CHEAP 101: Shopping by the Season and Month

Generally, clearance sales for spring and summer merchandise occur in June and July, whereas sales for fall and winter merchandise fall between September and December January As soon as possible after the holiday season. Finding the best deals when shopping is a wonderful feeling. So here’s a primer on when to buy a variety of big-ticket items if you’re wondering if you should buy certain items now or wait until later. there are some months that are better than others for certain purchases.

White sales, fitness gear, electronics, bedding, pillows, calendars….
In January, department stores have “white sales” with deep discounts on bedding and linens. Equipment for working out. Retailers know you’re trying to get in shape. Look for fitness gear and apparel sales at sporting goods stores. Televisions and electronics. TVs and other home-theater essentials are normally on sale just before the Super Bowl. Find great deals on sheets, bed covers, pillows, and pillowcases during annual January white sales. There is an opportunity to take advantage of department store clearance sales when new models of televisions, digital cameras and furniture arrive. Consequently, you are left with perfectly serviceable previous-year models for which you would have paid full price only a few months previously.

Valentine gifts, Presidents Day Sales, Refrigerators, Washing Machines,,,
Love and gifts are in the air, but February might be a better time to buy major items for yourself than trinkets. With seasonal discounts on jewelry and gift sets of perfume and cologne during Valentine’s Day sales, you can also find great discounts on everything from clothing to flat-screen TVs and laptops during the month-long President’s Day sales. Don’t overlook similar savings on larger ticket items such as refrigerators, washing machines, and other major appliances this month.Televisions. January TV sales spill over into February. Aside from Black Friday, this is one of the best times to buy a new TV. Retailers will be trying to get rid of their cold-weather inventory as winter winds down. Look for winter sports gear and apparel deals.
Expect retailers to have home and apparel sales on Presidents Day and the weekend before.

Easter Clothing, Winter Shoes, Tax Prep Items,St.Patricks Day Sales…
March doesn’t have any major shopping holidays, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be sales. Take a look at these products: Winter coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, winter boots, and other cold weather gear can be found at great prices as spring approaches. The annual Easter sales offers savings on children’s clothing, women’s fashions, and men’s suits, shirts, and ties as stores push the first of a new batch of warm weather clothing. Until the end of May, you should continue to look for travel bargains before the summer travel season begins. Software for tax purposes. In March, retailers like to discount tax-prep items ahead of Tax Day in April.
Griddles. You can avoid the price spike when summer arrives by purchasing your grilling necessities in March. What you need for St. Patrick’s Day. Online retailers and department stores usually discount green-themed clothing, party supplies, and jewelry around St. Patrick’s Day.

Office Equipment, Used Cars, Auto Parts, After Easter Stuffed Animals, Candy…
Every year, retailers and restaurants try to make Tax Day easier with discounts and freebies on services such as paper shredding. Look for these around mid-April. Used cars are the big focus this month, so if you’re looking for an alternative to newer, higher-priced models, now is the time to take advantage of even greater savings as used car lots organize their inventory for the warmer weather buying season. The same is true for auto parts and accessories. Graduation season is just around the corner, so be on the lookout for discounts on laptops, cookware sets and essentials for dorm rooms. As a final note, April is also a great time to get a great deal on vacuum cleaners as inventory clearances make way for brand new models that will be released in June. The days after the Easter holiday will be filled with markdowns on candy, plastic eggs, stuffed animals and more.

Memorial Day Sales, Home Appliances, TVs, Electronics…
By May, retailers will discount spring clothing that has already been hanging on racks for a few months. The furniture. Black Friday, Labor Day, and Memorial Day are three of the biggest shopping days. This May, big-box stores will offer furniture and home-decor discounts in honor of Memorial Day. You can expect cushy sales of up to 50% off (coupled with free shipping offers) to entice shoppers. This is also true of home appliances such as washing machines and dryers at stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, which are trying to clear inventory for newer models planned for June. Towards the end of the month, traditional Memorial Day sales begin on Friday and continue through the first official weekend of the summer. For those of you who have been putting off major purchases of electronics, laptops, and flat screen televisions, Memorial Day is the perfect time to check out Dell, Best Buy, and other leading electronics retailers.Small appliances for the kitchen. You can take advantage of May discounts to buy small kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers and blenders. These items are normally included in Memorial Day sales and make great wedding gifts.

