The deals to use, and the ones to avoid

Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 21:12:55-05

It's officially the holiday season — decorations are already up and many of us have done lots of shopping already.

But there are still lots of deals to be had, if you know what to buy and what to avoid.

You may be feeling guilty after all of the food you ate last week, but now is not the time to buy gym memberships or exercise equipment.

Wait until January.

Retailers will have sales to accommodate lots of New Year's resolutions of getting in shape.

This month is a better time to shop thrift stores, since many of us are getting rid of the old and getting ready for more holiday visitors.

This is also a good month to buy toys — especially next week.

Editors at DealNews say the second week of December is when you'll find the best deals.

Gift cards are another way to save next month. Many stores consistently offer freebie promotions like get a $10 gift card for every $50 you spend.

As hard as it may be hold off on the electronics. The Consumer Electronics Show is in January so you'll want to wait until then for the old models to go on sale.

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