I was just reading the Consumer Reports magazine and saw the interesting chart they have in it for the best time to buy items throughout the year. I thought I would pass it along to you.
Remember, as they say, the “best time to save money isn’t generally when you will find the best selection”. I also think that you have to shop out of the box-style and buy when the items are cheapest, not necessarily when you need them. Like buying a winter coat when Winter is over or buying a lawnmower when Summer is past. However, sometimes it is best to shop at the height of the season because of the sales be offered by the stores.
It’s like buying groceries to save lots of money. My friend Treasures says, “buy what you need when you don’t need it” meaning, buy the groceries when they are on sale and when you have a coupon, not when you are out of that item and desperately need it. Of course, if you need it then buy it but if you can plan your shopping trip then wait until the items are on sale, just like this list suggests.
January: bedding, carpeting, computers, cookware, linens, swimwear, toys, treadmills, winter clothing
February: humidifiers, indoor furniture, treadmills and exercise equipment
March: digital cameras, humidifiers, all kinds of electronics, Winter coats and sporting gear
April: computers, digital cameras, lawn mowers
May: athletic clothing and shoes, carpeting, cordless phones, lawn mowers, small electronics
June: camcorders, carpeting, computers, indoor furniture, swimwear
July: camcorders, indoor and outdoor furniture, swimwear
August: air conditioners, backpacks, dehumidifiers, lawn mowers, outdoor furniture, snow blowers
September: bikes, digital cameras, gas grills, lawn mowers, shrubs, trees, and perennials, small electronics, snow blowers
October: bikes, computers, digital cameras, gas grills, lawn mowers, and winter coats
November: baby products, bikes, camcorders, gas grills, toys, TVs
December: bikes, camcorders, gas grills, home appliances, toys, TVs
I am sure there are more things you could think of to add to this shopping list. What is the best time of year to buy? When there is a sale I say.