This Week in Money News: What to Buy in November

How the election will impact your portfolio, what to buy this November and how to save money on holiday travel— it’s all in this week’s top stories from around the web.

8 Things to Buy and 5 to Skip this November: “November is a popular month for shopping, mainly because some of the year’s biggest sales happen during this month thanks to Black Friday. But not everything is a deal this month. Dealnews, a site that scours the web for great sales, shares the best deals to expect this month and what you should wait on.” – Savvy Sugar

How Will the Election Impact Your Portfolio?: The U.S. elections are just around the corner. On November 6, not only will we decide who gets to occupy the White House for the next four years, but also the composition of the Senate and the House of Representatives where any new policies will have to be validated before they come into law. As election season moves into the final frenetic weeks, a great deal of analysis will be served up by the chattering classes about what it all means—and how these outcomes could impact the health of your portfolio. Should you heed the advice of those who tell you to start loading up on stocks, or putting your money under the mattress and hiding in the closet, or buying enough gold bars to fill up your garage? – Jemstep

11 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel: “The holiday season isn’t just about shopping and gifts; a great deal of travel also takes place during this time of year. Unfortunately, holiday travel can get expensive fast—faster than the wrapping paper flies off those gifts. These 11 tips will help you keep your travel spending under control.” – Wise Bread

What to Do with a Windfall: “Perhaps three or four times a week, a reader will email me asking what they should do with a sudden windfall that they’ve inherited, whether it’s from a deceased relative, lottery or gambling winnings, or some other source. Almost always, their goal is to keep the money safe for the short term while also earning some level of return on that money while it’s safe. It is very rare for a person asking this question to have a clear short-term goal – if they did, they wouldn’t be asking the question.” – The Simple Dollar

Mutual Mooching: How My Community Saves Me Money: “One of the greatest assets in my life is a priceless community made up of my friends, family, and other community members. My community is greater than the sum of its parts. Saving me money is just one benefit. Mutual mooching.” – Get Rich Slowly

After Hurricane Sandy: Public Insurance Adjusters can Streamline Big Claims: “As homeowners assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy, many will be facing the process of filing insurance claims as they try to recoup from the historic storm. Navigating the claims process — understanding what a policy covers and how much of a cash payout should be expected — can be overwhelming, especially after experiencing a natural disaster. One option is to hire a public insurance adjuster (PIA), a licensed middleman who works on your behalf to help determine what you’re owed and who works with your insurer to make sure you get it.” –