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Black Friday Black Holes: What Not to Purchase

October 26th, 2018 | By Ana Elliot

Black Friday is just around the corner, and the holidays are barreling towards us at a fast pace. Soon, we’ll be done with Halloween and prepping our turkeys, and then – BAM! It’ll be the Christmas season again. If you’re looking at your Christmas list and thinking of all the gifts you have to buy, you’re probably planning on roaming the aisles of retailers this Black Friday. If that is the case, we have a post for you! Most of us know that electronics are one of the best things to buy on Black Friday, but what about all the other things stores try to sell us on? Is everything with a “sale” tag worth the effort?

With that in mind, here is a list of things you should avoid purchasing on Black Friday.

Toys

One of the big staples for Black Friday shoppers is toys. Everyone heads out to get the latest and greatest of the season to satisfy their children’s Christmas dreams. But is this wise? Honestly, no. The best sales will actually be happening mid-December or just before Christmas. Now, whether or not the must-have toys will still be on shelves just before Christmas is still a gamble.

Christmas Decorations

You might think grabbing Christmas decor on Black Friday is a great idea, but you would be mistaken. Yes, prices will be marked down but the BEST time to buy Christmas decorations is, well, after Christmas! While that might sound completely backwards, it’s the honest truth. After Christmas, prices on decorations, wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, you name it, will be greatly marked down to get rid of overstock. The best plan is to buy your decorations after one Christmas in preparation for the next year.

Winter Clothing

As the Holiday Season ramps up, the weather gets harsher, but buying winter clothing during Black Friday is not a great idea. While it might be discounted, the best time to buy will be the end of January or February when prices will get incredibly low.

Appliances

Appliances are also marked down on Black Friday, but they aren’t the steal they would appear to be. Shopping for your new refrigerator or dishwasher might best be left to another time of year; Memorial Day, Presidents Day, or Labor Day are all better days to go shopping for these items. It’s during these weekends that they offer the best deals.

Gift Cards

While there might be some deals on gift cards, it’s best to pass these up. The best time to get gift cards is during December or after Christmas, when online websites like Card Pool, Gift Card Granny, or Raise will have reduced prices.

Fitness Equipment

It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this that anything fitness related will have a greater discount after the New Year. New Year/New You is a huge phenomenon that drives fitness-related sales and memberships.

Outdoor Equipment/Furniture

While getting your holiday shopping done, you might want to look ahead and buy things for when the weather gets milder and more pleasant. Getting new patio furniture might feel like a great investment for future nice weather, this is not the time to buy. Much like Christmas decor is the cheapest when Christmas is over, outdoor furniture has the best sales right after summer is over. If you miss those sales, Labor Day can also be a viable option.

Mattresses

A new bed for the holidays might sound as warm and cozy as hot chocolate on a cold evening, you should definitely wait on it. Much like home appliances, the best time to snap up deals on mattresses is the 3-day weekend holidays of Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Presidents’ Day.

Jewelry

Jewelry is a go-to gift during the holiday season but holding off until December proper is probably a better idea. Jewelry sales are better during that time than any offered around Black Friday.

Video Games and Consoles

Now don’t worry – when we say not to buy video games and consoles on Black Friday, we aren’t suggesting you wait too long. The best time for these deals will be the following Monday: Cyber Monday. These deals will often carry through December, so you even have some time to shop around.

And there they are - 10 things to avoid buying this Black Friday! No need to take out a car title loan this year! With these ten things out of the way, you should be able to home in on your shopping list and keep your budget in check.