For many bargain hunters, November brings the most sacred of shopping holidays — Black Friday. While there are many deals to be dealt on that day, there are also items not traditionally connected to Black Friday that can be had at substantial savings.
Cookware: "One of the first good items to buy in November that isn't necessarily tied to Black Friday is cookware," says Lindsay Sakraida, features director for Dealnews.com, a consumer website. Cookware, cutlery sets, dining sets and small appliances are all expected to hit the lowest prices of the year in November.
Hardware: Expect substantial savings on tools at stores such as Home Depot, Sakraida says. The discounts may not be as deep as they were several years ago, but you will still find some good markdowns.
Free turkeys: "A lot of grocery stores will offer a free turkey if you reach a minimum purchase," says Sakraida. She spotted one store that gave turkeys to anyone spending at least $400 in one month, which isn't much if you do your regular grocery shopping at that store, she says.
Wedding dresses: It is also possible to get a well-priced wedding dress this month because sales are slow and boutiques are willing to negotiate, Sakraida says.
But of course, the moment many shoppers wait for in November is Black Friday, and some deals will not disappoint.
Televisions: Shoppers will see the best prices on TVs — a frequent Black Friday doorbuster — from third-tier manufacturers such as Westinghouse, Sakraida says. Upscale brands probably will have better discounts in the first quarter of the new year.
Laptops/tablets: Laptops will also be available for bargain prices, Sakraida says, but these will be basic dual-core systems that could fall as low as $179 this month. Higher-end models will carry the best discounts in coming months.
Even Apple offers a Black Friday discount, but at a mere 5 to 10 percent, it isn't that great, Sakraida says. However, the iPad2, which could drop to a low of $299, may have the best promotions of any tablets on Black Friday, Sakraida says.
Toys: "The deals on toys are pretty good," Sakraida says. Even the newest toys may be marked down to 50 percent off around Black Friday. Video games released earlier in the year are up to 75 percent off on Black Friday, she says. But overall, with toys, it may pay to wait. "If you are not in a rush and you wait until December, you can get a bit of a better deal," Sakraida says.