As shoppers make a mad grab for stuff, shoving anything and everything into their carts and figuring out whom to give it to later, there are some things shoppers should stay away from.


The kids have probably circled everything they want in the catalogs and ads that came out last month, but, resist the urge to grab Elmo, Furby and whatever else the hot toys are supposed to be this year. Sure, some of them will be discounted on Black Friday, but if you wait a couple of weeks, toys will be discounted even further and you may even do like I did for a gift last year after searching store after store after store and coming up empty: Buy it for even cheaper online.

Certain Electronics

I've been bugging Glen for a Nintendo Wii for Christmas now that we have the big TV downstairs and there's enough room to flail around, but if you're looking to pick up a Wii, a PlayStation or any other gaming console, make sure it has an item bundled with it. According to Deal News, many manufacturers are offering their systems with accessories and games and if they don't leave it on the shelf. Unfortunately, they say that XBoX and PlayStation 4 won't be discounted until after the holidays. Deal News also cautions that brand name HDTVs won't be as discounted as they could be, either. Sure, some brands will be on deep, deep discounts, but they may be off brands that aren't as good as say a Toshiba, Sony or Samsung. Those TVs will be super discounted after Christmas.

Winter Clothing

If you're like me, you hate shopping for winter stuff in August when it comes out. You prefer to shop for winter accessories in fall, or, wait for it, WINTER. If you're looking for big discounts on hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, thermal undies and coats, good luck. Those are better bought in January. Clothing like sweaters, cardigans, sweatshirts and the like, however will be discounted. A lot.

Christmas Decorations

If you're looking to deck the halls with some new Christmas decorations, wait until closer to Christmas. Of course, if you're looking for the biggest discounts, December 26 everything will be dirt cheap. Wrapping paper, lights, tinsel, ribbons, bows, tissue paper, ornaments, garland, and trees will likely be on clearance, so if you can wait, do it. Our Christmas tree bit the dust two years ago and I knew to wait until after Christmas to buy a new one because we saved a bunch.