If you're making your way out into the shopping crowds today, here are some of the best deals to look for in home essentials and some deals that will get even sweeter after Black Friday.
Buy: Off-Brand TV's
If you're looking for a deal on a top-of-the-line television, Black Friday is not the time to buy. When taking a closer look at store advertisements, you'll notice that most of the deals are on off-brand televisions with lower video resolutions and slower screen refresh resolutions. Regardless, the lower-priced Black Friday television deals are a great option for a guest room, kid's room or den.
Skip: Name-Brand TV's
If you're hoping to find a high-end "centerpiece" for your entertainment center, you'll find the best deals on name brand televisions starting in mid-December and leading up to the Super Bowl.
Buy: Major Appliances
If you're in the market for a washer, dryer, refrigerator and any other type of kitchen appliance, Black Friday is a great time to fulfill that need. Most major home goods retailers offer up to 40% off major appliances. According to DealNews, you can expect to find some of the lowest prices of the year on appliances.
Skip: Bedding & Bathroom Essentials
While you're perusing the home goods stores, don't be tempted to purchase the necessities to update your master bedroom. Check back in January when most retailers participate in what are called "white sales", a chance for consumers to stock up on bedding and bath supplies and linens at discounted prices.
Buy: Kitchenwares & Countertop Appliances
If you're a new homeowner, Black Friday is the perfect time to stock up on kitchen essentials. You'll likely find pots & pans, toaster ovens, blenders, and other cooking oddities as doorbusters.
Skip: Christmas Decorations
Avoid the temptation to update your holiday tinsel and just wait until the end of the Christmas season. The best time to buy Christmas home decor, wrapping paper, and all other holiday esentials for the lowest dollar is December 26th.
If you can't wait on things like wrapping paper and artificial trees, don't buy them on Black Friday if you want a price cut. Retailers slash prices the closer it gets to Christmas as they try to clear out inventory.
Buy: Plane Tickets & Travel Plans
Whether you're hoping for a mini-vacation this winter or making plans for Spring Break, many main hotel chains, airline carriers and resort spas have their biggest sales of the year at this time. The best way to nail down one of these elite deals is to follow your favorite airline or hotel chain on social media, because these deals pop up last minute and go quicker than the year's hottest Christmas toy.
Skip: Outdoor Living Essentials
If buying a deeply discounted patio set or grill was on your Christmas shopping list, you won't find the best deals today. Those items are marked down right after summer for Labor Day deals, so the newest patio trends and outdoor essentials will just be coming out for the 2016 line.