Use our guide to help you plan your shopping around the best sales of the year.
Don’t you hate it when you finally decide to spring for a big purchase, only to see it turn up for a cheaper price a couple months down the road? One excellent way to avoid this all-too-common problem is to strategically plan your shopping to coincide with the biggest sales of the year. We’ve compiled a guide to help you navigate seasonal sales and find the best time of year to buy just about anything.
What to buy on sale every month of the year
Certain months of the year can be a better time to make a big purchase than others. For some seasonal items, try to plan ahead far enough in advance if you can to shop in the “off” season. Take a look at some of the best times of year to find what you need on sale:
January is typically a good month to buy bedding and linens from department stores like Kohl's, Macys and JCPenney. You might also be able to find deep discounts on fitness equipment, since most of us vow to get in shape this month. Finally, be on the lookout for discounted TVs and other entertainment essentials towards the end of the month right before the Super Bowl.
April can be a good time to buy jewelry since it’s not close to any major holiday. Many stores also slash prices on laptops, cameras and carpets this time of year.
Need a new air conditioner? Try to hold out until August, when end-of-summer sales are in full blast. You’ll also find discounts on patio furniture, swimsuits and lawn mowers.
Look for Labor Day sales on major appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, stoves and dishwashers. September also happens to be when Apple’s annual Keynote takes place, so look for discounts on iPhones this month.
November is one of the biggest shopping months of the year, thanks to Black Friday sales. Plan to buy big-ticket items like TVs, appliances, laptops and cell phones this time of year. In China and other parts of the world, Singles Day is also celebrated in November, so you might find deals even before Black Friday hits.
In many countries, Boxing Day is another huge shopping day. On December 26th, look for discounts on clothing, home and beauty products, electronics and Christmas decorations.
Looking for something specific? Here are the best times of year to buy some of the most popular items.
The best time to buy:
When is the best time to buy airline tickets?
Experts say that if you want to get airline tickets on the cheap, the best time to book your flight is 50 to 100 days beforehand and aim for finalizing your purchase on a Tuesday around 3 p.m. Why? Airlines release their weekly fares on Tuesdays around 3:00, so there are more seats available during this time. That means that airlines will compete by lowering prices to earn your dollar.
When is the best time to buy appliances?
Memorial Day, Labor Day and Black Friday are the three best times of year to buy appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and washers and dryers. So plan your appliance upgrades for May, September or November.
When is the best time to buy a boat?
The fall and winter months are usually the best times to buy a boat. As with cars, dealers want to clear the old stock at the end of the year to make room for new models. If you’re buying from a private seller, the fall is also a great time to snag a deal because most sellers don’t want to have to worry about prepping and storing the boat for the winter.
The same goes for buying kayaks and canoes. Sellers usually want to unload them before the winter hits.
When is the best time to buy a car?
If you have a little wiggle room and don’t urgently need to a buy a new car, try to wait until the fall, right before next year’s models arrive. Dealerships often hold sales in order to make room for the new stock.
You can also usually find better deals on cars if you shop towards the end of the month, when dealers are looking for a quick sales boost before rolling into the next month.
One last tip is to try to do your car shopping during the week, rather than on weekends, which are usually busier and therefore tend to have less buying incentives.
When is the best time to buy carpet?
Late-spring and in the winter after the holidays are the two best times of the year to buy carpet. These are the slower seasons for most carpeting and flooring retailers.
When is the best time to buy a cell phone?
If you’re looking for a new iPhone, just about the only time of year that they ever go on sale is in September, when the new model is introduced at the annual Keynote. For other phones, look for sales and special offers during Black Friday sales in November.
When is the best time to buy an engagement ring?
Finding the best time of year to buy an engagement ring can be a bit tricky. It’s a known fact that most engagements take place between November and February because of the obvious holidays that fall within this window. However, the “sales” that a lot of brick-and-mortar jewelry stores run during these months are sometimes just a ploy to get you in the door. You may have better luck planning to buy the ring in the summer.
If you’re shopping online, however, the story is a little different. Online jewelry stores often do offer their best prices November through February in order to compete with brick-and-mortar stores during peak engagement season. With fewer, if any, overhead costs and less inventory, online jewelers typically have more wiggle room for sales.
When is the best time to buy furniture?
If you’re looking for deals on patio furniture, shop August through October. Some retailers have deals on office furniture in April around tax day, and you might also be able to save on other indoor furniture when back-to-school deals roll around in August and September.
When is the best time to buy golf clubs?
March is a great time to buy golf clubs if you’re in the market for some new ones, since it’s before golfing season kicks off. Again, if you miss this deadline, try to wait until after the season closes again to snap up a deal on close-out seasonal items.
When is the best time to buy a grill?
Try to plan your grill shopping for March or October. These months sandwich the heart of outdoor picnic season, so the best sales are going to be these times of the year. The absolute worst time to buy a grill is in May around Memorial Day, because retailers know consumers will pay top-dollar for a grill this time of year so they can have it in time for the long weekend.
When is the best time to buy a hot tub?
The fall and winter months are known for pool and hot tub sales, primarily because most people are done thinking about outdoor activities for the year. This is also when retailers want to get rid of the rest of this year’s models to make way for next season’s merchandise to roll in.
When is the best time to buy a laptop?
There are a few times of year when laptops, MacBooks and other computers typically go on sale: around tax day in April, during “Christmas in July” sales, the back-to-school rush in August and September and in November for Black Friday.
When is the best time to buy a lawn mower?
Lawn mowers are a big purchase that’s best left until around October. This is usually a slower time of year for retailers selling yard and outdoor items, so they’re more likely to slash prices once peak grass-cutting season is over.
When is the best time to buy luggage?
March is one of the best times of year to buy luggage. Not only are stores gearing up for spring break and summer vacations, but they’re also looking to clear out old suitcase models to make room for the new styles coming in.
When is the best time to buy a mattress?
Mattresses are usually at their cheapest during holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. If you’re looking to buy a mattress online, try to hold out for big online shopping days like Cyber Monday and Boxing Day.
When is the best time to buy tires?
April and October are the two best times of year to buy new tires. April is National Car Care Month, plus it’s also right before the big traveling season starts in the summer months. Similarly, many stores run deals on tires in October to encourage consumers to get their vehicles ready for the winter.
When is the best time to buy a TV?
The best time to buy a TV is usually in November during Black Friday sales. If you miss this mark, though, look for TV sales to drop again at the end of January and beginning of February in time for the Super Bowl.
When is the best time to buy winter clothes?
Winter clothes usually go on sale in February, as colder weather starts to wind down and people are starting to get a taste of spring fever.