Life Hacks: What NOT to Buy in November

People enjoy life hacks for several reasons, but we especially like ones that help us save money. Sites like DealNews and Lifehacker provide great money-saving tips on a regular basis. In particular, they’ve created a yearly timeline with the best times to purchase certain items. While such a list is helpful, we’ve collected specific items you shouldn’t purchase in a given month. Here’s the November installment of our monthly series on what NOT to buy!

Life Hacks: What NOT to Buy in October

In terms of deals, November is one of the biggest months of the year due to huge offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Stores prepare weeks if not months in advance for this huge savings event. Even with deals galore, we still want to help you learn which items aren’t priced to sell this month.

Gift Cards

For those looking to start their holiday shopping early, hold off on purchasing any gift cards this month. Waiting till December to purchase gift cards will prove to be much more advantageous to consumers. Once December hits, shoppers will be able to find a number of gift cards being offered at discounted prices.

Home and Patio Furniture

Life Hacks: What NOT to Buy in November
You see – even IF you could find patio furniture on sale, you wouldn’t be able to use it.

As we have noted in the past, these deals happen towards the end of the summer and beginning of the fall, since people are looking to enjoy the last few days of good outdoor weather. Come October, retailers will have cleared out most if not all of their outdoor furniture inventory – and people just don’t sit outside on the patio during winter weather. As for home furniture, retailers don’t buy into the Black Friday deals, especially the higher-end stores. Instead, they tend to heavily discount those items in the summer around July and August.


Life Hacks: What NOT to Buy in November
This MIGHT be the happiest airport security check of all time. This picture can’t have been taken during a real holiday.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, so it’s not surprising that you can’t find deals – supply and demand is real, folks. However, if you can put your travel plans on hold until after the holidays, January can also be a great month for travel deals.


Unless you WANT to spend Thanksgiving night camped out at Toys R Us, it’s best to hold off on purchasing any toys for the month of December. While shoppers can find the occasional deal on toys, steeper discounts on toys will be found closer to Christmas – especially during the two weeks leading up to the big day.

What tips do you have for saving money by not purchasing the wrong stuff this November? Share with us in the comments!

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