November is a favorite month for bargain shoppers, with Black Friday and tons of clearance offerings going on.
- Holiday Baking – We’ll see loads of coupons along with the lowest prices of the year on sugar, flour and just about every baking item you can think of. Chocolate chips have a shelf life of 18-24 months (check expiration dates), so this is the perfect opportunity to snag a years worth. In addition, most other items are good for 6-36 months so check the dates and stock up appropriately.
- Holiday Dinner Items – If you have room in your freezer, this is a great time to stash away an extra turkey or two as prices fall to around $0.50 per lb or less. Look for store deals offering a free turkey with other purchases. You can also get some of the lowest prices on canned gravy, pumpkin, stuffing, broth, canned veggies, rolls and all the fixins for your feast.
- Cold and Flu Season – Fill your medicine cabinets with the lowest prices on cough drops, lip balm and over-the-counter cold and flu aids. Usually your best deals will be found at the drug stores where rewards offers will match up nicely with sale prices and coupons.
- Halloween Clearance – Costumes really do make great Christmas gifts for kids who like to play dress-up, and the first days of the month you can find them for up to 90% off. I like to snag things like capes, hats, badges, shields, tutus, etc. Don’t forget to look for holiday themed storage bags, napkins, paper towels, plates, cups and other items storewide that may not be in the clearance aisle but will come with a deeply discounted price tag.
- Autumn Decor – The thing about fall decor is that once Thanksgiving is over the stores want to clear the shelves fast to make room for their Christmas counterparts. That means you generally don’t need to wait for gigantic price cuts on centerpieces, mantle display items, signs, linens and wreaths. I’ve even found clearance prices the day before Thanksgiving on these items.
- Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Once upon a time, Black Friday deals started in the wee hours of the morning. But today, clever marketers try to snag your first holiday dollars by starting the bargaining on Thanksgiving day or at midnight on Black Friday. Very often these deals are available both in-store and online. Last year Cyber Monday deals were good, but Black Friday online deals were as good or even better. If you plan to shop online, start scoping out the deals on turkey day and follow them all weekend. You’ll always find a thorough list of coupon codes and the hottest deals here on MomsbyHeart. Specifically, look for the lowest prices on computers, televisions, tablets, tools, cookware
- Toys – All month long we will see sale after sale on the holidays hottest toys. Look to sweeten your savings with coupons, rebate offers and the occasional store rewards deal. Just be sure to keep in mind that your biggest discounts will come 1-2 weeks before Christmas. I generally don’t wait that long for anything other than a few fill-in gifts and stocking stuffers because to be honest, I get a little jittery in toy aisles jam-packed with bargain crazed shoppers. If you’re mindful, you can get similar deals now by watching the sales and grabbing a thing or two each week.