Best Time To Buy
Looking to update your home with some new appliances? Want to spruce up your bedroom with a new comforter? There is definitely a best time to buy.
After the rush of the holiday season, stores must clear the shelves to make space for spring items that are arriving. And big-ticket items that sold well during the winter holidays are often off-season in January. Take advantage of finite space and shop for:
- Toys — leftovers from the holidays
- Winter clothes — making room for spring fashions
- Furniture — new styles ship in February
- Bedding and towels — white sales generally happen around the presidential birthdays celebrated this month
- Video games — new releases came out for the holidays; by now they’re old news, and ready to go on sale
- Boats — new models come out soon and dealers need to clear their stock
- TVs — the Super Bowl is coming, and electronics dealers want to move some older inventory
- Cameras — again, new models are arriving and the old ones should be available at a deep discount
- Frozen foods — it’s National Frozen Food Month! Expect sales and coupons galore
- Luggage — it’s not the summer vacation tizzy, nor is it cruise time or even spring break — it’s off season everywhere!
- Vacuum cleaners — new models come out in June
- Cruises — it’s not a popular time to go, so deep discounts can be found
- Running/sports shoes — sales and coupons abound as sports stores take aim at serious runners
- Refrigerators — new models are released in May
- Mattress sets — as with refrigerators, new models are coming out and the old must go
- Think Father’s Day and beach bodies.
- Tools and hardware — they go on sale in anticipation of Father’s Day
- Gym memberships and home gym equipment — the New Year’s resolution people have finally gotten around to cancelling their memberships and true fitness buffs are outside
- Paint — because who paints when it’s this hot?
- Computers — get ready for back-to-school savings
- As we move from summer to fall, families prepare to send the kids back to school. Just like in January, stores must make space for the next season’s items.
- Back-to-school supplies — yep, they really are a better deal right before school starts
- Swimsuits and summer fashions — fall fashions are already shipping
- Outdoor toys — we’re talking trampolines, swing sets and the like
- New models of bikes, big appliances, and cars are flooding into stores, and the old styles are deeply discounted.
- Outdoor furniture — stores need space to move in holiday items
- Air conditioners — the demand for repairs and installs slows dramatically, to your advantage
- Jeans — jeans generally get a discount in October
- Toys — holiday sales start now; if you can’t stand the crowds, shop early
- Candy — post-Halloween sales are great (if you don’t mind the orange-and-black wrappers)
- Electronics — Black Friday and Cyber Monday: ’nuff said
- Christmas trees — buy before the rush starts December 1
- TVs — probably even better than the February sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are TV-shopping dream dates
- Champagne — after flat sales the rest of the year, suddenly competition turns fierce, to your advantage!
At all times of the year
- Fruits and vegetables — make sure you know what’s in season and when, and buy during those times. They’ll taste better and they’ll cost less too!
- Opposites are ideal — pools and air conditioners in November, snow blowers in summer: this is when you get the deals.