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December Shopping Guides: What to Buy and What Not to Buy

If you missed Black Friday deals last week, don’t fret. The savings aren’t over quite yet. Thanks to the fantastic sales throughout December, bargain shoppers will feast on tons of great seasonal deals on holiday decorations, toys, video games, and more. Read on to learn more about great savings this month.

Top Things to Buy in December

Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday isn’t your only opportunity to score great bargains. If you didn’t quite finish your Black Friday shopping, now’s the time to shop from the comfort of your home. Retailers tend to offer deep discounts on select categories on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday, meaning you have to pay closer attention to their deals and strategize a bit. Here are some of the best things to buy on Cyber Monday. Check them out and be sure to head to the full list of Cyber Monday savings.

1. Laptops

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

2. Video Games

If you’re considering getting a new video game console, Cyber Monday 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 season, and key retailers offer huge discounts on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, and all of their bundles.

3. Smart Home Devices

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. Now is the time to have mind-blowing sales on smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon echo. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are known to cut the previous year’s prices down to record lows.

4. Clothing

From pants and tops to shoes and handbags, Cyber Monday is sure to bring some great savings on clothing and accessories. Black Friday is prime time to shop for electronics, while Cyber Monday is larger for fashion retail – We saw more clothing and shoe deals on the past few Cyber Mondays than on Black Fridays. Some large clothing stores have historically offered up to 50% off sitewide.

5. Shoes

While many retailers will be slashing prices on clothing, Cyber Monday is also 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 Cyber week. Retailers like Walmart, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, and Macy’s offer rocking discounts on shoes and boots for the entire family.

Christmas Sale

Christmas is in the air. But the season of giving doesn’t have to be the season of overspending. You can actually score great deals on Christmas gifts with our best Christmas deals, discounts and coupon codes. It is better to buy some items before Christmas and leave other items after Christmas. Check out the full list of Christmas savings.

1. Gift Cards

Survey shows lots of people still want a gift card this year, so you can hand a gift card over to a loved one to make them feel special. Be it plastic gift cards or e-gift cards, personalize it with your own words and best wishes! You can find some good deals with sales offering up to 70% off – check our deals on iTunes, Starbucks, Walmart, Victoria’s Secret, Target, and Amazon.

2. Jewelry

If you are hunting for jewelry gifts, or just wanting to add some style to holiday wardrobe, or planning ahead for Valentine’s Day, now’s the perfect time to score a sweet deal. You can expect to find affordable sales on both small gifts and higher-end pieces like Christmas-themed bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, and more.</p>

3. Photos and Prints

Looking for a personalized gift for Christmas? Make your gifts more special with photos! Be it your portrait on a T-shirt or an artistic canvas print or a stylish family photo book, get it done without breaking the bank by taking advantage of Christmas photo and print deals.

After-Christmas Sale

All stores of the largest retail chains will be open on the day after Christmas for their annual after-Christmas sales and clearances. Here are some of the best deal during post-Christmas sales. For the complete list of After-Christmas savings, click here.

1. Toys and Games

It’s the prime time to score deep discounts on great toys and games – some of the best prices we saw in the past a few years. You’ll find particularly amazing deals on video games, consoles, and accessories.</p>

2. Holiday Decorations

Time to score some amazing After-Christmas holiday decoration deals, as retailers are heavily discounting their clearance items. Shoppers can expect to find super-duper deals on wall decor, artificial trees, ornaments, and gift wrapping, all at the lowest price of the year! Look out for retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, and Macy’s – they cut prices by 40% to 90%. So don’t miss the chance to stock up on decor for next year.

3. End-of-Year Clearance

Speaking of end-of-year clearance sales, it’s the best time of the year to stock up for next year and save really BIG! Thousands of holiday and winter items jump onto the clearance shelves after Christmas – clothing, toys, shoes, holiday décor, electronics, and many more! Gear up, and get the best out of the holiday season.

Things to Skip in November…

December is filled with amazing deals, but not everything is worth buying this month since not all categories will be at their deepest discount. If you’re in the market for any of these items, it’s better to hold off now. Wait till January and prices will be better.

Winter Clothing

Winter is here already, and retailers are releasing winter apparel – 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 December but buy them in the new year.

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 December, when everyone is focused on resolutions for the new year.

Bedding and Linens

With a fresh page on the calendar, many items are discounted in January including bedding and linens. The “white sales” in January comes with deep discounts on towels, bed sets, linen sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases.

Gym Membership

The new year is a great time to join a gym, and January is the best time to get a cheap gym membership. Many gyms will offer discounted rates, waived sign-up fees, and even bonus perks. So, skip gym membership this month but wait until January.

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