Have you finished your back-to-school shopping yet? If so, you probably were amused — or maybe excited — to see that not only are Halloween costumes and candy already on display but so are some stores’ Christmas decorations!
Whether you keep a holiday tree up all year ‘round, or you think August and September are too early for goblins, let alone elves, you are probably aware that at certain times of the year, you can snag great discounts on seasonal items. For example, now is the right time to save big on bikinis, beach towels, and barbecue accessories.
Want some insider tips on the best times to buy just about everything? Keep reading to learn some tricks of the retail trade that will help you keep your budget in check but still nab some great stuff!
Start the Year Off with White Sales
January has been a good time to buy linens since 1878. That’s when merchant John Wanamaker tempted weary shoppers to return to his department stores during the post-holiday slump by providing deep discounts on bedding.
The white sale, as it became known, remains a retail tradition. Major department stores and websites often offer up to 80% off sheet sets, comforters, duvet covers, pillows, towels, and tablecloths.
Outfit Your Home During Three-Day Weekends
Need a new mattress, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer, or dining room set? Appliances and furniture sales are typically held on minor holidays and three-day weekends: think Labor Day, President’s Day, and so on.
Experts also advise that new styles of furniture are released twice annually: February and August. So the preceding months, when salespeople are motivated to clear out the old inventory, are a good time to shop for sofas, invest in a new bedroom suite, or check out a patio furniture sale.
Electronics and Tech? Think Fall
If you are hankering for a new laptop, television, or smart home device, your best bet is likely to be in the fall, but you’ve got two shots at scoring a great deal. One is back-to-school time. Manufacturers are courting the college-bound shoppers (and/or their parents) to invest in technology, so they offer some pretty low prices.
Next is Black Friday. Often, retailers try to lure in potential shoppers by offering a “doorbuster” price on a high-ticket item like a flat-screen TV. But if you’d rather not head out to the mall directly after Thanksgiving dinner or take your life in your hands, you’re likely to get a similarly good deal at some point during the next week.
Cyber Monday, which for many websites now stretches over several days, and even the entire holiday shopping season is an ideal time to scour the web for bargains. Or be smart and let a price-drop app or extension do the trawling for you.
Plan Ahead for Jewelry
Before any big gift-giving occasion when you might choose jewelry for a girlfriend, wife, or mother — Christmas and Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day — expect prices on jewelry to go up. That means you will want to plan ahead not only if you’re going to be popping the question, but also if you just want to buy a nice pendant or tennis bracelet for the woman in your life.
This mostly applies to traditional jewelry stores, but you can find tremendous bargains as well as more unique pieces if you shop indie outlets like Etsy, local boutiques, artisan jewelers, or even antique shops for baubles.
For Toys, There Are Last-Minute Deals
The 10 days leading up to Christmas are the best time to strike if you need to stock up on toys and games for a little one — like the holiday season isn’t stressful enough, amirite parents? If you’re willing to brave the mall, however, you can score big.
Plenty of Moms (and Grandmas!) shop all year long for the holidays, which is a smart move if your budget allows for it. Save even more by stocking up on science kits, art supplies, activity and coloring books, puzzles, and other creative-kid stuff at big box craft stores that offer 40% off coupons. (Protip: having a stash of these on hand ensures you always have a gift ready to go for birthday parties!)
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