You can save a lot of money and stress by shopping ahead for Christmas and watching for good sales. This list will help you know what to buy in November to save money.
November is here and everything is about to be all about Christmas! The stores will be filled with Christmas goodies, Christmas music is everywhere, and I’m so excited!
November is also when you can really start to stock up for Christmas. More and more food items are going to be safe to buy now and you can even start some holiday baking for those goodies that can be made ahead and frozen for when you need them.
You also need to be finishing up your Thanksgiving planning, if you haven’t already. Be sure to get your Thanksgiving planner so you can get organized.
Once you have that done, be sure your Christmas plan is ready in your Christmas planner as well! Having this plan done is essential when you are buying things ahead of time. You don’t want to buy things you don’t need, that won’t save you money.
There are some things that are better to buy in November than waiting for December. It’s also nice to get as much done this month so you can spend more time enjoying December and all the Christmas fun!
WHAT TO BUY IN NOVEMBER
Just like last month candy is a thing to stock up on! The selection will be a bit low but if you can find Halloween candy it will be majorly on sale.
Look for the candy that doesn’t have Halloween packaging on the actual candy. It’s perfect for stocking stuffers and far cheaper than buying the Christmas candy that is just now coming out. No one will care that it doesn’t have Christmas packaging.
You can also use the Halloween packaged candy for fun baked goods. One good option would be this Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough that you can have in your freezer for Christmas movie nights and last-minute parties.
Looking for natural candy? Check out Natural Candy Store.
FOOD AND BAKING SUPPLIES
Thanksgiving is coming and holiday cooking and baking supplies are taking over the stores. Look for items that have Halloween or fall packaging that isn’t really different than the normal items, those will likely be on sale now.
Also, look for sales on all kinds of baking supplies. If you can go ahead and stock up for more than just Christmas time. You can even freeze things like flour to keep it fresh.
Canned veggies, broth, and soups are often on sale this time of the year as well. Canned cranberry sauce is another good thing to stock up on. It’s great to go with Christmas dinner and there are some yummy recipes that use cranberry sauce.
Anything needed for holiday meals will likely see some sales this month. That means turkey, ham, veggies, bread, bread mixes, pie crusts, pie filling, and all the other holiday goodies. Go ahead and plan your Christmas dinner so you know what you can use.
Think about what you want to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers and get any ingredients you need to go with them. I love to make pot pie with leftover turkey so I know I need to stock up on some broth.
Now that we are almost to December some produce will make it until December but not all of it. You can still get a lot of those items though.
Just plan to use that produce to freeze or can to use in your holiday baking. You can even double homemade cranberry sauce and freeze half for Thanksgiving and half for Christmas.
The following are some of the produce you will likely see on sale.
Don’t forget to check the canned and freezer version to see if they are a better deal than fresh, especially if you will be canning or freezing them anyway.
This is one I’m going to say hold off on in general. If you need it this year or you don’t think it will be around after and you love it that’s one thing but it’s better to buy close to Christmas or even better, after.
If you do want to buy something this month, look for coupons. If you are ordering online be sure to use the tips in the “save even more money” section.
Black Friday Sales
Why do we even call them Black Friday sales anymore? You will start seeing these pop-up all month long. Have your Christmas shopping list ready so you can keep an eye out for good deals on gifts.
Be sure to join the Stress-Free Christmas Facebook group where I will be sharing deals I find and you can share ones you find as well.
SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY IN NOVEMBER
A great way to save more money for the holidays is by using cashback apps. There are a lot out there but there are a few that are my favorites.
My favorite apps are the Ibotta app, which is an easy to use app that will give you cash back on some of the items you are buying. You simply scan receipts that contain products they currently have offers for and you can get cashback.
My other favorite is Fetch Rewards. It works like Ibotta but you don’t have to find the offers and you get some points for every receipt, even if there are no special offers. I love to redeem my points for Amazon gift cards to use at Christmas time. Enter my referral code, TN8EW, during signup and you’ll get 2,000 Fetch Points ($2.00 in points!) when you complete one receipt.
Both of those will be great when grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner items or buying Christmas dinner items early. You can end up saving a lot of money.
And for things you order online use Rakuten (formerly Ebates). All you have to do is install the app and it will tell you when you can earn cashback. You can also get $10 just for signing up and making a qualified purchase.
Don’t forget to also get the free money-saving challenge worksheet by signing up below. It can help you save money and get ready for the holiday season.