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When is the best time to buy things?

Updated on January 9, 2013

Timing your purchases can save a lot of money - A month-by-month guide to the best deals

Did you know you can save a lot of money just by knowing the right time to buy something?

For instance, digital cameras are competitively priced in April of each year because the manufacturers and stores are in competition to provide the best value for Mother's Day and graduation gifts.

You'll find the best prices on recliners at the beginning of June because of Father's Day, and so on.

January

Just before the Super Bowl, a lot of TV's - especially HDTV's, go on sale to tempt people to have a nice new TV for a Super Bowl party. Also check out March and December for more HDTV deals.

Fitness equipment of various types also goes on sale.

In stores and online, you'll find deals on tablecloths, cloth napkins, table accessories, towels, sheets, pillowslips, all kinds of bedding.

Stock up on holiday items like wrapping paper, ornaments, etc. You can use them next year, and you can find stuff for as much as 90% off the retail price.

New car models, boats.

There are often "White Sales" during the month of January, which help you find the best deals this month on towels, sheet sets, blankets, etc.

Carpeting - Because this is a slow time for carpet retailers, you'll get good prices on flooring.

Winter coats, hats, gloves often are on sale in January, as retailers prepare for spring inventory to arrive.

February

Elfa organizing products go on sale for 30% off each year at the Container Store.

Electronics: You can get a great deal on last year's model as the new models arrive in stores and they have to make room. Check out MP3 players, DVD players, and digital cameras.

Perfumes go on sale because of Valentine's Day competition.

Humidifiers in February and March.

New car models, boats.

Not surprisingly, right after February 14th (Valentine's Day) you'll find certain chocolates 90% off.

Jewelry and Perfume will also be discounted after Valentine's Day. I've also found good deals BEFORE Valentine's Day, since retailers are competing for customers for these items.

Motorcycles, Boats - Because the weather isn't right for these products, it's the best time to negotiate a great price.

March

Coats, boots, most winter wear and gear.

Frozen foods - March is generally "Frozen Food Month" each year, and it's a great time to stock up the freezer! If you are interested in buying ahead to save money, see my page about Stockpiling and you'll never have to pay full price for most things again!March is frozen food month. Great month to stock the freezer.

Boats (January, February, and March)

Luggage - Good prices in March on luggage items. Also typically on sale again in August.

April

Digital cameras again usually go on sale.

Spring clothes start moving onto sale racks, because the next season's clothing starts coming in.

Cookware and vacuum cleaners.

Tires and miscellaneous car supplies.

Footwear

Paint, Wallpaper - Because of stores' competition with each other over your redecorating budget.

May

May is great for:

Picnic supplies, patio furniture, pantry staples, athletic clothing, sport shoes - sneakers, athletic shoes; Cookware - pots & pans.

You may find recliners on sale towards the end of the month, and keep looking for them on sale the first couple weeks of June because they are popular for Father's Day gifts.

Designer clothing - shop for Spring collections around Memorial Day. Other clothing also goes on sale after Memorial Day.

Pet supplies - This is a great month for anything pet related (don't ask me why, I don't know!)

Party/paper supplies - Plan ahead for graduation parties and barbeques. Napkins, cups, paper plates and those sorts of items go on sale usually. Look for coupons to maximize your savings. I love to stockpile these items because they don't go bad. Not only is it great to have paper products for parties, but if the unexpected happens like the county does repair on your water lines, you don't have to worry about dirty dishes piling up.

June

June is the month for swim suits, summer wear.

Tools - drills, saws (Father's Day causes competition on these items between retailers)

Technology - tech gifts like GPS systems

June is Dairy Month so look for lots of good deals on dairy products. Unfortunately, most dairy items can't be frozen, but cheese freezes fairly well. Look for special coupon inserts to match to the sales & stock up.

Recliners often go on sale in Father's Day promotions.

Lingerie: Victoria's Secret has annual sale in June each year.

Dishes - They're on sale this month (probably because of weddings) - great time to buy dishes for yourself or for gifts.

July

Furniture: The new furniture styles/lines come in, and the furniture stores need to move out the "old" stuff. Usually look for this around the 4th of July in the United States for Independence Day sales. Apparently furniture has a lot to do with American liberty. Hmm.

Grill supplies - Not only can you save money on grills (post Father's Day clearances) but you can save on charcoal, lighter fluid, and virtually anything that has to do with grilling.

Gym memberships: Some gyms need to boost their membership at this time of year, when the early in the year fervor of exercise and weight loss has waned.

Clothing goes on sale after the Independence Day in the United States.

Keep your eyes peeled for sidewalk sales at retailers to snag some really rock-bottom prices.

Computers (sometimes)

August

Lawn and garden: Lawn mowers, yard equipment, lawn furniture...patio sets

Home: Air conditioners

Apparel: Fall clothing moves to the sale/clearance racks.

Especially swimsuits. I find them 75% of or more at stores like Target. They need to move that stuff out and it's your gain. Look also for any kind of swimming accessories during August.

School supplies - computers, laptops

Camping equipment, including Lawn Furniture.

Gym memberships.

Computers.

September

Automobiles - Experts recommend shopping for cars on weekday mornings.

Garden: Perennials, shrubs, trees

Bicycles.

Apple iPods - when new versions arrive you can get the older model on sale.

Look for school supplies to be on sale - pens, notebooks, glue, binders, etc. Great deals on most office supplies.

October

Home: Grills, kitchen appliances, cookware, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, dryers

Apparel: Winter clothing - coats, hats, scarves

Look for Jeans especially. The price of cotton rose over 110% in the last year. Expect jeans prices to increase. This is a great time to grab some deals on denim apparel that did not sell during back-to-school time.

Toys.

Lawn mowers - Because the season for yard car is nearing an end in October, the retailers must move all those mowers.

Vehicles - Dealers need to make room for the next year's models.

During the last week of October, look for deals on electronics through December.

November

Televisions, clothing - especially on "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving) Electronics in general.

On "Cyber Monday" (the Monday after Thanksgiving) many stores have great online deals (this is my favorite!)

Wedding dresses between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Clothing after Thanksgiving.

Electronics, through December.

Cookware - Because of the holiday baking season, you'll find good deals on anything relating to cooking/baking.

Toys

December

Toys, electronics (except computers), new models of cars.

Designer clothing & Fall ready-to-wear - the current season clothing up to 40% off.

Champagne

Wedding dresses, before December 25th.

All other clothing goes on sale after Christmas.

Winter coats

Miscellaneous shopping tips

Day of week, time of day, season can all make a difference

Tuesdays: new release CD's and DVD's.

Wednesday mornings: Airline tickets, buy 14-21 days before flight date.

All days: Movie matinees are usually before 5 pm.

Groceries: Early morning or late evening for less crowds. Some experts recommend Sunday evenings.

Jewelry: Get the best deals by avoiding Valentine's Day in February and Mother's Day in May.

Gas: Early mornings or late evenings on weekdays.

Appliances: Best to buy during holiday weekends. Experts said September and October are the best months. Based on this, Labor Day weekend is probably the best to buy appliances. But if you can't buy during Labor Day weekend, experts also said that minor holidays like President's Day also offer good discount opportunities on appliances.

Air conditioners - buy in winter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good research, I am surprised this lens is not getting enough attention it deserves.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow great info... I never realized it made such a difference to time purchases... other than boxing day of course...

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