Thanksgiving may be a time for being appreciative, but few shoppers are truly grateful for Thanksgiving deals. Instead, most shoppers are eager for Thanksgiving to pass so that they can jump right into Black Friday. But what I’ve learned over the years, however, is that there are plenty of great Thanksgiving deals that you can enjoy with shorter lines and thinner crowds. In fact, pre-Thanksgiving shopping can really be a great opportunity to stock up your pantries or your gift stash for future use. Here are some oft-overlooked pre-Thanksgiving deals that are definitely worth a second glance.
Cookware – Target has a few great deals this week, including a 6 quart stock pot for $10 and an 8 piece cook set for $20. This may make a great wedding gift or as a holiday gift for friends who can stand to upgrade their kitchen ware. I love it because it will also be helpful for anyone preparing Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re looking for something a bit more high-end, Overstock.com has an Analon 13 piece set for under $150, but the price is set to expire at the end of today so you’d better act fast.
Airfare – You may think that the holiday season is an expensive time to fly, but you’d be surprised at what great deals can come up. Farecompare.com has a holiday fare finding tool that will help you find the best deals around the holiday season with a single glance.
Cosmetics – Believe it or not, women want to look good all year round, and cosmetics deals often start before the holiday shopping frenzy. Keep an eye out for free gifts with purchase (consider getting your sister or mother cosmetics as a holiday gift while you keep the free gift!)
Food – You may be struggling to complete your Thanksgiving menu before thinking about your Christmas or Hannukah feasts (or avoiding the stores entirely if you’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner), but your admirable focus may actually be missing out on some great menu ideas for the future. As always, it’s worthwhile to check out what printable coupons are available this month so that you can already start planning your December holiday menu. Some of my favorite sites are RedPlum.com and Coupons.com. It’s also a good idea to purchase an extra turkey while it’s on sale (or, in many cases, free) during the Thanksgiving shopping rush, so that you can feed your next crew. Finally, remember that pumpkins have quite a long shelf-life, so if you want to have pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie in December, you may want to buy an extra one now.
Furniture – If you find it hard to think about decorating when the holidays are in the air, you’re not alone. Furniture retailers recognize that this is a ‘down’ season for furniture shopping, and many are willing to offer shockingly low prices to drum up some business. Check out Macy’s and Overstock.com for all types of furniture, and Jennifer Convertibles for couches that are priced-down for their upcoming Veteran’s Day sale.
Good luck with your pre-Thanksgiving shopping!