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Black Friday 2018: What Can You Buy Now In November, And What Should Wait Until Black Friday & Cyber Monday

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — November is king when it comes to retail sales. But what should you buy now, and what should you wait to buy on Black Friday? Chrysa Duran from ThriftyJinxy.com is here with that.

She says wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to buy TVs, electronics, large appliances and apparel. But in the meantime …

Halloween Clearance

Some Halloween decorations can be used for Thanksgiving. Fake Jack-o-lanterns, turn the face to wall and enjoy a new pumpkin decoration. Costume accessories (light sabers, superhero capes and princess dresses/crowns) can be given as Christmas or birthday presents and used for dress-up. Candy can be stored in a cool place, tossed in the freezer, or used for baking.

Baking Supplies

People tend do bake a lot more during the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving, so there will be deals on flour, sugar, cakes mixes, chocolate chips, and more, especially in the last half of the month. These are also items you can stock up on now and store for later.

Cookware 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 on sale including baking pans, serving dishes, utensils and small kitchen appliances. It can also be a good time to score a deal on higher end brands like Vitamix and KitchenAid.

Wedding Dresses

Lots of people get engaged during the holiday season, so bridal stores bring in 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.

Tools Hardware

People don’t do a lot of home improvements late in the year because they’re busy with the holiday season. 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.

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Amazon Pre-Black Friday 2018: 5 Deals On Alexa-Equipped …

Amazon’s Alexa just celebrated its fourth birthday the other day.  Alexa has evolved from being essentially a hands-free gimmick to become one of the most advanced virtual assistants on the market. Just look at the figures. In 2016, Alexa could only respond to around 4,000 commands. By 2017, that number had increased to 35,000. Alexa is picking up new skills and vocabulary faster than a Human four-year-old, at this rate!

The number of tasks Alexa can accomplish is only going to continue to grow and expand at an increasing rate as smart technology becomes more evolved. The number of products powered by Amazon Alexa is growing right along with it. To help increase your arsenal of smart products, we’ve compiled a list of the best deals on Amazon Alexa-equipped products.

TP-Link HS100

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Amazon Alexa-equipped products aren’t just party favors anymore. In fact, you will quickly realize they’re saving you money. The TP-Link HS100 is one of the best selling Alexa products on the market. It’s a simple converter for your power outlet, which transforms anything into a smart device The TP-Link is like The Clapper on steroids, as it does a lot more than just turn appliances on or off. You can set schedules and timers and even control multiple devices at the same time, with the TP-Link’s scene setting.

The TP-Link works anywhere your Alexa voice control does. This surprisingly useful smart device starts to pay for itself in saved footsteps and wasted trips. Spend that time doing something you care about instead of simply walking back and forth!

Here’s your chance to experience smart functionality at an insanely low price. The TP-Link HS100 is 58 percent off, just $16.99 from the $39.99 list price.

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MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301Amazon

How many times have you lost your garage door opener? Or simply had the batteries run out? These things have a habit of happening at the worst possible moment, as well, when you’re running late for work or school or on your way to pick up your kids.

Considering how high-tech almost every aspect of modern life is, it’s a little silly we’re still relying on technology from the ’60s to open our garage doors. The MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener removes the need for a dedicated garage door opener, letting you use your smartphone instead.

Opening and closing doors are just the beginnings of what the MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener can do, however. This smart garage door opener also lets you receive notifications any time your garage door opens or closes. You can control your garage door remotely, as well, using the MyQ app.

The MyQ Smart Garage Door opener is currently retailing for $59.99, a $20 savings from the $79.99 sticker price.

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ecobee4 Smart Thermostat with Built-In Alexa

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Utilities can be expensive, especially when it’s cold outside. It’s not necessarily a sign of ‘adulting’ to get excited about saving money on utility bills without having to wear three pairs of socks around the house. The ecobee4 Smart Thermostat saves you up to 23 percent on your heating or cooling bills. The unit will pay for itself in two years or less. Those two years will be much more comfortable than you’d be otherwise, as well.

The ecobee4 comes with a room sensor to place in the most important rooms in the house. The smart thermostat will then regulate the other temperatures around that room instead of the other way around. You won’t have to pay to heat the draftiest room in the house anymore! Not only is the ecobee4 good for your wallet, but it’s also good for the environment as well. Saving energy is one of the simplest ways we can make a difference. It’s best when you can save money at the same time! The ecobee4 is only $209, at the moment. That’s a 16 percent savings from its usual $249 list price.

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Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge

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Do you remember those lamp timers you used to set when you went on vacation? That would make it seem like someone was home even when you weren’t? Sure, this low-key Home Alone outtake might not seem as flashy or exciting as some other smart home devices out there. The Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge does a lot more than turn the lights on and off, however.

Philips is the largest retailer of smart light bulbs and lighting fixtures. The Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge is the brain and central nervous system of your Philips Hue system. You can connect up to 50 smart devices and control them all via the Philips Hue app.