Gyms Memberships, Children’s Movies, Wedding Supplies, Cooking Supplies, Treadmills…
Ggym membership during the summer often offer the best deal. Gyms may be eager to sign up new members during this time. Many movie theater chains offer film programs throughout the summer, which usually include cheap tickets to children’s movies.June marks peak wedding season, so many department stores are offering great deals on dish sets, cooking utensils and other home cooking tools, so consider your favorite store’s housewares section as well. If you have been putting off getting in shape, June is the month to buy a treadmill since more people are heading outside to exercise in the warmer weather. You can also look for local gyms that are offering deep discounts on memberships in order to attract new members for the summer.

Clothing, 4th of July Sales, Couches, Patio Furniture, Beach Towels, Swimsuits…
The temperature usually rises in July, but the price of certain items drops. Now is the time to buy clothes if you don’t want to wait for the summer sales. There’s a good chance you’ll find a better price than you would’ve at the beginning of the season. During the days leading up to the Fourth of July, there are usually an abundance of sales on red, white and blue products (and items that are all three colors), as well as sporting goods, jewelry, and furniture. Among this month’s best buys are couches, sofas, dining room and living room sets with savings of up to 50 percent as retailers clear their inventory to make room for the fall. The end of July is also a good time for big savings on barbecue grills and patio furniture as stores prepare for big back-to-school sales in August. Be on the lookout for big 4th of July sales on summer party goods, swimsuits, sandals and beach towels. Many retailers have added Black Friday in July sales to their November sales, including Best Buy and Amazon (which usually offers Prime Day). Expect discounts across the board.

School Supplies, Camping Gear, Backyard Pools, Playground Sets, Summer Items…
With the start of school comes the need to buy small items, such as pencils, and more expensive ones, such as laptops. The closer you buy to the start of the school year, the better your chances of getting a good price.You can also find great deals on camping gear, backyard pools, and yard equipment, lawn mowers, playground sets, swimsuits, lawn mowers and patio furniture.

Leftover Back to School Items, Large Appliances, Mattresses, Labor Day Sales, Shrubs, Trees…
September is a month when you can get great deals on items as diverse as mattresses and back-to-school supplies.As stores attempt to clear their floors of stock at significant savings, this is the time of year when big model appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines are making their debuts. Mattress sales take place every September. These are usually offered by department stores and mattress centers during Labor Day sales. During the week leading up to Labor Day, you can expect several blowout sales on appliances big and small.Additionally, you can find great deals on back-to-school laptops and school supplies during annual Labor Day sales as well as markdowns on shrubs, hedges, trees, and other gardening equipment at garden centers.

Fans, Toys, Candy, Columbus Day…
As the fall foliage season approaches, you can take advantage of some great deals on fans and air conditioners this time of year. When the weather cools, people tend to spend less time outdoors. This means that patio furniture and outdoor living products will be on sale. As stores prepare for early holiday shopping, toys will also be on the bargain menu this month. As early holiday shoppers look to spruce up their homes for the holidays, you will find the best deals of the year during Columbus Day sales on furniture, mattresses and recliners. And don’t forget to take advantage of Halloween sales during this time of year to save money. Keep in mind that the closer it gets to Halloween, the lower the prices will be on costumes, candy, and decorations. Halloween shopping does not have to be expensive.

Black Friday Sales, Tech Products, Jewelry, Clothing, Cyber Monday Sales…
In November, Black Friday sales mean some of the most popular tech products are at their cheapest: Black Friday sales are all about electronics like tablets, laptops and gaming systems. Smartphones and activity trackers are also on sale. On the first big shopping day of the holiday season, you can also expect steep price drops on jewelry, clothing, and cologne-perfume gift sets. During Cyber Monday, the first Monday following Thanksgiving, online shops will offer even bigger savings. Buy your major home appliances on Black Friday – refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc. You can also find deals throughout the month.Home improvement stores offer discount tools, ladders and toolboxes during Black Friday promotions.

Holiday Sales, After Christmas Sales, After Holiday Packaged Gift Sets…
Enjoy the holiday season! Put off holiday shopping until the last minute if you have not already discovered some unusual bargains during annual Christmas sales. Late November’s Black Friday electronics deals will spill over into December. As the holiday season draws to a close, stores usually host big toy sales. Normally, the after-Christmas sales are the perfect opportunity to clean up on Christmas decorations, wrapping, and gift tags so that a full month of finding the best bargains of the year will be concluded. Finally, if you still have extra cash to spend, December is traditionally a good month to shop for current-model cars. Again, timing is essential.