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Things to buy before Black Friday and things to avoid all month long

Posted: 6:00 AM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-31 13:42:42Z

November is considered one of the biggest shopping seasons of the year.

You have Veteran’s Day, and of course, Black Friday.

So, it’s a given lots of things will be on sale, but it doesn't mean everything is a bargain.

Here are the things you should buy and what to avoid this month:

Now is the time to upgrade your large appliances, like refrigerators and vacuum cleaners.

DealNews experts say you can expect the best deals toward the end of the month.

You can get great deals on iPhones throughout this entire month, as long as you buy one generation behind and you don't buy from the Apple store, DealNews experts say.

Great cookware means you have a better chance of having bragging rights for Thanksgiving, and now is the time to buy.

Kohls is offering 25 percent off their Food Network bakeware and gadgets.

And you don't have to wait much longer for that new TV.

Expect them to stuff the pages of Black Friday ads.

Some experts say wait on winter apparel, but we found great sales, including half-off coats at Macy's right now.

Get half-off denim, and 40 percent off coats at JCPenney.

And Old Navy has up to half-off denim storewide.

You can find toy deals early next month.

In fact, Target has had 30 percent off toys in early November for the past few years, so we'd expect something similar this year.

You'll also want to look out for bundles on gaming consoles.

This is also the time of year to get a great deal on last year's wedding gowns.

Bridal boutiques are clearing out their inventory.

Things to avoid:

Hold off on bedding and linens until January and wait until December for collectibles.

But remember, if you find a great deal on anything you need, you may want to buy it now so you don’t risk the item being gone later.

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