What to Buy in November — and What to Avoid (Even on Black Friday)

Between Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's tempting to shop like crazy this month. Here's a guide to the best bargains and some things not to buy.

This post comes from Louis Ramirez at partner site Deal News.

November is the ultimate shopping month for deal hunters. Not only will you find above-average sales every week, but this month you also get to shop Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

These days represent the ultimate trifecta for bargain hunters, with price lows that you simply don’t see throughout the rest of the year. However, not every sale you come across in November will offer true price lows. Thus, we’re here to tell you what you should buy this month, what will be cheaper next month, and what you should avoid at all costs.

Prepare for an explosion of kitchen deals

Whether you’re a casual cook or an everyday chef, November is the absolute best time to buy kitchen goods and appliances. Even high-end devices like KitchenAid mixers and Pyrex container sets will see extraordinary deals. Last year, a whopping 44 percent of kitchen deals earned our coveted Editors’ Choice seal, meaning that they were at their lowest price point ever. By comparison, only 18 percent of kitchen deals generally get that distinction throughout most of the year. Look for deals from stores like Amazon, Sears and Wal-Mart.

Now is the time to make that major appliance purchase

From Dyson vacuums to washer and dryer units, November is the month you want to make your major appliance purchase. Black Friday week in particular will offer an abundance of deals on laundry units, vacuums, dishwashers and refrigerators. The best deals will come from Sears, Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Also keep an eye out for significant discounts on drills and hand tools, from stores like Home Depot, Sears, Harbor Freight Tools and Ace Hardware. Some hand-tool deals may require in-store pickup, otherwise you can expect the usual free shipping discounts to apply.

Opt for the iPad mini 4, not the iPad Pro

Although we don’t have an exact launch date, Apple gave the impression that its new iPad Pro will be out in time for Black Friday. However, because it’s such a new device and essentially a new category for Apple, your chances of scoring a deal on the iPad Pro are slim-to-none. Even if a retailer decides to discount the tablet, don’t expect anything substantial. Instead, look for deals on the recently released iPad mini 4, which is essentially an iPad Air 2 in a mini’s chassis, or if you require a bigger screen, the iPad Air 2. Last November brought a deluge of iPad deals with both the iPad mini and iPad Air 2 receiving $100 off.

Android and Windows tablets will hit rock bottom

If you don’t want to invest a lot of money on a tablet, November is an ideal time to buy a budget tablet. Off-brand Android tablets will drop to as low as $20, whereas Windows tablets, excluding the Surface, will hit around $45.

If you want to spend even less, you could opt for refurbished units, which we expect to sell for $15 and $30, respectively. However, for a better tablet experience, it will be hard to top Amazon’s latest $50 Fire tablet. Moreover, you can expect to see deals on previous-generation Fire tablets in the $45 price range.

End of year apparel sales bring stackable coupons

November apparel sales are easy to predict because retailers tend to offer similar deals to the ones they had the previous year. That means you can expect the average apparel deal to shave 54 percent off, whereas the best sales will take up to 80 percent off. Coupons, of which there will be many, will take as much as 60 percent off. However, stackable coupons will be a little more moderate, taking between 20 to 30 percent off. One thing to keep in mind is that online retailers will start their Black Friday clothing deals early in the week, so don’t wait until Black Friday to do your clothes shopping. Instead, start on the Monday of that week.

Look for console deals you’ll actually want

Sony gave the PlayStation 4 its first ever price cut in early October, shaving its price to $349, which is on par with Microsoft’s Xbox One pricing. Here at DealNews, we had already seen deals lower than that for both consoles, and now that Black Friday has arrived, we expect to see the best bundles of the year. Look for bundles that offer not just one, but two free games. And make sure you do the math. If each game in the bundle comes out to less than $60, then you’re getting a good deal.

Some shoppers may be tempted to purchase refurbished consoles in order to save some money, but depending on your budget, they may not offer the best value. We predict refurbished/used Xbox One and PS4 consoles will sell for around $250. However, new bundles (with up to two free games) will sell for about $300, which makes the latter the better value in the long run, because many of the refurb units don’t include games.

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