Ever walk through a store in October and hear holiday music and think, WAIT—Y’ALL, HALLOWEEN HASN’T EVEN HAPPENED YET? My stepmom rolls out the holiday decorations in September and loves celebrating forever. I’m firmly in the “Halloween shall happen before Thanksgiving, which shall happen before the next holiday.” But even though I have my own opinion, it seems like Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday deals all start happening earlier and earlier (November 1st, anyone?).

I’m of a mixed bag when it comes to over-consuming on the holidays. Staying mindful amidst the madness can be hard. We even have a blog post all about how to say no to gifts over the holidays.

That said, these holiday deals can be really huge for families on tight budgets that want to get big deals on items they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get. From new hardware to electronics to strollers to Instapots, snagging the things you want at really low prices can be a boon for your budget, if you plan ahead. And, if you’re a business owner, this can be a great season for new clients and sales, too.

Here’s a list of some ways to save on some cool gifts for kids, new parents or yourself. Spend wisely, friends, and enjoy the holidays.

Our favorite wish list for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for families, new parents, and expecting parents

The Snoo smart sleeper. New parents swear by the Snoo, and now you can, too. They’re offering 40% off for Black Friday savings, which is officially their biggest sale ever on this smart bassinet that has a 4.3 rating and over one thousand reviews. (Not ready to buy? Snoo also offers a rental option.)

A jogging stroller. Easy fold and quick storage, this jogging stroller has a mountain bike style suspension system for a smooth ride for you and your new baby. Also all Thule strollers are 20% off on Amazon now through December 2nd.

A Roomba or RoboVac. A rechargable, automatic vacuum cleaner has been a boon to parents everywhere, and my friends swear by a Roomba. They can be pricey—as much as $500—so if you’re looking to save big, watch for deals for these to be as low as $199. Here’s Amazon’s version of a Bagotte ($169), or you can go for the Eufy RoboVac ($199), or the Roomba, currently $299. If you want a regular vacuum cleaner, the current Shark standing vacuum cleaner is also a deal for the holiday sales.

An Instant Pot. Navigating a busy schedule and cooking a meal for a family is a challenge we can all understand. Enter the Instant Pot, a modern take on a pressure cooker that will have dinner ready in no time. Target is offering the best Black Friday deal on the newest model, the Duo Nova. Find other good deals at Walmart and on Amazon.

A balance bike. The perfect way to get your kids feeling confident on two wheels is with the pedal-less Strider bike. Propelled by their own momentum, Strider is designed to teach your kids how to ride before they ride. Now on sale for $109 (plus free two-day shipping!) on Amazon.

These crib deals. If you’re expecting or know someone who is, Black Friday is a great time to score extra savings on big ticket items like cribs like this one or this one.

This two-wheeled ride. A day in the park or around the neighborhood, get your kids on the move with their own Razor scooter. Fun colors are all over 20% off on Amazon.

Winter coats and jackets. Are your kids already set with coats and jackets for this season? It’s never too early to think ahead to next season when they’ll be one (or two) sizes bigger. Mountain Warehouse has crazy deals on everything from waterproof jackets to packable ponchos. Save up to 80% off kids outerwear at Macy’s during their Black Friday sales.

Costumes for next year. Score off-season deals on next year’s Halloween costumes to really same some extra cash. Cute options on sale at Amazon! (Don’t forget to size up!)


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