November is the time to get a deal on your bridal gownNovember is a great month for bargain hunters. Everyone knows many items hit their lowest price points this month around Black Friday. That doesn't mean this is the best month to buy everything – we'll also let you know what not to buy this month – but the shopping season is truly upon us.
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Try the Luster Pro Light system, a bargain at $43.99. There are a lot of brands on the market that make amazing promises – you see them on store shelves everywhere. We picked Luster because it works. Featured in magazines such as "Allure" and "Woman's Day," the Luster system visibly whitens teeth in as little as 30 minutes, works two times faster than strips and trays, and features the same light-activated whitening technology found in dental offices.
The kit includes a gentle, cleaning mouth rinse to pre-treat teeth and a whitening gel with active dental peroxide to whiten surface and deep stains.
Time to buy cookware
"Rarely do 'need' and 'best time to buy' so perfectly coalesce. As you prepare to knock the socks off the in-laws this Thanksgiving with an impressive feast, you may discover that there are some holes in your arsenal of cookware," writes DealNews.
"Luckily we saw double the number of Editors' Choice cookware deals in November last year, when compared to most other months. This trend for 'best of the year' prices on cookware held steady through December. However, November specifically sees the greatest number of cookware deals period: in 2012, there were 41% more deals in November than October. Get your mitts on cookware and cutlery sets, bakeware, small appliances, and more."
Big tools and hardware deals
Winter brings good buys on tools, especially with the Black Friday sales that are headed your way. "In fact, 30% of the tool deals during Black Friday were marked Editors' Choice last year, which is more than double the amount of deals in September and October. Keep an eye out for significant discounts on drills, wrenches, socket sets, tool storage, and more." If you're shopping online, check to see if these items are only be available for in-store pickup.
"When Apple announced its new iPad lineup, many people were shocked to not only learn that the iPad 2 will live to see another day, but that it will continue to be priced at $399. That's also the same price as the new iPad mini, which comes revved up with improved specs and a Retina screen. As it turns out though, resellers have been slashing the price on the newly-discontinued iPad 4 to $399 as well recently, and we expect that to continue. Given the fact that the iPad 4 is only a year old and features a Retina screen, the iPad 4 may offer a better value than both the iPad 2 and the iPad mini because it provides both the larger screen size and the high-end resolution."
Say yes to iPad 4 deals and Apple reseller discounts
Apple fans who heed the above warning should look for iPad 4 deals this month that fall to about $399. This is also a decent month for Apple products across the board, if you shop in the right place. "Year after year, Apple takes 5% to 10% off iPads, iPods, MacBooks, and iMacs during the Apple Black Friday sale, however third-party merchants usually undercut Apple's small discounts with greater promotions."
Look for promotions on the Google Nexus 7 and Windows Tablets
Since most of the popular models are already cheap, there hasn't typically been a wealth Black Friday tablet deals in November. "The Amazon Kindle Fire line, for example, can hardly get much cheaper, especially since the HD model now costs a mere $139. That said, there's a chance that the current-generation 16GB Google Nexus 7 will drop to $200, since it debuted at a higher price point this year. Additionally, we're predicting that Microsoft's Surface tablets might be primed for Black Friday promotions, since the first generation has already seen several price cuts this year. To date, the Microsoft Surface 32GB Windows RT Tablet has fallen to as low as $314, while the Pro has been as low as $699." Winter apparel
The good and bad on winter apparel
Last month we wrote that winter season apparel items will likely see their greatest sales beginning in January. However, last year, a number of apparel stores offered their best online coupons of the year in the weeks leading up to (and around) Black Friday — and most stacked with existing sales and markdowns. "So if you can't wait until the clearance sales in January, then the 'best of the year' coupons during Black Friday apparel sales will at least slash 30% to 50% off, with some reaching even higher discounts."
Wedding dress discounts
"According to the author of "Bridal Bargains," November and December are excellent months to shop for a wedding dress, because there's a decrease in demand during the holidays; women just aren't interested in shopping for a dress during this typically busy season, which means you have ample opportunity to bargain with the boutique — if you're willing to haggle, that is."
Toys : Yes and no
You're likely to be shopping a lot this month, especially for holiday items. For some of you this includes toys. "However, the best time to get greatest discounts on toys for the holidays is during the middle of the month, or the second week of December. That said, you'll still see Black Friday toy discounts of up to 50% and up to 75% off video games, making the shopping holiday not too shabby if you'd rather get the kids' gifts settled early. Just keep in mind that the most significant price cuts on video games this year will be for older-generation consoles; at best we might see mild "buy one get one" offers for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game titles."
Every month seems like a great month to buy HDTVs. They keep getting cheaper, and this month you'll be bombarded with HDTV deals. The majority of the deals could be rock bottom, but not every deal you come across will be worth your time.
"If you have your eyes set on a premium, name-brand HDTV, then November isn't your month. You're better off waiting until December, January, and early February when deals on these TVs are traditionally lower. This is due to the fact that 2014 TVs will be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, which causes retailers to clear inventory of 2013 TVs at the start of the new year."
Take the low road, if you will, and look for off-brand TVs in the 42" to 55" categories, which will fall to new price lows. The best values will be in the 46" to 55" range – 42" TVs can't get any cheaper than they have in previous years – and 32" sets are usually cheaper in September. "We expect to see off-brand 46" and 47" sets in the $269 range and off-brand 55" sets in the $425 range. But keep in mind that off-brand 55" TVs will soon cost the same as name-brand 55" 3D HDTVs. Basically that means if you play your cards right, you could snag a 55" 3D name-brand TV will all the bells and whistles of a modern TV for almost the same price as an off-brand 55" TV, which typically has no added features."
Forget Haswell, Ivy Bridge will be on fire
"If there's one type of laptop you need to buy this month, it's an Ivy Bridge-based laptop. Now that Intel's Haswell processor has been out for quite some time, Ivy Bridge is ripe for the bargain bin. But unlike most bargain laptops, which choke at the mere mention of HD video, the majority of Ivy Bridge laptops still run smoothly with enough power for anything you throw their way."
A basic 15" Core i5 Ivy Bridge systems (with the standard 4GB of RAM and at least a 500GB hard drive) could drop to as low as $285 this month. By comparison, a Core i5 Haswell laptop will most likely cost at least $399.
"If you just want a laptop with enough power for barebones tasks like basic web browsing, then look for AMD-based systems as they could drop even lower. A 15" quad-core AMD system, for example, could fall to $250 as such configurations already have dropped in price in both September and October of this year. Dual-core AMD systems have even hit $205 so far, and we expect these notebooks (along with Intel Celeron and Pentium systems) to drop to $170 this Black Friday."
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