November is a great time to stock up on certain items and get a head start on holiday shopping without breaking the bank. Here are a few things to buy in November:
Linens and Bedding
We tend to see a surge in linen and bedding sales around the fall, due to back to college sales. Once those sales are done, the surplus is put on clearance in October and November. It is a misnomer that those “New Year White Sales” are the best time to buy linens. The time is now.
TIP: This would be a great time to buy up new linens for holiday gifts for newlyweds, college students, or any family members that may have renovated recently.
This one is a given. The beginning of November is the perfect time to stock up on any Halloween decorations you wanted during the season, but couldn’t afford. Pay attention to napkins, cups, and plastic items that might be orange or black. They can easily be used for your Thanksgiving festivities later in the month.
Discounted costumes can be used as play clothes for any kids in your life, so why not get them for cheap? Over the years, I’ve also grabbed adult-sized Halloween costumes at deep discounts for costume parties throughout the year, and even for our Disney vacations.
TIP: If you have a child who loves a certain character, buy them the costume and give it as a holiday gift. Our little girl loves Cinderella, so she’s getting the dress and “glass slippers” pictured above.
Use this time to grab any items that you use to bake during fall and winter. Flour, sugar, chocolate chips, and cream cheese will be on sale throughout the month of November and even the first few weeks of December. If you are a gluten-free family, keep your eye out for GF baking items as well. ALL baking items will be on some type of sale this month, so stock up!
TIP: Flour and sugar can be refrigerated for at least 2 months, and frozen for at least 6. Place the whole flour or sugar bag in a large freezer bag before freezing.
Shoe sales and clearances will be on the rise this month. Be sure to stop by great online shoe stores, like Zappos.com, and check out their clearance section for great deals. Most brick-and-mortar and online stores will not only have great sales this month but will include clearance items in those sales. That will double your savings immediately.
TIP: For even more savings, check out websites for offline stores, like Target. They may have store coupons you can use on top of sale prices.
This is THE BEST time of the year to get those photo books done. Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, and other online photo stores will be offering you oodles of codes to get free shipping and deep percents off of your orders. Also, keep a look out for photo book sales at your local drugstores. All of these establishments want you to get in your holiday photo book orders now so that they will be delivered just in time for gift-giving.
TIP: Use these photo books to make a “yearbook” of all the great things you and your family experienced this year. Give them to family members as a coffee table book.
Prom is long gone, wedding season is winding down, and most schools have already had their homecoming. If you have a big event coming up and need a formal dress, now is the time to start bargain-hunting.
TIP: Use these sales to get outfits for those upcoming Holiday parties. You’ll get them for a deep discount and you can rotate them throughout the season.
Grill and Grilling Accessories
This may seem like another Black Friday staple, but surprisingly grills are on sale most of November. Pay close attention to deals on Blackstones and the Big Green Eggs, as those are usually only on sale this time of year and are extended through most of November.
With all of the cooking we do in November and December, it only makes sense that all kinds of storage containers would be on sale this month. Before buying, take inventory of what you already have, and if your plastic containers look old or stained.
This is also a great time to upgrade to glass containers if you haven’t yet. Glass container sets will be on sale most of this month, and then again in January.
Turkey and turkey breasts
This is my absolute favorite thing to stock up on in November. It seems that every store in my area is offering great discounts on whole turkeys and turkey breasts. I make room in our tiny freezer to fit at least one turkey or turkey breast.
TIP: If you can’t make room for a whole bird or breast, buy the turkey, cook it immediately, then place the cooked meat in freezer bags for future meals.
We use turkey for lots of recipes, including Easy Turkey Tetrazzini.
With Black Friday on its way, November is a great time to look for sales on any electronics you’ve been eyeing this past year. You will see some amazing sales on not only new electronics but items that may be 6 months to a year old.
TIP: Be sure to look up reviews of the electronics you want to purchase. No matter how cheap it may be, you want to make sure it’s user-friendly and won’t die on you prematurely.