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November 18, 2017

Black Friday Deals for Your New Home

When people hear the phrase “Black Friday”, thoughts turn to Christmas gifts for family and friends. It’s the official beginning of the shopping season! But there’s one gift recipient you may not have considered…your new home. When you’re settling into a new place, there’s bound to be certain home goods that you need to get your house into shape – and often it’s hard to find room in your budget for all of them at once. This is where Black Friday sales come in handy; you have the opportunity to pick up dozens of hot household products at bargain prices. Keep in mind that “Black Friday” isn’t a one day sale anymore. Extended shopping hours and online options have expanded this famous shopping binge to five days, including Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday. Let’s look at some of this year’s awesome deals when it comes to shopping for your home on retail’s most exciting event: Keep an Eye Out for Kitchenware! More than one third of all advertised Black Friday specials will be on kitchen items. And while your wife won’t necessarily delighted with a practical gift, imagine how thrilled she’ll be when slashed prices on necessities mean big savings for you…and diamond earrings for her! Scout for the best deals online and in-store. Amazon and Wal-Mart typically lead the pack in this category, so you’re likely to find a lot of options there. Some expected finds include Keurig machines, cutlery, cookware and small kitchen appliances such as toasters, blenders, juicers, bread makers and blenders. You’ll find many leading brands such as Cuisinart and KitchenAid at deeply discounted prices, making tools used by world-renowned chefs affordable. Don’t forget about dishes, storage containers, utensils and gadgets…you can save big on these items as well. Smart Home Technology With the home technology market booming, expect competition to rise and prices to fall this holiday season. Smart home hubs, which allow all of your home technology elements to work together, will be leading sale items. Smart lighting systems, high-tech thermostats, home security systems and video doorbells will also be popular. Electronics retailers are likely to offer the widest selection and best prices, but expect competitive efforts from big box stores such as Best Buy, Home Depot and Amazon. A Clean Sweep with Vacuums If you’ve always wanted a high-end machine such as a Dyson, now is the time to buy. Several retailers will be offering new and fully refurbished low end models for about $200. If you’re working with a smaller budget, look for popular Dirt Devil and Hoover models to be heavily discounted. And don’t forget a gift for your cat…he or she will love riding your brand new Roomba robotic vacuum around the house! Target and Kohl’s are known for their competitive prices during the holiday shopping season, or you can go straight to the manufacturer’s site for online ordering. TV’s and Electronics Many of the television sets you’ll see advertised for Black Friday are not top of the line models, but if you’re looking for a set for a child’s room or guest room, one for video gaming or a set for the den or other secondary watching room, the trade-off between high-end engineering and price is often a good one. DVD players, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, Fire sticks and Roku players will also be discounted. Make Home Repair Easier If you’re still stocking your tool box, search out deals on cordless hand tools such as drills, saws and screwdrivers. Complete tool sets will also be a bargain prices, as will ladders and larger items such as table saws. It’s no surprise that Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sears will be your best bets for low prices and large selection. Some extra tips: If you’re shopping online, expect to pay for shipping. On average, less than half of all home goods sold online last year offered free shipping, and this trend is expected to continue. Many items are heavy or awkward to ship, making this a costly proposition for retailers. If a store offers a free shipping promo code or coupon, be sure to read the fine print. Many retailers only allow one discount or promotion per purchase, so using a free shipping code may wipe out any other discounts you’ll receive. Make a list of home items you’re eager to find before you start shopping. With so many options out there, you can get bogged down with hours of searching and researching if you don’t have a plan of attack. If you’re browsing, you’ll soon run out time – and will miss out on special prices on some of your “must have” pieces. Set a budget…and stick to it. Know before you go how much you’re willing to spend for essential items, “would like to have” items and an indulgence or two. Avoid the temptation to go outside of your budget for deal on an item you really can’t afford. Stay away from sales on bedding and linens, because traditional January “White Sales” often feature much lower prices. And you may have some Christmas cash burning a hole in your pocket to boot!

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