Now Playing
My Magic 94.9
Last Song Played
Tampa Bay's Best Music

Posted: November 16, 2017

Black Friday 2017: What to buy, what to avoid

Black Friday 2017 Deals

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

On Black Friday, you’ll want to know which items to stand in line for, and which items to buy after the holiday season has passed. You can end up saving a lot of money (and time) by shopping smart as you weave your way through the crowds or shop online.

What to buy on Black Friday:

Home appliances  They may not be the sexiest of gifts, but small and large home appliances often are priced to sell on Black Friday. From electric mixers and coffeemakers to refrigerators and dishwashers, Bankrate.com says it’s worth checking out the deals on these items on Black Friday.

Televisions (basic models): While some analysts say January, leading up to the Super Bowl, is the best time to find a television at a good price, there are still plenty of TV deals on Black Friday. Keep in mind that lower-end models tend to be priced the most competitively, making Black Friday the perfect time to pick up a television for a second bedroom or the kids’ room. If you are looking for a high-end television, it’s better to wait until after Black Friday.

Mainstream laptops and tablets: Shoppers will find many basic laptop models at bargain-basement prices on Black Friday. Power users looking for good deals on high-end laptops should wait until after Black Friday.
The same logic applies to tablets. There will be plenty of Black Friday doorbusters featuring basic tablet models; just don’t expect steep discounts on iPads.

Gaming system bundles: Nerdwallet says gaming system bundles should receive good discounts on Black Friday. In years past, gaming system bundles have been priced up to $50 off the regular price on Black Friday.
 
What not to buy on Black Friday:

Furniture: The furniture sales cycle resets in the summer, so if you wait until Black Friday, you won’t be getting the best deals, according to The Street. And while buying outdoor furniture in winter might seem like a wise plan, retail experts say most of that merchandise has been removed from the floor to make room for holiday items by Black Friday, so you won’t find great deals on the remaining products. 

Toys: Unless your child is hoping for one of this year’s hottest toys, it’s actually better to wait until Cyber Monday or early December to shop for toys, according to Bankrate.com. The toy that is priced up to half-off on Black Friday may end up being priced up to 75 percent off if you wait.

Winter clothes: Avoid spending your shopping money on winter clothing during Black Friday, because it generally sells at a much deeper discount soon after the holiday season ends. 

Workout equipment: You might think that the best time to purchase workout equipment is during Black Friday, but the biggest deals on fitness equipment actually take place right after the turn of the new year.

Tools: You can still get your husband that tool set he’s been wanting for Christmas, just wait to purchase it until December, when tools and equipment sell for the largest discounts.

Gift cards: There are rarely good deals on gift card purchases on Black Friday. The Street says this is because gift cards are the gift choice of procrastinators, so wait until just before Christmas to score better deals.
 
Holiday decor: Although you might want to buy a few special ornaments or decorations for your house on Black Friday, plan ahead by purchasing next year’s décor right after Christmas, when seasonal items are sold at clearance prices.


Related

Pixabay

Shopping mall

Pixabay

Shopping mall

10 ways to save money during the holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ...

That’s how the song goes, right? The lights are twinkling. The tables are set. The kids are excited and counting down the days. There is joy and revelry in the air everywhere you go. 

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year -- but it’s also the most expensive. 

>> Read more trending news 

Here are 10 tips on how to keep your holiday budget under control:

1. Make a plan

It doesn’t have to be a 20-page spreadsheet -– just take a look at your finances, set the absolute number you can spend and stick to it. Hide credit cards until after the holidays, so you aren’t tempted to use them.

2. Do some preemptive cutbacks

While having family around the dinner table is a tradition during the holidays, it’s as much if not more of a tradition to end up eating out.

Try cutting back on these trips during the holiday season to preserve your holiday spending fun. Eat out of your pantry for a week, and if you do go out, drink water instead of alcohol.

3. Cut back on your gift list

While wanting to give all the things to all the people is a sign of a kind and generous soul, it can also be very expensive very quickly.

Try writing your gift list down and prioritizing them: Who really should get a gift, and who will be just as touched by a card?

4. Be creative with your gifts

You don’t have to shop for everyone -- you can create some DIY gifts. One example is a little candy bag, tied up in a bag from a craft store. Another -- if you have photography skills -- is getting the best photo you made this year printed out and insert it into cards.

5. Get the kids to edit their lists

If there’s anyone you want to give all the presents to, it’s your kids. But that can quickly run up some big bills.

Ask your kids to focus their Christmas list to one or two items that they really want. This will help them reduce their greediness and you reduce your debt load.

6. Give back

The holidays are a good time to help teach your kids about people who aren’t able to give or get presents and what can be done to help them. Go through their unused or old toys and donate them to a shelter or gift drive.

7. Focus the decorations

Decorating your home is a fun part of the season that can involve the whole family.

Keep the decorations focused on certain areas to avoid clutter and buying lots of things you don’t need. Think about the front door, the living room and the dining room table, for starters.

8. Cut your own tree

Getting a Christmas tree is one of the highlights of the season -- and it can also be one of the bigger bills.

If you live near a wooded area that isn’t posted for trespassing, look at cutting one down yourself. Go to a cut-your-own tree farm for a fresher, cheaper tree and a fun family outing.

9. Potluck parties

If you’re hosting the holiday party, think about having it be a potluck affair. Everyone’s gift to each other can be what they bring for food. Or, if you all live near each other, you can have each course at a different house.

10. Find free holiday activities

Driving or walking around your neighborhood to see the holiday lights is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. If you live near a city or town, go see what their decorations look like.

A group outdoor ice skating adventure is another fun way to play outside.

If you want to stay in, try some DIY ornament projects.

RELATED: Check your pockets — these rare dimes are worth nearly $2 million

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

 
 

 

MAGIC INSTAGRAM

MAGIC TWITTER


10 NEWS 7 DAY FORECAST


7 Day Forecast

 

Amazon Alexa

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!