5 Things to Buy on Black Friday (and 5 Things to Skip)
There’s you, a lengthy line of strangers and a Black Friday shopping list that—come hell or high water—you will get through, no matter how much coffee (or elbow throwing) it takes. But before you impulsively spend all your hard-earned cash, listen up: According to the experts at DealNews, there are five items worth investing in the day after Thanksgiving—and five you’re better off skipping.
Buy: 4K TVs
Of all the items that go on sale on Black Friday, TVs tend to be the most sought-after. Retailers consistently drop television prices to draw in shoppers, and it’s normal to see the best offers of the year on this day. Still, the type of TV you’re looking to nab matters. This year, you can expect to score the biggest savings on 4K sets with some doorbuster deals offering 40-inch 4K units for $170 and 50-inch sets going for just $40 more. (Head to Best Buy or Dell for the best offers.)
Buy: Kitchen Items
From cookware to small appliances, all kitchen necessities come with big discounts in November. On Black Friday, Kohl’s will be the prime spot for top deals on items like slow cookers, coffee makers and blenders—all of which fell to just $2 after mail-in rebates in 2016. Also worth snapping up: Everyday culinary essentials like Pyrex kitchenware (available at Target for no more than a few bucks) or 13- to 14-piece cookware sets (half off this year at Macy’s and Kmart).
Buy: A Dyson Vacuum
Black Friday is prime time to invest (at a hefty discount) in big-ticket home appliances that you’ve been waiting on all year. Case in point: Dyson. Last year, almost half of the vacuum deals listed hit annual price lows with Dyson models going for as little as $200.
Buy: A New Dishwasher or Fridge
Big-brand, side-by-side refrigerators will fall as low as $750 while dishwashers could go for as little as $200 at Sears and Home Depot, which will host its best sale of the year on appliances, likely cutting up to 40 percent off.
Buy: Budget-Friendly Laptops
You’ll find the best deals on more basic builds. For example, Dell’s doorbuster sale is offering laptops with Intel Celeron processors and 2GB of RAM for $100 a pop.
Skip: Fitness Equipment
As tempting as it is to arm yourself with a treadmill (or stationary bike) to counteract the calories gained during the holiday season, you’re actually much better off waiting until January, when the deals match the high expectations you put on yourself.
Black Friday will have a handful of special offers on tools, but you’ll actually see deeper discounts—and much more variety—in December.
Valentine’s Day is the prime time to score deals (up to 60 percent off), so if you can hold out for that rose-gold pendant necklace…do.
Skip: 1080p TVs
It’s not that the deals on 1080p TVs won’t be good, but remember the discounts on 4K TVs we told you about? On Black Friday, they’ll pretty much match the cost of a 1080p TV, which means that even if you don’t care about 4K content right now, you might as well go with the “better” option since the cost is roughly the same.
Skip: High-End Laptops
We repeat: Black Friday is all about the bargain tech. When it comes to high-performance machines (we’re look at you, Apple), it’s better to time your investment with the release of a new model or back-to-school discount.