What Should You Buy in November? My Local CBS Morning Segment

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We’re heading into the biggest shopping season of the year and it’s time to ask: What Should You Buy in November? This morning I appeared on our local CBS station to discuss the items that you’ll find at great prices all month long. Before we get into what you should buy all month long, one thing to keep in mind is to try to put off purchasing the types of things that are HOT for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales until that part of the month. That means to wait on TVs, electronics, large appliances and apparel – but of course you get a pass if you need a new outfit for Thanksgiving! Read my recap here and see the video itself at the bottom of this post!You can read my recap here and see the video itself at the bottom of this post!

What Should You Buy in November?


Halloween Clearance

One of the most fun times of year for bargain hunters is to shop Halloween clearance! Of course you can stock up on candy (YUM). Store it in a cool place in zip-top bags or sealed containers or toss in the freezer. You can also also repurpose it as ice cream topping or bake it up in recipes. We have a whole list of recipes using leftover Halloween candy.

Buy clearance decorations both for next year and to repurpose for Thanksgiving. For example, take a decorative Jack-o-lanterns and turn the face to the wall and you have a fall harvest pumpkin decoration. Don’t forget the costume section! Costume accessories like light sabers, super hero capes and princess crowns can be given as Christmas or birthday presents – most kids LOVE to play dress-up!

Baking Ingredients Shelf Life Guide

Baking Supplies

Speaking of baking, a lot of extra baking goes on during the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving and going all the way through Christmas – so you’ll find deals on flour, sugar, cake mixes, chocolate chips, etc., especially starting in the next couple of weeks. See how long it’s safe to store them with our Baking Ingredients Shelf Life Guide.

Cookware and Kitchen Items

Besides all the baking, there is also a lot of cooking going on for the holidays, so you’ll find everything for your kitchen will be on sale, including baking pans, serving dishes, and small kitchen appliances. Now is the time to score a deal on a higher end item like a KitchenAid mixer or Vitamix blender you have been eyeing.



Tools and Hardware

People don’t do a lot of home improvements late in the year because they’re busy with the holiday season and in cold areas like ours you’re more limited to just working on the inside of your house. So, you’ll find lots of deals on tools and hardware, with lots of these sales also on Black Friday when we’re likely to see lots of tool sets and handheld electric tools on sale as people like to give them as gifts to the handy people in their life.

Winterization Products

With winter upon us it’s time to get your home winterized and the materials to do it are on sale. There are deals on supplies like insulation, weather-stripping and even on thermostats. Plus, buying these items now and using them will help save on your heating bills all winter.


Wedding Dresses

The holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year for couples to get engaged. Bridal stores bring in a lot of new dresses in the fall to get ready for those newly engaged brides. That means they will lower the prices on their current inventory to make way for the new ones. You’ll find deals on bridesmaid dresses as well. Another tip for spending less on your wedding dress is to shop department stores or boutiques for a white evening gown. You can find a beautiful dress perfect for your wedding that costs a lot less just because it isn’t labeled as a “wedding dress”.

Those are just a few of the items on sale this month, but once we hit Black Friday and Cyber Monday you’ll be seeing deals on nearly everything you can imagine!



About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. That’s a good idea to shop for appliances this time of year! We could use a new dishwasher.

  2. Never knew that this is the time of year to buy a wedding dress! I will have to tell my friend that is getting married! I always look for baking products now it is SUCH a good time to get butter and other items!

  3. shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing this great shopping info. This is always nice to know.

  4. I am slightly obsessed with baking supplies when they all go on sale for Thanksgiving baking!! I usually get a year’s supply. 🙂

  5. These are great tips on when to stock up (Great job on your segment, by the way!)! I looooove stocking up on baking supplies during November. I store them with oxygen absorbers!

  6. Thanks for sharing all these great shopping tips. It’s always great to know. Loved your post!

  7. This is SO good to know. I knew about Halloween candy but I has no idea about the rest! I have two cousins who are getting married, I’ll have to tell them that now is the time to get their dresses!

  8. What do you get for a fantastic birthday twin uncle for the holiday’s

  9. David Barnes says:


  10. I love those what to buy what month posts! Thanks so much!

  11. shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing these ideas of what to buy for the month of November.

  12. Julie Wood says:

    I always get some Halloween decorations after the Holiday because you save so much money. Also, I love getting my spices for the Holidays. It seems that this is always a good time to get stocked up on these items.

  13. Wow, great article. I make a list of items/ stores I want to shop for Cyber Monday. I’ll look at Halloween candy and decorations tomorrow as those seem to sell out quickly.

  14. Dana Rodriguez says:

    These are all great ideas. I would have never thought a wedding dress!

  15. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    This is very good to know. I appreciate you sharing. Who would have to thought to buy their wedding dress in November.

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