Imagine being able to dim all of the lights in your house without getting off of the sofa. Or even turning off the kitchen lights after you’ve left the house. You won’t even have to press a button, as the Smart Bridge is fully ready to engage with Alexa, right out of the box.

Now you or your gift receiver will be able to experience the futuristic thrills and efficiency of smart lighting for less than $50. The Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge is on sale for $47.89, at the moment – a 20 percent savings from the list price of $59.99.

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EZVIZ Mini O 720p HD Wi-Fi Home Video Monitoring Security Camera

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Along with basic virtual assistant tasks like voice search, home security was one of the first areas to take advantage of smart technology. It also helps you make the most of your security, which means you barely have to use it, but still, know that it’s there. After all, who has time to sit and monitor CCTV monitors like an overnight security guard? Instead, the EZVIA Mini lets you look when you need to. Just say the word, as the EZVIZ Mini O is equipped with Alexa and ready to take orders!

You can see things you wouldn’t normally be able to, as well. The EZVIZ features night vision and a full 111-degree rotation, to see as much of the scene as possible. You can even look while you’re away, as the EZVIZ can be monitored wherever you are, via the included app. You’ll be the only one who can, however. The EZVIZ Mini O’s video feed is entirely secure, featuring end-to-end video encryption and multilayer security.

You have plenty of storage options to choose from if you don’t feel like monitoring remotely. The EZVIZ Mini O comes equipped with a cloud storage option, with one month free to try out the plan. It also has a slot for a microSD card capable of storing up to 128GB. All of this for only $39.99! A $10 savings!

If you’ve been holding off, this could be the year you finally get connected with smart home technology. It’s finally reached the tipping point where it’s gone past a fad and has become a part of the fabric of daily life. Here’s your chance to check out some of the best Alexa-enabled tech currently on the market while it’s still affordable!

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Looking For More Early Black Friday Deals?

The Holiday deals are starting to come fast and furious, even in the first week of November! Whether you’re looking to keep tabs on the latest Amazon Electra-equipped products, or looking for thorough product guides, we’ll be bringing you extensive Black Friday coverage, each and every day.

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The Roasting Pan Is the Unsung Hero of Thanksgiving, and One of the Best You Can Buy Is Half Off Today


The Best Deals of the Day: November 7, 2018

Save big on some great jackets from The Very Warm, a kit for safer backcountry skiing, a staff-favorite Patagonia rain shell and much more.

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These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now

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Wow. Thanksgiving is in TWO WEEKS. That means Black Friday is also around the corner. And as retailers are ramping up their pre-Black Friday deals, it’s more important than ever to be smart about how you shop. That’s where Reviewed comes in. We work tirelessly to test the things you want and need so we can help you find the best stuff for you.

And when it comes to finding a good deal, well that’s where I really shine. I use all the knowledge Reviewed has gathered in our lab and real-world tests, and combine it with research of price histories, consumer reviews, and other professional reviews so I can help you avoid seemingly good deals on crappy products or deals that aren’t actually as worthwhile as they might seem.

1. Save $10: The Instant Pot is back on sale

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If you missed the recent Instant Pot sale where it was down to $70, you might be interested in today’s smaller discount. While it’s clearly not the lowest price we’ve seen, I still think it’s a good deal because the Instant Pot is worth it at full price. I’ve had mine for over a year and I could not live without it. I can make a full meal in under an hour, and only spend 10-15 minutes actually doing anything.

The thing with the Instant Pot’s sale prices is that you will definitely see it drop lower on (and possibly before) Black Friday. But if you want to use it to prepare a big batch of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner, you can’t really wait for those sales, can you? Plus it sells out fast when the price drops below $80. So an extra $20 for peace of mind that you’ll have it in time might be well worth it. Don’t forget to click that on-page coupon to save an extra $2!

Get the Instant Pot DUO60 6-Qt. 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker for $87.88 (Save $12)

Alternatively, when we tested all the best electric multi-cookers, we found that Crock-Pot’s is basically identical to the Instant Pot in performance, and it’s cheaper too ($69.99 at Target). It just doesn’t have the Instant Pot name.

2. Lowest price: The best non-Apple true wireless headphones

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Getting your headphone cord caught on a door handle or ripping them out while you’re in the middle of a run can be the most infuriating thing in the world. I think the world cheered when Apple unveiled the first true wireless earbuds for those reasons alone. But, not everyone uses Apple products, and not everyone wants super tiny, easily lose-able earbuds.

Jabra makes the best true wireless earbuds after the Airpods. They’re bigger, so they might feel a little weird at first, but they’re also much harder to lose. Our tester suggests not wearing them for long periods of time because they’re fairly bulky, but he also loved that they’re sweatproof and dustproof. Right now, they’re $40 less than usual, marking the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Get the Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds for $119.99 (Save $40)

You can also get Apple Airpods for $144.98—$14 less than Apple sells them for on Amazon.

3. Lowest price: Our favorite affordable chef’s knife

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We always get excited when we see our favorite affordable chef’s knife on sale. This usually $45 knife did very well in our tests, with results comparable to those of much more expensive models, and right now it’s on sale for $28, matching the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Considering our favorite overall knife typically costs $145 when it’s in stock, the ability to get a knife that’s nearly as good for over $100 less is something to get excited about, even if you’re not super into cooking.

