Can you believe that we’re now in November and Black Friday 2018 is just a few weeks away?! 😱 That means it won’t be long before thousands of shoppers are packing up the car with a plethora of snacks, blankets, and camping chairs or tents to wait in long lines in the wee hours of the night. ⛺️
Sounds CRAZY, right?! 😜
Not to the millions of Americans expected to shop over Thanksgiving weekend this year and spend billions of dollars between Black Friday and Cyber Monday! The question is, will the in-store deals really be worth the craziness – especially with Cyber Monday deals that you can score in your pajamas? AND, most Black Friday deals will be available online, too!
While some doorbuster deals can be great buys if you know what to look for (especially if they’re on your holiday shopping list anyway), 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 also have better luck getting 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 White Sales when these items usually hit their lowest prices.
During a White Sale, retailers deeply discount sheets, comforter sets, towels, and more as a way to move inventory and entice shoppers. These events date back to January 1878, when department store pioneer John Wanamaker held the first White Sale to sell his extra bedding stock during a slow time of year. All the linens then were only sold in a basic shade of white!
Although jewelry is an easy Christmas gift to give that special someone, consider waiting until closer to Mother’s Day or late summer (July/August) where you’ll be able to score a better deal on your jewelry purchase.
Planning to pop the question over the holidays and can’t wait until then to purchase an engagement ring? Check out our team-tested money-saving tips for shopping for an engagement ring!
4. Fitness Equipment
After the holidays and once the New Year hits, people are motivated to get into shape and are looking for fitness equipment. Stores know this and tend to offer the best deals starting in January.
You’ll also often get the best deal on a gym membership after the holidays. If you’re shopping for a gym membership and you’re not sure where to start, check out this post for reasons why we LOVE Orangetheory Fitness!
5. Gift Cards
There may be a few gift card deals during Black Friday, but if you wait until December, many restaurants, retailers, and even the drugstores offer gift card deals to get shoppers in the holiday shopping spirit. Check out 2017’s holiday restaurant and retail roundup here (we’ll be posting a new one for 2018 soon!).
However, if you’re planning to shop during Black Friday anyway, purchase gift cards BEFORE the big day for the stores you plan to shop to save even more money. Check out this post for awesome tips on how to save on gift card purchases!
6. Brand Name TVs
You’ll be able to find high-end TVs for less toward the end of December when retailers start clearing out older televisions to make room for next year’s models. Also, January is a big month for TV sales as Super Bowl Sunday nears.
Bonus: Save money on your cable bill by following these simple tips!
7. Winter Clothing
If you can wait until January or February, that’s when these items start hitting the clearance racks. It’s then you’ll find huge savings on highly rated and well-known brands! You’ll often be able to save 75% or more on jackets, winter apparel, gloves, and more if you wait until then to shop.
Believe it or not, 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 toys and be happy to have finished your shopping (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 which toys to buy, Target hosts their Toy Clearance events (and often marks down toys up to 90% off!) in January and June – great times to stock the toy closet!
Wondering which are the TOP toys for 2018? Check out these picks:
9. High-Powered Laptops
It might seem there are a ton 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’s something you just absolutely can’t live without, you’re better off waiting for the huge after-clearance events in January. Stores usually mark holiday items 50% off the day after Christmas, and then markdowns eventually reach 90% off. When you do shop the after-holiday clearance, start 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?