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The 7 Best Things to Buy in Early November — and 3 to Avoid

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Many consumers probably think of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday as the only worthy shopping days in November. However, there are plenty of items to shop and save on early in the month, as well.

Check out our guide on what to buy in early November, and be sure to take a look at our Black Friday 2021 predictions, which can help you prepare for the biggest sales. Then maximize your shopping expertise by learning what to buy every month of the year!

The 7 Best Things to Buy in Early November

Halloween Candy

It’s common to see discounted Halloween candy throughout the month of October. For example, Target has offered a “buy one, get 25% off another” discount to shoppers who utilize same-day delivery or pickup services. If you haven’t taken advantage of these candy offers, though, don’t wait when November 1 rolls around.

Like other holidays with a strong candy focus, the discounts the day after Halloween tend to be huge — expect up to 50% off right away, although there could be deeper price cuts later in the week. However, know that by waiting, you may end up with very big discounts on the least-wanted candy.

Additionally, remember that these sales in November tend to be solely for Halloween-themed goodies, like pumpkin-shaped treats, Hershey’s Halloween Vampire Kisses, and M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix. The huge bags with spooky-themed packaging meant for trick-or-treaters will also be on sale — if you can find them.

Halloween Costumes

Much like Halloween candy, any lingering costumes will see deep discounts as soon as the clocks roll over to November 1. Significant savings could start as early as a couple of days before Halloween itself, but without a doubt, the first day of November is when we see deals boasting up to 80% off.

Look for these kinds of offers to be popular at stores like Target, especially, although any store with Halloween gear will likely cut prices in an effort to clear out costumes quickly.

Halloween Decor

As with the other big Halloween-themed items, spooky decor will also likely see serious savings on November 1.

The biggest problem with this in 2021, though, may be the immediate lack of selection. Decor in general has been harder to shop this year because of supply chain disruptions, so while stores may have discounts as high as 50% to 75% off right away, the inventory may be severely limited.

If you love all things spooky, your best bet is to hit the sales first thing on November 1 and grab all the items you want while you can.

Early Black Friday Sales

This year might not feel exactly like last year, but that doesn’t mean everything is smooth sailing either. Retailers have been encouraging consumers for a couple of months now to prepare to shop early, and they’re taking that encouragement one step further by offering early Black Friday sales.

Walmart is planning three events again for Black Friday 2021, with one starting online on November 3 and another beginning on November 10. We don’t have details on when the third will begin, but there’s a chance it could start around November 17, although that may be too early.

It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that Sam’s Club has announced multiple events, as well, with a November Savings Weekend taking place from November 6-8, and November Instant Savings that will be valid through November 24.

Veterans Day Sales

In a typical year, Veterans Day sales are the last big hurrah before Black Friday. Both last year and in 2021, however, retailers have been starting sales even earlier. But this means we might actually see more Veterans Day offers, rather than less.

For example, in 2018 we listed nine sales for the holiday, but in 2019 we listed 23. Then last year, we listed more than 30 offers related to Veterans Day, which isn’t exactly what we expected.

If those sales return again this year, watch for retailers like eBay to take up to 80% off a huge variety of categories, including tech, appliances, and tires.

Other notable sales last year included ones from Eddie Bauer, which took an extra 50% off sitewide; Kohl’s, which took up to 58% off small appliances, as well as an extra 15% off and $10 off $25; and Target, which offered a military and veterans discount worth an extra 10% off. (See more military discounts here!)

Baking Supplies

Is baking for the holidays part of your festive game plan? Then know that early November is an excellent time to start watching your local grocery ads.

You may see bakeware on sale, but more than likely you’ll find discounted supplies to use for holiday dinners. Watch for staples like flour and sugar to be on sale, as well as more seasonal items like chocolate chips, canned pumpkin, and cranberry sauce.

We might not see the same lack of inventory as last year, when marshmallows seemed to be missing for weeks at a time. But there’s a chance that supply chain disruptions could impact these items. So if you have any doubt, start stocking up now.

Seasonal Produce

You might not be thinking of produce as a good buy in the colder months, but there’s plenty to take advantage of.

Shop the best of winter veggies in November, including beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, mushrooms, parsnips, pumpkins, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, and winter squash.

And if you’re on the hunt for the freshest fruit, look for cranberries, oranges, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, and tangerines.

If you want to see what’s in season locally, be sure to check out your state’s produce guide.

And 3 Things to Buy Later

Winter Clothing

Buy: In January

Why: There might be a few good November deals on these apparel items, but you’ll see better discounts on a wider variety if you wait to shop until January or later.

Gift Cards

Buy: In early December

Why: November will bring some gift card deals, but we expect December to bring far more. It’s best to stock up then, especially if you need last-minute gifts.

Exercise Equipment

Buy: In January

Why: Fitness equipment of all types should see excellent deals in January, when everyone is focused on resolutions for the new year.

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