This is definitely my favorite time of year. I just love getting together with family and friends over the holidays and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Who could forget those wonderful Christmas Eve nights as a child at grandma's house, opening gifts next to the fireplace?
Do you know what else comes this time of year? Yep, it's holiday shopping season. Two of the biggest shopping days of the year take place after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Black Friday used to mean climbing out of bed at 2 a.m. and standing in line, waiting for your retailer of choice to open its doors. Then you had the feisty crowd to deal with. You'd be lucky to get out of there unscathed let alone actually getting your hands on the best deal the store was offering. Yikes, no thank you!
I have good news. You don't have to wait for some of those Black Friday sales. There are great offers online that are already available.
That's why you need to know about the best Black Friday deals you can get from Amazon right now.
TCL 32 inch Roku Smart LED TV
Television technology keeps getting better and better. Screen sizes can be massive these days and the latest and greatest trend comes with spectacular picture from 4K technology. If you're interested in one of those, click here to find the best 4K TV on a budget.
But let's be honest, you don't need a 75-inch 4K television in every room of your house. Think about your kitchen and guest bedrooms. Wouldn't it be nice to have televisions in those areas without breaking the bank? Now you can!
Amazon has a 32-inch TCL Roku Smart LED TV on sale as part of its early Black Friday deals. It's been discounted and is priced at just $169.99, which includes free shipping.
If you've been paying attention, you know that Kim Komando has been talking about TCL on her show. She said, "TCL has a steep hill to climb to be No. 1, but it's the fastest-growing television brand in the United States."
This particular set has smart functionality that offers access to over 4,000 streaming channels featuring more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV. (Psst! If you're thinking about cutting the cord, click here to see our comparison chart on streaming service channel line-ups.)Buy from Amazon
All-new Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)
Have you gotten yourself a smart speaker yet? These handy gadgets connect to voice-controlled smart assistants that can help you with multiple tasks. You can listen to music, control smart appliances and lights around your house, find recipes to help cook wonderful family meals, and so much more.
The Amazon Echo connects with Alexa and is super helpful. First generation Echos would have set you back nearly $200 for just one. Now, the all-new 2nd generation Echo is priced at just $99.99 and comes with free shipping.
Making this an even better value is Amazon's early Black Friday deal. If you purchase three Echos, you will save an additional $50. You can put Echos all over your house, or give a couple of them away as gifts. There's never been a better time to enter the smart speaker era.
The all-new Echo (2nd Gen) has a new speaker, new design, and is available in six styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices and more - instantly. With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction - even while music is playing.Buy from Amazon
ILIFE Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Don't you just love it when technology makes life easier? That's exactly what this ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner does.
It has a three-step system with strong suction that provides thorough and concentrated cleaning. This helpful device automatically starts on its scheduling program and returns to the docking station to recharge when its battery runs low.
There are multiple smart sensors to avoid bumping around or falling off stairs. The A4s even cleans under beds, along the walls and around the clutter.
This unit is normally priced at $299.99, but Amazon has it as part of its early Black Friday deals for just $199.99, which includes free shipping. That's a terrific $100 savings that you can use to pick up some stocking-stuffers for the kids.Buy from Amazon
LEGO Creator Vacation Getaways
If you're looking to spread some joy to the little ones for Christmas, you can't go wrong with some old-school LEGOs. These toys have come a long way since I was a child and are a little more expensive than I remember. But don't worry, Amazon has you covered.
This LEGO Creator Vacation Getaways set normally sells for $70. During Amazon's early Black Friday sale you can pick it up for just $48.99 with free shipping.
Your kids or grandkids can use the set to build an opening camper with a fold-out awning, a trailer with a motorboat, a picnic table and chairs, and so much more. It comes with nearly 800 LEGO pieces and is recommended for children 9 years and older.Buy from Amazon
Garmin vívosmart HR Activity Tracker
It's never too early in life to start thinking about your health. In fact, it's better to know what's going on at an early age, so you can make changes before it's too late. That's why activity trackers are so popular these days.
This Garmin vívosmart HR activity tracker is perfect for health-conscious people of all ages. It displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed and activity intensity. You can even receive text, call, email, calendar and social media alerts on the tracker.
The tracker reminds you to stay active with move bar and vibration alerts. It's compatible with most Apple, Android, and Windows smartphones.
It is normally sold on Amazon for $150, but during its early Black Friday sale you can pick it up for just $79.99 with free shipping. That's almost 50 percent off!Buy from Amazon
Those are just a handful of the available deals. Click here to check out all of the early Black Fridays deals on Amazon. Don't wait too long, they'll be gone before you know it.
Speaking of holiday shopping, here are 3 sure-fire ways to save big money online
It's never too early to prepare. Yep, I'm talking about Christmas shopping. Our goal this year should be to try and get ready for Christmas before Christmas Eve. This means we need to start holiday shopping ASAP. So if you're not willing to brave the crowds at the mall, I'll show you ways you're guaranteed to get good deals online.