Tips and Black Friday deals to shop before the big day

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Many people start their Christmas shopping when Black Friday rolls around. It certainly makes sense, since it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, with countless deals on offer at almost every major retailer. That being said, there are several advantages to starting shopping before Black Friday, which takes place next week on Friday, November 25. Those perks include buying products before they’re sold out and insuring gifts before the holiday season to make sure they arrive on time. Here are some of the products you’ll want to consider buying this week before the Black Friday madness kicks in.

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Popular products that may be out of stock

Several items may be sold out on Black Friday if you wait too long to purchase them, especially if they are popular holiday items. In addition to advent calendars, there are a few products that we anticipate selling out this year. Apple products are always hot products and with new releases like the latest iPad Air and AirPods Pro, they are sure to fly off the shelves. Christmas-themed pajamas are another item that typically sells out as more people buy them before December for photos and lounging around the holidays. Popular toys like the new LEGO set, Lloyd’s Golden Ultra Dragon, are also hot items this year. If you’re really looking to get your hands on a product that’s in high demand, you might not get an official Black Friday price by buying it early, but you’ll at least secure it before it’s gone. While it’s a price gamble, many retailers already offer significant discounts. Although it may not be the lowest price of the season, you can shop with confidence knowing you’re not paying full price.

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One good reason to start shopping before Black Friday is that buying gifts earlier means they’re more likely to arrive in time for the holidays. The longer you wait to shop, the closer you’ll be to the holidays, and you don’t want your gift plans to be derailed by shipping delays. Timing is particularly crucial if you plan to gift someone an advent calendar, as the days start counting down on the first of December. Another reason to shop for gifts before Black Friday is that it gives you time to shop around for the best price before you decide to buy, since multiple stores can match the price.

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Hosting guests this holiday season? You may be looking for new kitchen gadgets or baking tools to enhance your holiday gatherings. While there may be significant deals on cookware and baking tools during Black Friday, there are already plenty of major sales in store as we head into Thanksgiving. You can get up to 50% off kitchen favorites at Williams-Sonoma before Turkey Day or 30% off internet famous Always Pan from Our Place. Buying these items now will give you peace of mind that they’ll arrive when you need them, before the chaos that is Black Friday shipping.

Black Friday tips to help you save money

Consider investing in these products before Black Friday.

Before Black Friday rolls around, consider joining a shopping membership like Amazon Prime or Walmart+ to save on shipping costs and open the door to exclusive deals during the shopping event. Another way to save through Amazon Prime is by purchasing by voice through an Amazon smart speaker. Alexa can deliver personalized deal recommendations and exclusive voice-only deals that shoppers won’t find online. We love the Amazon Echo (4th Gen) because it looks good, sounds clear, and can double as a smart hub.

Last but not least, consider getting a credit card with online shopping benefits before Black Friday. Many cards offer strong rewards programs with cash back on money you plan to spend anyway. Registering now will allow time for your application to be processed and for your new card to arrive in time for holiday shopping. The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is an exceptional option for online purchases, as it offers a lot of rewards compared to others we’ve researched. If you’re looking to rack up travel points with all the online purchases you’ll make, consider the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, which is offering a sweet bonus right now.

The best early Black Friday deals

If you decided to shop before Black Friday, check out these stores that have already started offering deep discounts on tech, furniture, appliances, and more.

Amazon: Black Friday deals on All-Clad, Revlon and Bowflexwalmart: Shop deals on Apple, Keurig and moreSamsung: Shop early Black Friday deals on smartphones and TVsObjective: The 55 best Black Friday deals to shop todayLowe’s: Get early Black Friday deals on GE and WhirlpoolBest Buy: Save on Sony, HP, Apple, SamsungNordstrom: Buy the best deals on Adidas, Tory BurchApple:Upgrade your tech with deals on MacBooks, AirPodstelevisions:Get early deals on LG, TCL, Hisense, SamsungToys:Shop Lego, Barbie, Nerf and more

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