Get the Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-In. Chef’s Knife for $27.99 (Save $17)

4. Lowest price: Our favorite nonstick cookware set

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If you’re still using the same pots and pans you’ve had in the cabinet for the last decade, maybe it’s time to upgrade (unless you’ve got a bunch of stainless steel and cast iron cookware. That stuff can last a lifetime!). We tested all the best cookware sets and T-fal, that super affordable brand you always see on Amazon, in Target, and in your friends kitchens, actually does make the best nonstick cookware. Right now, it’s on sale for the lowest price we’ve seen by a couple bucks, and $20 less than the list price.

Get the T-fal C561SC Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set for $76.78 (Save $19)

5. Best price: The best affordable tablet for kids

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If you’re sick of your kids constantly asking to borrow your phone or tablet, maybe it’s time to get one just for them. We tested all the best kids’ tablets and found that Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition are actually the best. Right now, all three models are on sale for the lowest price. The 7 is the most affordable, the 10 has the biggest and best screen, and the 8 is a solid combo of the two, making it the most popular option.

Not only do they have parental controls to keep your kids safe while they play (and to limit their screen time) but the Kids Edition comes in a protective case, has a 2-year worry-free guarantee, and includes a year free of Freetime Unlimited. This service gives them easy access to educational content from games to shows to books and more. And right now, you can get a tablet for $70, $30 less than usual and matching the best price we’ve ever seen.

See all the best deals you can get before Black Friday

Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.

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Gibson Expands Melamine Dinnerware Collection

Gibson Overseas is expanding its melamine dinnerware collection for 2019. The company said it is adding several new designs to meet the increased consumer demand for a category that has seen continued growth in recent years.

The company’s latest melamine options include a wide variety of patterns that feature tropical and contemporary florals in vibrant colors that officials stated mimic the look of ceramics.

“Melamine has turned into a go-to option for casual everyday dining throughout the year. Consumers love the versatility and the colorful designs that add a sophisticated look without having to worry about weight and breakage,” said David Nicklin Gibson’s vp/marketing and licensing.

According to Gibson, new open stock options include the Gibson Home Tribal design and Baypointe, which offer easy to merchandise 4-packs in geometric patterns.

In addition, the new Gibson Home Kealani Garden collection offers Hawaiian-inspired designs across an assortment of items that are designed for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. The collection includes 6-inch bowls, 8.5-inch dessert plates, 10.5-inch dinner plates, 17-inch serving tray, and a 15-inch square platter.

“Melamine is a must-have for today’s home,” Laurie Gates Gibson’s vp/creative and merchandising. “New techniques allow intricate, on-trend patterns to be applied to melamine in a cost-effective way. Melamine is now a canvas for bringing the latest design to everyday meals and at-home entertaining.”

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This KitchenAid stand mixer at its lowest price—for now

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There is nothing (I mean, nothing) that looks better on a kitchen counter than a KitchenAid stand mixer. Even if you never use it, you’ll be happy to have this gorgeous kitchen gadget featured in your home. With its sleek look, high-quality performance, and tons of colors to choose from, it’s no wonder it’s known as the best stand mixer money can buy. But with high quality comes a high price and you usually need to shell out about $250 for one, but every-so-often you can find one color on sale.

Right now, you can get the KitchenAid Tilt Head 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer in several different fun colors on eBay for just $199.99 and comes with an additional Flex Edge Beater. Typically, these sales go to the more “boring” colors like red or white, but right now you can get a discounted one in Cobalt Blue, Empire Red, Gloss Cinnamon, Green Apple, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Silver, and White. The seller also come directly from KitchenAid, so you can ensure you’re getting the same impeccable quality as you would from directly from their site.

This KitchenAid stand mixer is the best we’ve ever tested because it has one of the quietest motors, is easy to use, and has a ton of attachments for everything from making pasta to spiralizing vegetables. Although we prefer the 5-quart size, the 4.5-quart is still a great option for smaller baking batches.

Plus, these fun colors will surely pop in any kitchen and at this amazing price, it’s worth the investment or as a gift for your favorite home baker. This sale will last while supplies last, so if you want to take advantage of this great price, you might want to act sooner than later.

Get the KitchenAid Tilt Head 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer at Amazon on eBay for $199.99 and save $50

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Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 3 Piece Set only $25.31

Update: This deal has sold out.

This Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 3 Piece Set is only $25.31 with this Lightning Deal at Amazon right now! That’s only $8.43 per skillet!

This cast iron set with impressive reviews includes 10″, 8″ 6″ pre-seasoned skillets.They can be used for sautéing, braising, baking, frying, roasting, simmering, and searing in the oven or on the stovetop.

This Cast Iron Skillet 3 Piece Set is on sale for only $25.31 at Amazon.com HERE!

Shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime or on orders over $25. Get a 30-Day free trial of Prime at Amazon.com HERE.

This deal is only available for a limited time.

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