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Black Friday is a good time for seniors on a budget to take advantage of steep discounts on clothing, kitchenware, household goods, arts and crafts -- even technology. With that in mind, here are 20 Black Friday deals that seniors may want to add to their shopping lists this holiday season to enjoy for themselves.
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KITCHENAID MIXER FOR $200
For anyone who loves baking goodies for loved ones over the holidays, this might be the best time of year to pick up a new KitchenAid mixer at a bargain price. A 5-quart model from Sears will be bargain priced at $200 (a $50 savings) for Black Friday. This is a "doorbuster" deal available from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving (at most stores) to 1 p.m. on Black Friday.
HEATED BEDDING UP TO 70% OFF
Heated bedding may seem an extravagance, but it makes for a warm and cozy night's sleep, and Macy's is featuring 60 to 70 percent off for Black Friday. The sale includes assorted heated blankets, mattress pads, and throws.
$10 OFF CHROMECAST
A recent survey by smart TV maker TCL found that 1 in 5 baby boomers identifies as a cord-cutter. Those thinking about canceling cable can try streaming Netflix, looking at Facebook photos, and playing other content from an Android phone on a TV screen for cheap with Chromecast. Walmart will be offering the device for $25 on Black Friday, down from $35.
MORE THAN 50% OFF THERMAL UNDERWEAR
For someone with poor circulation, thermal underwear can offer additional warmth and comfort on cold winter days. A two-piece set of ladies' Cuddl Duds ClimateRight stretch fleece underwear will be available at Walmart for $9 (normally $10 for separates). The pieces get overall ratings of nearly 5 stars from hundreds of reviewers.
MORE THAN 50% OFF BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Whether it's classical music or the newest podcast, tune in with the Altec Lansing Mini H2O Bluetooth speaker, which will be $19 at Walmart (originally $40). It resists water, sand, shock, and snow and also accepts phone calls.
VEGGETTI PRO FOR $10
Walmart lists this useful tool for $10 on Black Friday (about half off the regular price), so get ready for zucchini linguine, cucumber noodle stir-fry, and other low-carb alternatives to pasta.
UP TO 82% OFF BELLA KITCHENWARE
Macy's is offering big savings on a variety of Bella kitchenware. The discounts include a 12-inch electric skillet or a 1.7-liter electric kettle for $8 after a $12 mail-in rebate.
60% OFF BOSE IN-EAR HEADPHONES
Active seniors who enjoy listening to music can listen through the Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones, which will be on sale for $40 at Best Buy (originally $100). The great sound and quality design have earned the headphones 4.6 stars from nearly 400 reviewers.
BOGO SCRAPBOOKS AND PHOTO ALBUMS
Stock up during a Black Friday buy-one, get-one sale on scrapbooks and photo albums at Michaels to allow plenty of room for collecting fond memories and photos of grandchildren. (The second album must be of equal or lesser value, and the offer excludes clearance items.)
50% OFF YARN
For those who enjoy knitting, Michaels is also having a big sale on all kinds of yarn, including Loops & Threads Charisma yarn for $2 (more than half off).
$20 OFF A DIRT DEVIL PRO EXPRESS
Chores may bring down holiday cheer, but a vacuum deal can help. The Dirt Devil Pro Express is lightweight and boasts powerful suction, and Target is knocking $20 off the $45 regular price for Black Friday.
HALF OFF A CHENILLE THROW
When temperatures drop, it's always good to have a warm blanket around. A luxurious chenille throw from Target's Threshold line will be $10 for Black Friday, reduced from $20.
FINE JEWELRY UP TO 80% OFF
Show affection and love with fine jewelry, up to 80 percent off at Kmart on Black Friday. A 10-karat gold cross pendant is listed at $25, reduced from $200.
FREE SLOW COOKER
Slow cookers ease meal preparation and are ideal for making traditional comfort foods such as stews and roasts. They typically aren't expensive, but a free slow cooker is a rare deal. The final Black Friday price for a Bella manual slow cooker (normally $30) is $0 at Macy's after a $10 mail-in rebate. This doorbuster deal will be available from 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving (at most stores) until 1 p.m. on Black Friday.
PYREX FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR $18
Frequent use and washing causes wear and tear on glass and tupperware lids, so upgrade old containers this season with a 22-piece set of Pyrex food storage containers. Macy's lists the set for $18 (after a $10 rebate) as part of a Black Friday doorbuster sale. At 1 p.m. on Black Friday, the pre-rebate price goes up to $35 from $28 -- still more than half off the regular price of $80.
70% OFF CHARTER CLUB DOWN PILLOWS
Head to Macy's for Charter Club down pillows, which will be on sale for 70 percent off. This is a doorbuster deal that lasts only from 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving until 2 a.m.
DOWN ALTERNATIVE COMFORTERS FOR $48
Ramp up the sleep game even more with a Premier Comfort reversible sherpa polyester-fill comforter. Regularly $70 to $90 at Macy's for twin to king sizes, these cozy, warm comforters are listed at $48 for Black Friday. This doorbuster deal will be available 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
TWO-FER PET TOYS
Spoil pets with with a buy-one, get-one sale on toys, apparel, and treats at Petco. Pet coats and dog beds will also be slashed 50 percent.
LOVETHISLIFE JEWELRY 60% OFF
For women who enjoy youthful bangles and charm bracelets, head to Kohl's and peruse the Lovethislife sterling silver jewelry collection. Pieces already discounted to $20 and set to be reduced to $15 (from $50) include expandable bangles and pendant necklaces.