Of course not.
If you’ve already digested your Thanksgiving meal, you didn’t do it right!
Or maybe you’re the only person who actually did do it right. I’m not sure — I’m still sleepy from all the tryptophan.
Ready or not, this morning marks the beginning of the most hectic, frenetic and (for some) fun shopping season of the year.
It all starts with Black Friday.
By the time you read this, most of the advertised doorbusters at Walmart, Target and Best Buy are probably gone.
But that doesn’t mean all the good deals are gone. There are plenty of bargains that don’t require fighting a stampede.
And many of them dovetail well with our unconventional interests.
So let’s take a look at some of the best deals out there right now.
First up for the collectors out there, this Canon DSLR is $500 off at Best Buy (if still available). While most people don’t think about it, having a nice camera like this helps set your items apart when you go on eBay or another marketplace to sell.
Photos matter. A lot. Which means your camera does too.
Google’s Nest Thermostat is available for $70 off, plus you get $45 in Kohl’s Cash, at (you guessed it) Kohl’s.
Thanks to its AI and ability to learn your schedule, the Nest Thermostat can help you save money by turning down the heat or air conditioning when no one is around and pumping it back up just in time for your return home.
This is the rare purchase that will pay for itself over time.
HotDeals has assembled a number of Black Friday deals available on Sideshow — a site dedicated to collectibles, most especially comic action figures and statues, along with art prints.
If that’s your bag, you probably aren’t going to find a better price this year (or next). And if it’s not your bag, Sideshow has deals on gift cards as well at the time of this writing.
Love your cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin and ether? Here are a ton of deals related to the crypto market — from subscriptions to hardware to special limited-time cashback offers.
Right here you can find a number of deals on various types of jewelry made of or with precious metals and stones. Of course, jewelry often makes for a nice gift — and, in this case, can double as a nice investment.
Just remember — precious stones like diamonds are usually marked up around 10 times when sold to the retail market. So you’ll fare a lot better with a gold ring, for instance, than some diamond earrings.
Careful with this one — it has tons of deals on collectibles. Most, however, won’t increase in value. They’re aimed at true fans who just want to own their own Iron Man action figure, for instance.
But with a little digging, you could find a true rarity — or soon-to-be rarity — that’s a worthy investment.
Apmex has a whole host of Black Friday deals on almost everything having to do with precious metal. We don’t usually recommend Apmex on these pages — our partners almost always have better prices with better service — but these Black Friday deals are the exceptions that prove the rule.
Most items sold directly by the U.S. Mint are ripoffs… But on occasion, you can find something that will wind up being rare and valuable. Or maybe you truly want to celebrate whatever is being commemorated.
In either case, now’s the time to make that investment — there are deals aplenty for the holiday season.
Of course, there are thousands more deals out there for you to explore today (and through the weekend plus the coming weeks).
Try to avoid buying the gift no one wants and grab something that will actually increase in value — to give something of a double gift.
And try not to get caught up in the shopping mania of the season.
After all, you want to have some money left over to make the truly great investments that will come available once this fever breaks.
Editor-in-chief, Unconventional Wealth
P.S. Whatever you buy this Black Friday — and throughout the shopping season — you deserve to get the best deals possible. That means discounts upfront and rewards on the back end. Here’s a list from one of our partners of credit cards that offer the best rewards — because your giftees shouldn’t be the only ones getting something this holiday season.
Ryan Cole is the editor-in-chief of Unconventional Wealth. He’s been covering the alternative investment space for nearly a decade and writing about finance and investment for almost 20 years.
Ryan has walked the walk for years, living a very unconventional life. He’s led snowmobile tours through the mountains of Colorado, settled in Japan for five...