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Things to Buy & Skip in November: Best Halloween Clearance Sale & Black Friday Deals

Thanks to four big American shopping holidays in November — Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday — bargain shoppers will feast on tons of great deals this month, as most retailers will slash prices to all-time lows in a year. Read on to learn more about great savings this month.

Things to Buy in November

Halloween Clearance Sale

Holiday decorations go on sale immediately after the holiday passes, and Halloween is no exception. You can stock up on Halloween decor leftovers with at least a 50% off discount. Also, expect to see giant bags of candy to knock up to 70% off, if you can wait for a better discount. Likewise, Halloween costumes will likely be discounted as much as 50% off.

If you want to jump on the savings as soon as possible, make a plan in advance of what to shop the day after Halloween sales. Know that the items will sell out fast, and you’ll have to wait until next year if you miss out.

See our best Halloween sales, deals, and discounts here.

Veterans Day Sale

Black Friday isn’t the only big day for shopping in November. As “early Black Friday”, Veterans Day also brings sales that offer major discounts. You’ll find deals typically at department stores and clothing retailers. Look for major players like J.C. PenneyMacy’sKohl’sBelk, and Old Navy. Last year, we saw some stores offered up to 50% off storewide.

And you may get special freebies, deals, and military discounts if you have a military ID. Some of the best freebies include free meals, free car wash, free oil change, and free haircuts. Restaurants, theme parks, and even national parks offer Veterans Day discounts to current and former military personnel.

Looking for more discounts? Check out our extensive list of the best Veterans Day sales, deals, and discounts here.

Sandwich Deals

Observed annually on November 3, National Sandwich Day is one of our favorite holidays. Where should you go to score the best deal on a sandwich to celebrate? Look for discounted and free sandwiches from popular restaurants across the US, like SubwayPotbellyQuiznosDog Haus, and more.

Offers can vary by franchise, so check with your closest location. And some stores will post coupons on their social media accounts, so be sure to check them out.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday sales are taking shape now and massive deals are now going live. A wide range of products will be marked down, but some of the biggest discounts can be found on limited-time doorbusters, like TVs, electronics, and major appliances. In order to get the best deals, you’d better start early and do your homework. Here are some of the best things to buy on Black Friday.

1. TV Deals

TVs take center stage in Black Friday electronics. Big-box stores have markdowns on all kinds of TVs, including 4K TVs, Android TVs, OLED TVs, Ultra HD TVs, smart TVs, and curved TVs. We can expect to see impressive offers from your favorite brands like LGSonySamsung, and Philips.

Every year, doorbuster TVs are typically discounted by hundreds. How you predict this year’s sales is to look at its top deals from last year, so we can apply the star offers it delivered last year to this year’s latest TVs – basic 32-inch for less than $100, 55-inch 4K TV for $200, and 65-inch 4K TV for only $350 from a respectable brand.

2. Laptop Deals

From gaming laptops to ultra-thin, and convertible to detachable, Black Friday is a prime time to shop for budget-friendly laptops. Shoppers can expect to see huge price cuts on top laptop brands such as HPMicrosoftHuaweiDellLenovo, and Acer. MacBooks don’t generally see big discounts on Black Friday, but some stores could offer great deals. Basic Chromebooks could start at $100.

3. Appliance Deals

Looking for a new robotic vacuum cleaner, food processor, or microwave oven? November is the best month to pick up most kitchen and home appliances. From coffee makers and blenders to stand mixers and pressure cookers, many small appliances witness super-duper discounts during this shopping extravaganza. Stores like WalmartHome DepotKohl’s and Macy’s will likely be the best spots for discounting appliances by 50% or more.

4. Video Game Deals

If you’re considering getting a new video game console, Black Friday season is an ideal time to cash in on some of the lowest prices of the year. As usual, video games are one of the most popular items on Black Friday, and key retailers offer huge discounts on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, and all of their bundles.

5. Tablet Deals

Like most electronics, retailers drop prices on tablets in November. They are one of the best Black Friday buys and customers have a wide shopping range. From iPad to Google Pixel Slate to Microsoft Surface, it is prime time to stock up on state-of-the-art gear that’s more affordable than ever. Amazon Fire Tablets have seen steep discounts for two years running. Various models and generations of iPads have been marked down by more than $100 during past Black Fridays.

