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When to Buy Certain Items

  • CBS News has a great list of when to buy certain non-grocery items (i.e. electronics) during the year. You may be a little surprised that Black Friday isn't always the best time to buy TVs and other electronics!

January:
Linens (it's white sale season)
Christmas cards
Wrapping paper
Furniture (new lines arrive February at Crate and Barrel)
Air Conditioners
Gas Grills
House
Bicycles and other fitness equipment
Carpeting
Digital Camera

February:
Weddings (May-Sept is peak season. Honeymoon cheaper, too)
Home theaters (Super Bowl sales)
Bikes (new models are released this month and in March; get old ones)
Boats (better prices to clear docks for new models)
Tools
Chocolate

March:
Video games (new titles come out Nov and Dec; cheaper by now)
Gardening tools (plan ahead for gardening season)
Luggage
Frozen Foods
Boats
Winter Gear

April:
Cookware and kitchen accessories (sales for graduates and newlyweds now)
Electronics (Japanese manufacturers release new models; old models marked down)
Televisions (ditto)
Office furniture (home businesses often start up after Tax Day, so there are deals for the higher traffic)
Used cars
Car accessories and parts
Fabric

May:
Vacuum cleaners (new models come out after spring cleaning)
Snow blowers (of course)
Winter coats (of course)
Mattresses and box springs (new models on their way)
Patio Furniture
Bottled Water
Party Supplies
Cookware
Vacuums

June:
Gym memberships (January is worst: resolutions and weather)
Hardware/Tools (Fathers Day sales)
Paint (people paint during hottest days, ergo, lots of competition)

July:
Heating items/oil for your home
Furniture (second wave of year's new product arrives August)
Suits (spring suits on sale)
Appliances (Fourth of July weekend sales)

August:
Computers (back-to-school volume creates deals)
Lawn mowers (peak season is passed)
Swimsuits (same reason)
Laptops

September:
Patio furniture (it's big, and Walmart and Target need to make room)
Houses in the suburbs (school will have started-most people move by then)
Shrubs, bulbs, trees (that you can store until spring)
Wine (latest vintages are coming out)
Cars (weekend mornings)
Lawn mowers
Canned goods

October:
School supplies (clearance)
Cars (dealers are clearing lots of old models)
Big appliances (washers, dryers: new models rolling out now)
Jeans (post back-to-school)
Car accessories and parts
Cookware

November:
RVs (dealer clearance, and owners sell them before winter)
Outdoor and camping equipment
Black Friday biggies: electronics, appliances
Candy (post-Halloween)
Aluminum Foil
Cookware
Wedding Dresses (November 15-December 24)
HDTVs and Home Theater systems (November 15 - January 31)

December:
Air conditioners - in summer, people pay up to alleviate the misery, but in winter, stores can't move them
Champagne (lots of stock for New Year's)
Wedding dresses

  • Airplane tickets: on Wednesday about 21 days before your flight.
  • Clothing: Thursday evenings, 6-8 weeks after the item has arrived in store.
  • When to buy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in your area, GO HERE OR August