Pre-Holiday Bargains
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The Best Things to Buy in November

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Pre-Holiday Bargains
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Pre-Holiday Bargains

To buy or not to buy in November? That's the big question as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks off. Between Black Friday and other holiday promotions, seemingly everything is on sale in November, as retailers advertise "the biggest discounts of the year." Here's a look at what's really worth buying in November and what will be discounted further in the weeks following.


Related: 14 Things That Aren't Worth Buying on Black Friday

Halloween Novelties
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Halloween Novelties

When Halloween is over and done, retailers waste no time clearing the shelves. November is the time to find next year's costume, often at half off. Halloween decorations and candy are also deeply discounted in November. Load up for holiday baking, stocking stuffers, and school snacks.


Related: The Spookiest Halloween Decorations on Amazon

Cookware
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Cookware

With home chefs getting a head start on holiday cooking, cookware deals heat up. Be on the lookout for discounted cookware to equip your kitchen, give as a gift, or store in anticipation of a wedding invitation. 


Related: 27 Kitchen Essentials That Are Built to Last

Home Services
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Home Goods
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Home Goods

If you're cleaning the house for holiday gatherings and discover your upright vacuum is on its last wheel, this is a good time to save on a new one. The same goes for large and small appliances and furniture all through the house, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

Tool Kits
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Tool Kits

Know someone who just bought a house, or have a handyman on your shopping list this holiday season? Tool kits are often included in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales alongside flashier gifts.


Related: DIY in the USA: Tools That Are Still Made in America

Outerwear
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Outerwear

Hats and gloves make useful stocking stuffers. Look for these items and other winter wear to be discounted for Black Friday — the perfect time to stock up.


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Wedding Dress
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Wedding Dress

If you've recently gotten engaged, sew up that wedding dress now. November is a slow month for bridal retailers, who typically respond with lower-than-average prices. Getting a jump on planning leaves plenty of time to complete the critical alterations. 


Related: 20 Best Online Shops for Buying an Affordable Wedding Dress

Movies
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Movies

Blu-rays and DVDs can still make good stocking stuffers, depending on whose stocking it is. With prices as low as $2 or $3 in Black Friday sales, shoppers can pick up a few and put the savings toward other items on their lists. 

Electronics
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Cheap Cosmetics
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Purchases With Free Gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals sometimes come in the form of a gift — for instance, department store cosmetics counters might offer a free fragrance with a minimum purchase. Even if it doesn't appeal to you, that small freebie could make a nice stocking stuffer.


Related: 101 Christmas Gifts for $25 or Less

Seasonal Produce
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Seasonal Produce

November is a big month for food. Thanksgiving tables groan under the weight of hearty repasts that incorporate seasonal produce. Apples, pears, cranberries, plums, clementines, and pumpkins round out the fall assortment of fruit (yes, pumpkins are a fruit) while broccoli, leeks, cabbage, squash, cauliflower, parsnips, celery, chestnuts, shallots, turnips, yams, and the ever-versatile potato are good in-season vegetables to buy in November.


Related: 50 Things to Pick Up at the Grocery Store This Fall

Meat
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Meat

Despite high demand for the turkey and other game that typically form the core of winter holiday meals, these meats often sell for discounted prices leading up to the feast days. Buy one variety for Thanksgiving dinner and freeze a second for a December holiday spread.


Related: 16 Creative Ways to Cook Your Turkey

Storage Containers
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Winter Coats
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Wait: Apparel

Clothes may be on a lot of wish lists, but unless they're a must-have for someone special, wait until January for the biggest markdowns on winter clothing and shoes.


Related: Clothing Brands That Are Still Made in America

Wait: Toys
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Collectibles
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Wait: Collectibles

Are you angling for a "baby's first Christmas" ornament with the year prominently displayed? If so, wait until December to fork over the cash. Although dated collectibles go on sale in November, better deals pop up in December. And if you can hold out until January, the price declines will be steeper yet — on a very limited selection, however.


Related: 30 Collectibles That Are Now Worthless