6. Camera Deals

Black Friday is the best time to grab digital camera bargains at incredibly low prices. Huge discounts are expected to be found on top brands such as Canon EOS, Canon PowerShot, Nikon Coolpix, Panasonic Lumix, and Fujifilm Instax Mini. Retailers like Best Buy, B&H, and Amazon are some of the best places to check for Black Friday camera discounts, where items are knocked as much as 50% off.

7. Headphone Deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have brought out the best deals on headphones – a great time to pick up a new pair of headphones for the lowest prices of the year right now. Be it in-ear headphones, over-ear headphones, or wireless headphones, retailers knock up to 50% off some brands. Stores like Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon are known for their huge price cuts on top brands such as Airpods, Bose, Sennheiser, BeoPlay, and Beats by Dre.

8. Smartphone Deals

There’s no better time to get a new phone than on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Be it iPhone or Android Phone, you can find great smartphone deals discounted by hundreds from your favorite retailers.

Watch out for stores like Walmart and Best Buy, as well as carriers like T-Mobile Verizon. They tend to give big discounts on previous-generation models and free gift cards with buying new ones. Last year, Walmart offered a $300 gift card on iPhone XS/XR, along with a $400 gift card on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X. Best Buy had a $300 gift card on Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, or Galaxy Note 9.

9. Smartwatch Deals

Just like a smartphone, the smartwatch is a must-have item in November sales. Shoppers tend to snag smaller electronics every year, and statistics predicts that 18% of shoppers will be looking to buy a smartwatch this year. Top door-busting smartwatch deals can generally save you hundreds of dollars. You can expect to see deep discounts on popular brands like SamsungAppleAsus, and Huawei this month.

10. Smart Home Device Deals

From smart plugs and home security cameras to wifi routers and thermostats, you can give your home a digital upgrade without breaking the bank this month. Black Friday is certain to have mind-blowing sales on all kinds of smart home devices. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are known to cut the previous year’s prices down to record lows.

11. Clothing and Accessories Deals

From pants and tops to shoes and handbags, Black Friday is sure to bring some great savings on clothing and accessories. It’s not usually a good time to buy in-season clothing, but Black Friday is the exception – many retailers will be discounting winter apparel. If you want to see more great deals, however, wait until January when the wintry season is in full swing and these winter pieces start to move to the clearance section.

12. Shoe Deals

While many retailers will be slashing prices on clothing, Black Friday is a great opportunity to get a new pair of shoes. One study shows that 40% of holiday shoppers snag more than one pair of shoes on Black Friday weekend. Retailers like Walmart, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, and Macy’s offer deep discounts on shoes and boots for the entire family.

For more door-busting deals, check out our extensive list of the best Black Friday sales, deals, and discounts here.

Things to Skip in November…

November is filled with amazing deals, but not everything is worth buying this month since not all categories will be at their deepest discount.

Winter Clothing

Winter is fast approaching, and retailers are gearing up for the cold months by releasing winter apparel early – usually at full price. There might be a few good deals, but you’ll see better discounts on a wider variety if you wait to shop until January or later. So, skip winter clothing in November but buy them in the new year.

Christmas Decor

Christmas decorations now are more expensive when they first hit shelves than when they’re on their way out the door. Consider hold off until near Christmas, or even after.

Gift Cards

Since Black Friday is coming soon, Christmas is not far away. There will be some good gift card deals this month, but December will bring much more. It’s best to stock up then. So, skip gift cards in November but buy them in early December.


Retailers are already gearing up for the Christmas sale with Christmas-themed bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces. However, we tend to see more and better deals during the month of December, before the gift-giving holidays wrap up. So, don’t buy jewelry this month but wait until next month.

Exercise Equipment

The new year is just around the corner. We can expect to see better deals on fitness equipment of all types in January than in November or December when everyone is focused on resolutions for the new year. So, skip exercise equipment this month but wait until January.

About the Author

Karren Brandenburg

Karren Brandenburg is a travel and shopping expert. She has been quoted in Street Insider, Yahoo Finance, Reuters, ABC News, and MarketWatch. Karren has a total of 18 credit cards, using reward points to see the world on a budget.