You might think that because you faithfully compare prices online before buying, download coupons to your phone, and watch for deep discounts on yesterday's inventory as new models appear in stores, you're getting the best deals you possibly can.
Still, deep discounts for some products go by the calendar. Consumer Reports product research experts, who track prices all year long, have compiled a list of items that are typically discounted most deeply in November.
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You should be able to find great prices on a variety of baby products this month, including strollers. Factor stroller accessories into the price of models you like, because you may find yourself needing (or wanting) extras such as a parasol, rain cover, netting to keep out bugs, drink holder, and more. For stroller shopping tips, check out our buying guide.
Subscribers will notice in our Stroller Ratings that there's a wide price range among types and brands. What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $1,000 or more? Several things drive up the price–such as those accessories–but we've found good models in a wide range of prices.
If you're in the market for a new bike, we suggest you find a good bicycle shop. You'll probably pay more, but we think you're more likely to be satisfied. Bikes from big-box stores might not be properly assembled or well matched to your body. If you don't like the pedals or seat on a particular model, some bike shops will swap components at little or no cost.
For more shopping tips and information about different brands, see our bike buying guide. And read our bike helmet buying guide to make sure you get the best fit (subscribers can read our Bike Helmet Ratings).
The right camcorder features are important, whether you're considering a standard definition or high-definition model. Many camcorder features, such as LCD monitors and autofocus, are available on almost all models while others, such as a built-in light, are less common.
Think about safety when you're shopping for a discounted gas grill this month. The more stable the grill, the better. Gently push the grill from several angles to see if it tips. Check the cart, firebox, lid, and shelves for sharp corners and edges.
Grip the handle. Your knuckles or fingers shouldn't be too close to the lid or your hand could get burned. And while some flaring is normal, typically the greater the distance between the grates and burners or flavorizer bars, the fewer the sustained flare-ups. For more shopping tips, see our grill buying guide (Subscribers can check out our Gas Grill Ratings.)
Shoppers looking for navigational aid can choose from many types of GPS devices, including aftermarket portable or in-dash units, cell phones, factory-installed in-dash units, telematics systems, and even laptop computers.
All have advantages and disadvantages, as our GPS buying guide points out, and choosing the right one for you depends on your needs and budget. Subscribers can get a list of recommended models and our GPS Ratings.
Playing helps to develop a baby's social, emotional, language, intellectual, and problem-solving skills. When you choose toys and activities that enhance your child's development, you're helping her to foster cognitive and social skills that she can build on. But don't give toys all the credit–you're a key player. The right toy can make key developmental stages more fun—for your child and for you.
Our toy buying guide can help you to find age-appropriate toys for your baby—and to learn what you can do to play up their important lessons.
When you're shopping for a new TV your budget is naturally the first consideration. It's possible to find good TVs selling for a few hundred dollars, while others go for several thousand, and there are many good sets that fall in between those extremes. Screen size, features, brand, and more affect the price.
Want to know what's on sale the rest of the year? See our calendar of deals.
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