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5 Things to Get on Cyber Monday and What to Avoid

Make sure you know what to buy on Cyber Monday and what NOT to buy.

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Things to Buy on Cyber Monday: Google Home Mini

Lowe’s is selling Google Home Minis for just $19 from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. That’s down from the regular price of $49. Target will also offer the Google Home Mini for $20 on Black Friday. Google Home Mini can tell you your schedule for the day, estimate commute times, control your TV and other smart devices like thermostats and lights, and more.

Learn the difference between Google Home and Amazon Echo.

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Things to Buy on Cyber Monday: Amazon Echo

Lowe’s is dropping the price of the Amazon Echo Dot from $29.99 to $22 from Nov. 21-27, and Best Buy and others are doing the same for Black Friday.

Many point to Amazon Prime Day as an indicator of what to expect for Cyber Monday; smart home devices like the Echo were among the lowest priced items on Prime Day. There’s a good chance that many of those Black Friday deals on smart home products will carry through to Cyber Monday.

These were some of the splurgy home products on sale during Prime Day.

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Things to Buy on Cyber Monday: Ring Wireless Video Doorbell

Lowe’s is offering the Ring wireless video doorbell at a discounted price of $139 from Nov. 21 through Dec. 2, a $60 savings. These are the safest smart doorbells for your home.

Read our Ring 2 review so you’re up-to-date on all the functions. Plus, learn more about what a Ring wireless video doorbell can do.

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Things to Buy on Cyber Monday: Amazon Fire Stick

The Amazon Fire TV stick is featured in multiple Black Friday deals. It’s on sale from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at Lowe’s for $19.99, a discount of $20. You can also find the Fire Stick on sale at Best Buy for $19.99.

Check out the other alternative TV services out there your cable company doesn’t want you to know about.

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Things to Buy on Cyber Monday: Travel

Travel deals tend to increase on Cyber Monday when airlines, resorts, hotels and tours start dropping prices. The deals might not be at ideal times, but the savings can outweigh the schedule shuffle. Groupon is a good source to find local spots to travel, sometimes up to 70 percent off normal fees. Expedia and Hotels.com offered steep deals last year for Cyber Monday.

These are 12 of the most exotic places you can rent on Airbnb.

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Things to Avoid on Cyber Monday: Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers typically stay on sale longer than other items, so you can wait to buy them. Cyber Monday should be the day to check out more big-ticket items. Looking for stocking stuffers can needlessly eat up a chunk of your time.

Check out these genius last-minute stocking stuffers for DIYers.

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Things to Avoid on Cyber Monday: Appliances

Oftentimes the best time to buy appliances is during three-day holiday weekends, like Memorial Day or Presidents Day. The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Best Buy typically offer sweet deals on Cyber Monday, but if appliances aren’t high on your list it’s better to pass. You can usually find year-end close-out deals in May and better appliance deals later in the summer.

Find out the best time to buy each appliance with this guide.

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Things to Avoid on Cyber Monday: Furniture

Furniture retailers typically run their blowout deals on three-day weekends as well. Online retailers like Wayfair and Overstock will offer deals on Cyber Monday, though the savings aren’t as steep like you’ll see with smart home devices. But if you need furniture, Wayfair and Ashley Furniture are offering heavily discounted items.

Here are the items we loved on Cyber Monday last year.

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Things to Avoid on Cyber Monday: Christmas Trees

When’s the best time to buy an artificial Christmas tree? Usually right after Christmas when retailers want to dump items that didn’t sell. So while Cyber Monday deals on artificial trees and lights appear tempting, let your tree go one more season before you replace it.

Learn these Christmas storage tips to keep your tree and ornaments preserved.

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Things to Avoid on Cyber Monday: Christmas Decorations

Just like with artificial trees, you’ll find tremendous discounts on Christmas decorations immediately following the holiday. Use these tips to decorate your Christmas tree and get some ideas for your tree after looking at these 100 incredible Christmas trees.