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Oct 24 2017
4 months ago
1:50 PM MST

10 Things NOT to Buy on Black Friday

Oct 24, 2017 @ 1:50 PM MST
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Can you believe that Black Friday is a few weeks away?! That means it’s almost time to gather the kids, dress them in comfy shoes, about 13 layers of warm clothes 😉 , and pack up the car with a plethora of snacks, blankets, and chairs in preparation to wait in line for hours in the wee hours of the night.

Sounds CRAZY, right?! 😜 …Not to Many!

Millions of Americans are still expected to shop over Thanksgiving weekend this year and spend billions of dollars between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. BUT, are the in-store deals really worth the craziness with the upcoming Cyber Monday deals that you’ll be able to score in your pajamas? And not to mention that most Black Friday deals will be available online too!

Some doorbuster deals can be great buys if you know what to look for (especially if they’re on your holiday shopping list anyway). However, there are some items you’ll want to avoid if possible and not get blinded by the hype…

Here are 10 Things NOT to Buy on Black Friday:

1.) The Latest iPhone

While some stores may offer gift cards when you purchase the latest iPhone at full price, you’ll be better off waiting until December to score a deal on the newest iPhone. However, you may have better luck scoring a deal on the previous generation iPhone when you sign a contract with a carrier.

2.) Linens & Bedding

Unless Aunt Hilda is coming to visit for Christmas and you have nothing for her to sleep on, you’re better off waiting until January when these items usually hit their lowest prices during White Sales.

3.) Jewelry

Although jewelry is an easy Christmas gift to give (especially for those who don’t know what to get that special someone), consider waiting until around Mother’s Day or late summer (July/August) where you’ll be able to score a better deal on your jewelry purchase.

4.) Fitness Equipment

After the holidays and once the New Year hits, people are motivated to get in shape and willing to buy fitness equipment. Stores know this and tend to offer the best deals starting in January.

5.) Gift Cards

There may be a few gift card deals during Black Friday, but if you wait until December, many restaurants and retailers offer LOTS of gift card deals to get shoppers in the holiday shopping spirit.

6.) Brand Name TVs

You’ll be able to find these for less towards the end of December when retailers start clearing out older models to make room for next year’s models. Also, January is a big month for TV sales with the approach of Super Bowl Sunday.

7.) Winter Clothing

If you can wait until January, that’s when these items will start hitting the clearance racks and you’ll find huge savings on highly rated and well-known brands!

8.) Toys

Black Friday is actually not the best time to buy toys for the holidays. You may find nice discounts on this year’s most popular toy and be happy to have your shopping done (after waiting for hours in line), but often retailers will mark that same toy down even less about two weeks before Christmas.

Plus, if you’re not sure what toys you’re wanting to buy, January and June are when Target has their Toy Clearance events and marks down toys up to 90% off – a great time to stock the toy closet!

9.) High-Powered Laptops

It may seem that there are a lot of deals on laptops during Black Friday; however, most deals are for basic, mainstream laptops without all the bells and whistles. You’ll be able to find better deals on laptops with superior graphics and faster processors during the months of July and September.

10.) Holiday Decorations

Unless there is something you just absolutely can’t live without, you’re better off waiting for the huge after-clearance events that happen in January. When shopping the after-holiday clearance, consider stocking up on holiday items you may need for next year while the prices are rock bottom.

What items are on YOUR holiday shopping list?

Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

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