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Ways to be Frugal During the Holidays

Staying on a budget during the holidays is important. Therefore, to make it through this season of giving, there are several ways to shop for the best prices. One way is to wait until Black Friday to buy certain items. There are seven items that you should consider buying on this day. A second way to help your budget is to start your holiday shopping now and spread your spending over several weeks or months. However, Black Friday offers bargain hunters a chance to buy your holiday gifts at discounted prices.
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Here are seven bargains to buy on Black Friday

  1. Cookware: This year, Black Friday will offer a plethora of deals on kitchen accessories, pots, and pans. Furthermore, some of the best discounts this year on cookware will be offered at Walmart, Amazon.com and Kohl's.

  2. HDTVs: Every year Black Friday is known for their discounts on TVs. However, the largest discounts offered on this day are for the lower-end HDTVs. Therefore, if you are concerned about price and not quality then you should get up early and fight the crowds to get the best deals on off-brand HDTVs. If quality is your driving factor when purchasing a HDTV this season you'll find discounts on brand-name HDTVs. Unfortunately, the discounts on brand-name HDTVs won't be as low as the off-brand HDTVs.

  3. Laptop Computers: This year you can find some great deals on discounted laptop computers. The 13-inch laptops will be marked down as much as 50% during the sale weekend. Amazon.com will offer you the best discounts on Apple products. You can save up to 20% buying online and not direct from the Apple store.

  4. New Tablets: Starting the first of November you will find some good deals on older models of tablets, but the newer models won't be discounted until Black Friday. It is predicted that the iPad Air 2 will be discounted at Best Buy, Stables, and MacMall.com. However, if you are interested in the iPad Air 2 Amazon.com will likely offer you a bundle deal that includes a gift card. Furthermore, some tablets like Amazon's Fire won't be discounted until Cyber Monday. This takes place the Monday after the Thanksgiving sale.

  5. Small Appliances: On Black Friday you can find great deals on all sorts of kitchen appliances from toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, and blenders. However, you might want to wait for your kitchen appliance until Cyber Monday and shop online.

  6. Video Games and Consoles: Starting the first of November, many stores started discounting gaming consoles. However, if you wait until Black Friday you will find better deals because the stores will bundle the gaming consoles with games for the same price you pay now for a console. Also, video games will be discounted 25% to 35% for the Thanksgiving weekend sale.

  7. Wearable Technology: Keep your eyes open for some great deals on smartwatches, wearable technology, and fitness bands. If you are not willing to work hard over the sale weekend, then you can shop now and find some great deals on last year's models of fitness bands.
Every year I take advantage of the sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Furthermore, I have started shopping early to find some great gifts for the holidays. This way I can easily budget my money throughout the year and I don't spend so much for the holiday season.

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October 25, 20172 found this helpful

I am not usually one to disagree with anyone on here. But I can say there is nothing about Black Friday that anyone should participate in. It's dangerous, takes away from the local businesses and puts too much of a greedy spin on the Holidays. I hope you take the time to read this.

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That said, I do agree with your idea of "shopping" all year. I know what my friends collect and when I find them, I get them and put them in "their baskets/shoes boxes". Then, it's almost like Christmas for me too when it's time to bring them out and wrap them up.

Please don't forget your local businesses during the Holidays. Craft fairs are sometimes their only income for the whole year, at least their side business. You might be helping to support a family rather than a conglomerate. PBP

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