Pre-Holiday Bargains
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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 (which is arriving early this year) 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. You’ll also want to remember these 37 Things You Should Do to Save Money During the Holidays, too. 

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

Halloween Novelties
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Cookware
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Cookware

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

Related: 27 Kitchen Essentials That Are Built to Last

Home Services
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Home Services

Spending money on holiday shopping leaves little room in the budget for home improvement services such as carpet installation or small remodeling projects. But if there's room in the budget, November (or December) is a good time to give the green light. With demand down, home improvement contractors are looking for business and may be willing to negotiate.

Related: 13 Little Home Improvement Projects That Make a Big Difference

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.

Related: 32 Spring Maintenance Must-Haves From Costco

Tool Kits
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Tool Kits

Know someone who just bought a new 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 for just about anyone. 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 the planning maelstrom leaves plenty of time to complete the critical alterations. You'll want to check out these 20 Best Online Shops for Buying an Affordable Wedding Dress, too.

Movies
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Movies

Blu-rays and DVDs make excellent stocking stuffers. 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. 

Related: Holiday Gifts You Can Get at the Dollar Store

Electronics
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Electronics

Black Friday is one of the best times to buy electronics such as HDTVs, cheap laptops, tablets, digital cameras, and more. Retailers like Best Buy are announcing their Black Friday deals well before Thanksgiving this year, so keep an eye peeled for those.

Related: The Hottest Tech Gifts This Holiday Season

Cheap Cosmetics
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Purchases With Free Gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals sometimes come in the form of a free gift. Or, perhaps a department store cosmetics counter offers a free fragrance with a minimum purchase. Even if it doesn't appeal to you personally, 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 make companionable 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

Turkey and other game, such as goose and pheasant, typically form the core of winter holiday meals. Despite high demand, 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. You'll want to remember these 16 Creative Ways to Cook Your Turkey when you start cooking.

Related: How Much More Does Meat Cost Now?

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