Shopping for deals can have as much to do with when you buy as it does where. Times when items just aren’t moving off the sales floor is your chance to jump in and probably get a great discount.
Here are some examples of how you can use your calendar as a great shopping planner:
January: a traditionally great time to take advantage of white sales for all your linen and towel needs.
February: you’re inside a lot anyway so why not watch your favourite movies on a new DVD player while everyone else figures out a way to pay those Christmas bills. Other audio and visual equipment like camcorders may also be discounted.
April: if you’ve been dying to get away booking a trip now will save you money since peak season has now passed. Tip: try booking airline tickets early on a Wednesday, that’s when sales are announced.
June: long enough after the ski season and long enough before the next that retailers will want to clear the floor of last year’s models – your chance to update your equipment at a reduced price.
July: when everyone else is outside enjoying the sunshine, hit the stores for items like dart boards, pool tables and board games; next time it rains you’ve got lots to do and now you have extra money to burn at the beach. Also a great time to look at large appliances like fridges, stove and washer/dryers.
August: bride to be? With still so many opting for a Spring wedding, those orders are all complete now and with new dresses coming in for the following season, now’s a good time to buy your dress.
September: with things cooling down outside people focus on their indoor space, a perfect time for you to update your patio set and barbeques.
December: while everyone else is madly managing their Christmas lists and going to parties you can think about doing some home decorating. Carpet retailers won’t be expecting too much business at this time of year so slashing prices might be a way for them to get things rolling.
Now at the end of the year hopefully you have more savings than bills – wishful thinking!