What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Buy on Black Friday
I take Black Friday seriously. That’s because I’m an expert shopper (not to mention superior bargain hunter.) My never-ending mission? Check off as many items on my holiday shopping list as I can - while saving as much money as possible.
That being said. I’ve learned my lesson about falling for doorbusters. (Like, literally falling down the mall escalator...yep most embarrassing moment during Black Friday 2016.)
These days, I put a bit more work into researching the deals and details so I don’t get duped. After all, while there are Black Friday discounts on about 85% of products, a sneaky 10% may actually be more expensive than normal, according to WalletHub. So be careful deal seekers!
Here’s my yes/no/maybe guide to Black Friday 2019.
Yes, those cashmere sweaters are gorgeous — and yes, they’ll be less expensive in January. WalletHub reports that you’ll only see 33% clothing savings on Black Friday; you’re better off waiting for a half-off coupon.
Retailers offer tempting sales on glittering seasonal décor, but you’ll see steeper discounts from Dec. 26 onward. You can make it one more year with those old string lights, I promise.
If your little one has his/her eye on the hottest toy of the year, consider paying full price to beat the mad rush. Or, take advantage of toy deals during the two weeks leading up to the holidays.
Furniture and bedding
NerdWallet notes that prices on bedding and linens will be slashed up to 70% off during January’s “white sales.” For furniture, wait for summer’s closeout sales.
Proceed with caution
Video game consoles
The new Xbox® and PlayStation® models won’t arrive until 2020, but you might see deals on older consoles bundled with accessories. Stuff the stockings with discounted video games instead.
Be wary of off-brand TVs at too-good-to-be-true prices. Before you buy, do your research and pick a trusted brand. Top-of-the-line models may see bigger savings in December.
Computers and phones
These items experience the worst Black Friday deals, according to WalletHub. But, if your loved ones don’t mind an older iPhone® or laptop model, take advantage of retailers’ modest discounts.
Go, go, go!
Books and movies
While they may not be the obvious Black Friday choices, WalletHub estimates 48% savings on books and movies — great news if you have avid readers and film buffs in the family.
Smart home gadgets
Smart devices are often bundled with other Black Friday purchases. Keep your eyes open for deals if you want to hear your family shouting “Alexa!” all through 2020.
Blender, toaster, slow cooker, rice maker, air fryer, standing mixer, you name it; it’ll probably be on sale. RetailMeNot predicts 40% to 50% savings on kitchen gear this Black Friday.
That fancy new washer/dryer, fridge or vacuum cleaner may be marked down by 30%, WalletHub advises. Take a look at outdoor gas grills, too. You’ll be bragging about your savings from now until summer 2020.
Like planning before you go Black Friday shopping, having a strategy in place for home repairs in and around your home is also a good idea.
Find out more about plans from HomeServe.