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The best things to buy on Black Friday

Deck the halls with home goods
Deck the halls with home goods

November is a good time of year generally to pick up cookware sets, such as pots and pans, de Grandpre says, particularly from retailers such as Amazon.com, Wal-Mart and Target.

"It's a good time to buy those as gifts and, frankly, a good time to stock up for yourself," he says.

The same goes for small, infrequently used kitchen electrics, such as a fondue pot. These appliances might run $15, $10 or even $5 on Black Friday.

"Black Friday is the day to get those things you're not going to use so often at super-cheap prices," he says.

And cheap might be fine, depending on your needs. Although you might not get the highest-quality blender or coffee maker, some of these items might be perfect for a college student stocking a dorm room, de Grandpre says.

In addition to kitchen gear, look for deals on large appliances at home goods stores. DealNews expects some of the lowest prices of the year on items such as dishwashers, ovens, and washers and dryers. If history repeats itself this year, Hoover vacuum cleaners, both refurbished and new, could also see good discounts.

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