11 things not to buy on Black Friday
Black Friday sales are sure to be plentiful this year, but buyers beware: Not every item is expected to be at its best price on Nov. 28. Dealnews.com says these are 11 things to avoid.
Christmas decorations(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Avoid impulse buying of Christmas decorations while you're out on Black Friday. The closer we get to Christmas the more the prices will drop, so hold off as long as you can.
Winter apparel(Credit: iStock)
Despite all the coupons and deals you're sure to see, coats and other winter-wear are not the cheapest on Black Friday. Prices drop much lower in January when stores start putting winter clothes on clearance. You're bound to find more coupons then, too.
While you may want to get shopping for the kids done early, wait to buy toys until just a few weeks before Christmas, when the prices will drop even more.
Jewelry and watches(Credit: Fotolia)
Jewelry and watches are at their most expensive during the holiday season and around Valentine's Day, so you're better off buying jewelry in the spring.
DSLR cameras(Credit: Fotolia)
You can get the best bang for your buck by buying a DSLR camera in February, when retailers drop the prices aggressively to prep for the newer models that will be coming out.
Game consoles without a bundled item(Credit: iStock)
Don't buy a lone game console this Black Friday if you're looking for a deal, but instead opt for bundles with two or three games and some premium accessories and save up to 40 percent.
Brand name HDTVs(Credit: Fotolia)
If you want to save the most on a new TV this Black Friday, go for a lesser-known brand. If you're sure you want a brand name, hold off until late December when the manufacturers are trying to clear out stock for next year's models.
Exercise equipment(Credit: iStock)
Wait until December or January to buy exercise equipment. You'll still be able to work on that New Year's resolution, but your wallet will be much happier.
Wine and specialty foods(Credit: Fotolia)
The best time to buy holiday gift baskets, wine subscriptions and specialty food packages is in December, when you're twice as likely to find a good deal.
Bedding & blankets
While decorative throw blankets and linens seem like good gifts, it's better to hold off until after the holidays for these purchases. Christmas decor will drop in price, and everyday bedding and blankets will be at their cheapest in January and February.
International airfare(Credit: iStock)
If you're planning on leaving the country, wait until January and February, when you can find up to 80 percent off international flights. If you're staying within the country, however, check out the deals around Black Friday for savings of up to 50 percent.