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When to Buy for the Best Deals from January through June

I don't advocate buying stuff that you don't need. However, if you've researched an item and determined that it is needed and/or will enhance your life, then I do advocate saving as much money on your purchase as possible.
So you've done your research and you know what you plan to purchase. When is the best time to buy to get the best deals? You might just find that consulting your calendar will help you get the best deals. Certain times of the year or even days of the week can be ideal to shop for specific items.
Because I am such a bargain shopper, I decided to consult Consumer Reports and other consumer websites to figure out what to buy when. In this post I'll cover the months in the first and second quarters, then will follow up in a subsequent post in June to cover the month in quarters three and four (July December).
Houses and condos If a homeowner has their home for sale during the winter months, it usually means there's a need there to sell.
Winter clothing after-holiday sales make January a prime month for bargains on clothing, coats, and more.
Digital cameras new models are announced in January, so the previous versions may be steeply discounted.
Bedding and linens January "White Sales" date back to 1878 when a Philadelphia department store discounted his bedding linens, and the tradition caught on and continues to this day.
Indoor furniture new furniture hits showrooms in February and August, so January and July are the best months to get good deals on current inventories.  
Homes and condos see January for details
Sports gear and running shoes In February and March, stores discount last year's shoes. Try to buy sports fear a couple of months before the season starts.
Swimwear Many stores will have carryover from the previous year and mark down at the first of the season in February or March.
Bicycles In February and March bike sellers look to clear out last year's models, much like auto dealers do in the fall.
Humidifiers Consumer Reports says to buy humidifiers during the coldest time of the year: February.
Bicycles see February for details
Swimwear see February for details
Sports gear and running shoes see February for details
Televisions The fiscal year for Japanese companies ends in March, that month and April offer some great deals.
Camping equipment Camping season begins in early-to-mid March where you can find great early season deals.
Winter clothing look for deals on cold-weather clothes when the temperatures begin to rise.
Televisions see March for details
May and June
Not much happens in May and June other than stores still clearing out cold-weather clothing.

Good Days to Buy

Tuesdays - DVDs. New releases come out every Tuesday, and many stores offer discounts if you buy a movie on the first day it hits video.
Wednesday mornings - Airline tickets. According to Consumer Reports, that's when airlines try to fill unsold seats on flights for the following week to 10 days.
Holiday weekends- Appliances. This is when stores bring out their big sales. Even smaller holidays like Columbus Day and Presidents Day can be good time to buy, according to SmartMoney.com.
If you know of other best buying times for products to add to my list, I welcome your comments.
If you'd like to add to my list, I welcome your comments.

posted on: 4/13/2009 10:00:00 AM by Janet Nusbaum, The Organizing Genie
category: Homes

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