Buying Christmas lights and decorations around Christmas is probably the worst time to buy them.
Same thing applies for other seasonal items.
Did you know you can save a crazy amount of money if you wait around and buy things at the right time? People wait all year for Black Friday before getting a new TV and for good reason.
If you know you can save money then you might as well try to save it.
This post is meant to provide you with the ultimate guide on when to buy specific items at their lowest price.
The When to Buy Guide
Sometimes it makes sense to buy things 6 months before you need them and other times you should buy them right before the event.
It all depends on the items and it can be hard to keep track.
This guide will help make your purchasing decisions a bit easier along with helping you plan accordingly for the future.
Time to load up on fresh sheets and linens as stores hold their White sales.
Because the Super Bowl can happen either in January or February depending on the year this might also be the time to stock up on the chips and dips.
And don’t forget this is the best time to start buying Christmas cards and decorations. This seems crazy as Christmas is 11 months away but best to get it out of the way now at a cheaper price then scramble later.
Planning on getting married anytime soon? Look for deals on wedding décor at this time too.
January is the season for New Year’s resolutions so gym memberships are usually offered at a discount in January.
It might be too late to get warm with Winter time ending but now is a great time to buy Winter coats and clothing so you’ll be ready for next Winter.
Ignore buying stuff for Valentine’s Day. The stores know you’re desperate and will overpay.
Instead, wait till after Valentine’s Day and get perfurme gift sets and candy (mmmmmm, candy) at reduced prices.
Watch out for retailers’ President’s Day Sales!
I wouldn’t have known this one if someone hadn’t told me but March is the best month of the year to buy small electronics.
Because it’s also the month when a lot of the new versions come out, meaning companies need to offload the old stuff.
If that’s okay with you then expect heavy discounts on year-old technology.
Stores are putting luggage and golf clubs on sale right now in preparation for vacation season coming up.
Wedding season is fast approaching meaning items usually reserved for wedding gifts go on sale as well.
- Household items
You don’t have to go to a wedding to benefit from wedding prices.
If Easter decorations are your thing then wait till after Easter is over to jump on the awesome sales on candy (mmmm candy) and baskets.
Depending on where you live now might be when garage sales start to pop up and people are looking to offload a ton of items.
If you find the right sale you can discover some absolute bargains.
With Cinco de Mayo occurring early in the month now is the time to get great deals on drink mixes (margaritas baby!), tortillas, salsa, peppers, and chips.
After drinking all of those margaritas, buy a new mattress so that you will have somewhere comfy to rest your sleepy head. Mattresses are on sale during this time.
Once Father’s Day passes you can look at ties, tool sets, boxed aftershave sets and greeting cards.
If you love soda and condiments then this is your month. 4th of July sales brings heavy discounts on soda, burger fixings, condiments, and utensils.
Another great thing about July is that this is a time when almost all stores decide to have major sales.
Christmas in July is where they try to unload inventory to make way for the new stuff.
As Summer is winding down it’s also a good time to be on the lookout for swimsuits.
Say bye-bye to Summer goods.
Summer clearance sales are happening all over. Flip-flops, sunscreen, pool toys, grills, patio furniture and anything else related to Summer time.
School is about to start as well so you can find great deals on back to school supplies.
Summer deals on school supplies are great. September clearance sales can be even better.
This is also the time to keep an eye out on Labor Day sales.
More summer-end sales will have bicycles and lawn mowers at deep discounts.
October is a weird month.
Home appliances and computers usually go on sale during this month as manufacturers begin to introduce brand new models.
Another month for you to stock up on that terrible candy.
If you don’t mind your Halloween costumes and decorations being a year old then this is also a good time to pick them up.
Baking supplies (flour, sugar, butter, etc.) and bakeware (baking sheets, cupcake bans, etc.) are on sale now too. This is a great opportunity to help stock up your pantry on these non-perishable food items. Check out my How to Stock Your Pantry post to find out how to save hundreds of dollars a year just by having a properly stocked pantry!
Of course, with November comes the biggest sales day of the year, Black Friday.
Black Friday is then followed by Cyber Monday.
There are just too many deals to list in this space during this 4-day span but it’s always a good idea to have a nest egg prepared to seize the opportunity to buy a lot of discounted items at this time.
TVs and electronics are cheapest this time of year, especially during Black Friday sales.
Look for discounted grocery items after Thanksgiving and look for discounted holiday decorations right after Christmas.
Champagne is also on sale in preparation for ringing in the New Year.
Planning Ahead Is Key
As you can see there is something to keep an eye out for every single month. If you want to save money you have to prepare or else you will be paying premium prices at the wrong times.
Make sure to watch store ads for their holiday sales year round. When we were buying furniture for our house, we would buy 1-2 items every holiday until we moved in and ended up getting some amazing deals. The furniture store even let us wait to have the items delivered until we were actually in our new house. Holiday sales are usually paired up with free delivery. (In case you were wondering, the furniture store that I am referring to is Nebraska Furniture Mart. They have locations in Omaha, NE, Kansas City, KS, and The Colony, TX. They are known for their quality products at reasonable prices!)
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