or do you prefer to wait until the weekend and do all of your shopping online?
Historically, Amazon offers tremendous deals, but you have to wait by your computer and hope that you are one of the few that can get the deal. Some people enjoy the excitement, but then end up with items they didn’t really want.
We will be posting more about Black Friday and Cyber Monday closer to then. We will mention to check out online sites like BFAds to track sales and plan your purchases in advance.
Some grocery stores are offering a free turkey if you purchase a certain amount of groceries (usually $50-100).
Halloween candy won’t be free but it will be dirt cheap. Look for exceptional discounts everywhere. And remember, you can freeze the candy to last you throughout the year (or at least until after Easter). Or you could donate to organizations that send candy to troops stationed overseas.
Cookware is on the cheap. And the good news is that even the best cookware is affordable. Companies are lowering the prices as they know people will be cooking during the holiday season.
Android and Windows tablets should have some exceptional promotions. There is a huge variety of options out there, and prices are getting cut to get your attention.
Winter season apparel items will likely see their best sales beginning in January. However, many stores will actually offer their best online coupons of the year in the weeks leading up to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Even better, most will combine the coupons with existing sales and markdowns. So if you can’t wait until the clearance sales in January, then the “best of the year” coupons during Black Friday apparel sales will at least slash 30% to 50% off current season items, with some reaching even higher discounts.
Buy toys that you know you will want to give this holiday season. As always, the prices may go down even farther but you run the risk of that toy not being in stock.
Major appliances tend to have good prices now as do tools, televisions and other electronics. The best deals are going to be Black Friday. Mainstream laptops are predicted to dominate the doorbuster sales.
Electronics-wise, go for the iPad mini4 but not the iPad Pro since we don’t have an exact launch date from Apple yet.
There will be a large amount of year end apparel sales.
Sony gave the PlayStation 4 its first price cut in early October to have it compete with the Xbox One pricing. Expect some really good bundle deals on Black Friday.
Hopefully you already purchased your tickets for any travel you’ll be doing during the holiday season. Now is when the prices start going back up. You may still find a good deal (Vegas deals were great last year), but use your noodle and do a lot of comparison shopping.
Furniture is usually not discounted this month. Home furnishings tend to have their best deals in July and August, and patio furniture clearance sales dominate in August and September.
Hold off on gift cards. December is when we see the best discounts on gift cards.
High end gaming laptops and ultraportables don’t have the best prices now. Their deals were July through September during back-to-school sales.
And winter gear is still current, so you won’t see any good price markdowns on that.
Stock up on turkey if you like it and have the space for it in the freezer. This is the lowest price you’ll find.