November is an especially good month for deals with Veteran’s Day promotions the weekend of November 11. According to our analysts, this is a good month to consider items such as dishware, baby products and mattresses.
1. TV – Plasma TVs have gone the way of the VCR, and most new models are LED LCD sets, so that helps streamline your decision-making process. Here’s what to look for:
- Think about screen size. For your living room or family room, figure on a 50- to 60-inch screen, or even bigger. For a bedroom or kitchen, 24 to 32 inches should be plenty..
2. Tablets – Lower-priced tablets have improved a lot. Our buying guide can help you choose. Two important tips to consider:
- Portability. Do you plan to take the tablet with you or mostly use it at home? Tablets that are 8 inches or smaller are usually very thin, weigh less than a pound, and may offer 15 hours of battery life or more. Larger tablets are heavier; they also cost more.
- For children. If you have kids, you may want to consider a tablet made just for them. These models come with extra parental controls such as website blocking features and app approval.
3. Gaming Consoles – Once you decide on the gaming system you want, you’re locked in to that brand for both the console and the games since games aren’t cross compatible with other systems.
- Buy last year’s model. Kids may clamor for the latest system, but you can save money by purchasing the outgoing model.
- Look for holiday bundles. One way to save is to look for special holiday promotional bundles.
4. Headphones Over-the-ear headphones from Beats and Bose might be the most recognizable models, but our tests show that you don’t have to spend a lot on a big brand name to get quality sound.
- Consider comfort. Ear buds can be uncomfortable, and some people don’t like wearing headphones over their heads.
- Pay attention to policies. If you’re buying headphones as a gift for someone else, be sure to check return policies and ask for a gift receipt. Headphones can be a very a personal choice.
5. Coffee Makers – A basic coffee maker will brew you a decent cup of coffee. Don’t assume that a higher price tag will mean higher quality. You will pay more for extra features, though.
6. Refrigerators – Pay attention to Energy Star ratings, don’t overlook this, even if a sale tempts you.
Also look for deals on other major appliances including washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, cooktops and wall ovens, freezers, and built-in microwaves.