Every month of the year, certain items are discounted due to overstock, holiday sales, or transitions from one season to the next. Here are the shopping highlights for November in Seattle stores. A few pieces of advice:
- Don’t shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals unless you have compared prices on different models for items you intend to buy.
- Have budget in mind and don’t get lured into a higher-priced item with features you won’t use.
- Check for coupons on any item from electronics to food.
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Seasonal décor and party supplies
Early in November, you’ll want to peruse the Halloween goods for décor or party supplies for next year. Solid color black and orange party supplies can coordinate with other colors throughout the year (black and green for St. Patrick’s Day, orange and yellow for summer, etc.). Autumn décor might also be discounted to make way for Thanksgiving and Christmas supplies and will look great on your table until spring.
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New and Used Cars
November continues to be a good time to buy a car. Prices on new models are lowest at the end of the month and the end of the year in December.
We always recommend a used car to save the most money on your transportation costs. In November-December, you’ll find a good selection as buyers of new cars trade-in or sell their current car to purchase the latest model.
When buying used, be sure to shop and compare carefully. Get a guarantee from a used car or have a reliable mechanic check the condition on a private purchase.
Veterans are honored for their service every November 11. Special deals are available to active and retired military and retailers also offer some deals to the general buying public:
Veterans Day is a Free Entrance Day in National and Washington State Parks:
Electronics, laptops, and gaming systems
November is the best month of the year for almost any technology purchase from smartphones and digital cameras, to laptop computers, smart home devices and wearables, game consoles, video games, DVDs and CDs. But wait until Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or later.
In most cases, you save the most by buying the outgoing model, or at least a model without extra features you won’t use. For example, I’m in the market for a new TV, but plan to wait until after Black Friday. In prior years, I’ve found a better selection on a range of models after Black Friday and leading up to Christmas.
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The best prices on appliances occur during the month of November and for Black Friday. You’ll find discount prices on all major appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, and washers and dryers, as well as smaller appliances such as vacuum cleaners.
Cookware and small appliances
As with major appliances, you’ll find great prices on small kitchen appliances including coffee makers, mixers, blenders, slow cookers, toasters and toaster ovens, and countertop microwaves.
In addition to appliances, November is a good time for cookware, bake ware, and small kitchen tools and gadgets.
Ingredients for baked goods are in abundant supply and there are very good deals to be found on related groceries such as flour, sugar, butter, nuts, dried fruits, and spices as well as baking mixes, pie crust, and cookie dough.
Do keep an eye on expiration dates and don’t over buy.
Fresh fruits and vegetables
The best buys and availability are always on seasonal items. During November, look for good buys on apples, pears, cranberries, brussels sprouts, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and of course fresh or frozen turkeys.
Clothing and formal wear
You’ll find better prices on all sorts of apparel and shoes after the holidays. But on Cyber Monday expect to find great prices and selection on layering pieces and basic footwear. Wait on purchases of winter clothing and gear until after the holidays.
In addition, November is a good time to shop for formal wear or elegant pieces for holiday parties, since the pieces are in abundant supply. Of course, you’ll see discounts after the new year. Or, head to the Glitter Sale at Seattle Goodwill for some second-hand sparkly duds.
Small Business Saturday
If you prefer to skip the mall and big box stores, you may want to head to a Seattle neighborhood to “shop small” at local retailers. We have plenty of suggestions for shopping small throughout the holidays and all year:
Finally, REI advocates “Green Friday” and encourages everyone to opt out of shopping and head outside.
As it happens, the day after Thanksgiving, November 23 is “Autumn Day. On this day, Washington State Parks have free entrance, when the Discover Pass is not required to visit a Washington State Park:
Another way to avoid the mall crush is to give gift cards for the holiday season. Major retailers typically offer discounts on the purchase of cards. So if you have the funds, it’s also a good time to stock up on cards you can use for purchases later and the year. Just be sure to use the cards you buy. Or they become very, very expensive pieces of plastic. Here are some more strategies for using gift cards wisely:
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