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A Month-By-Month Guide to Buying

Many of us are resolving to spend less and save more in 2019. Sometimes, the key to saving money is when you shop, rather than where. Whatever your money goal, shopping smart is essential to success. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.

What a lot of people don’t know is that there’s a schedule to follow, as certain products traditionally go on sale at different times of the year. Knowing how to understand sale cycles is the best and smartest way to shop.

The holidays have just passed, and with it January is typically a good month to re-up your bedding and linens from department stores’ white sales. You might also be able to find deep discounts on fitness gear (think kettlebells, yoga equipment), since most of us vow to get in shape this month.

January marks the annual Consumer Electronics Show, so look for discounts on TVs, smart home devices, on existing electronic gadgets and laptops…

Expect Presidents’ Day sales to have home essentials (tools, small appliances, some furniture) and apparel sales on that Monday and the weekend preceding the holiday. It’s a great time to stock up on winter clothing and other cold-weather gear.

Presidents’ Day weekend is also a good time to get a new mattress or to buy a discounted new camera.

Planning to watch the Super Bowl on a new flat screen? TV sales spill over from January in to February. Aside from Black Friday, this is one of the prime times to buy a new TV.

Using tax software is usually less expensive than having a tax professional handle your taxes. Now is the time to purchase software like TurboTax, H&R Block, and more.

If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own boat, the winter boat show season is the time to get a good price on a new boat.

March is National Frozen Foods month. Many stores offer outstanding deals on high-quality meats and seafood to stockpile for the rest of the year. Just make sure you’re storing everything properly.

The weather is beginning to warm up, and with spring break approaching, it’s an ideal time to buy luggage.

Look for Easter sales savings on kid’s clothes, women’s fashions, as well as men’s suits, shirts and ties as stores push the first of a new batch of warm weather clothing.

Get a deal on a new set of golf clubs, as club manufacturers hope to reel in golfers getting ready for the new season. The new models of most clubs arrive on store shelves at this time, which means the previous year’s models are now significantly cheaper.

April is National Car Care Month with deals on car parts and services—many shops have great deals on tires during the spring as they stock up for an expected rush.

Spring cleaning prompts many stores to run sales on cleaning products and vacuums. Maybe it’s time to go robotic?

If you need to finish a home DIY project, Home Depot likes to host its Spring Black Friday event this time of the year.

According to travel booking site Hipmonk, it’s cheaper to book summer vacations in April. Travelers can save around 12%—obtaining airfares for an average cost of $279, depending on the route.

New model refrigerators come out in May, so it’s a good time to shop last year’s models as they’re usually a little less pricey.

May also is a time for discounted athletic apparel and sneakers—just in time for outdoor sports.

With graduation and wedding seasons fast approaching, you’ll find good deals on kitchen supplies, cookware sets and laptops, principally over Memorial Day weekend.

Toward the end of the month, traditional Memorial Day sales begin on Friday and last throughout the first official weekend of the summer. It’s a perfect opportunity to buy small kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers and blenders.

The best deals for gym memberships are in June, when demand is lowest, as people head outdoors to exercise in the warmer weather. It’s also a good time to buy a home treadmill.

For big wedding gift discounts, check out the best registry sites for any June weddings you’ll be attending. Save on purchasing a gift of housewares, dinnerware, and décor.

Check out tool kits and hand tools offered by home mega-centers—they’ll make cool Father’s Day presents.

Summer is a between-season for gift-giving holidays, so expect demand to be low for unique gifts and jewelry.

Put off your home redesign plans for mid-summer, as July is a great month to shop home decor and furniture sales. Overall furniture sales are down in the summer making the discounts go up.

According to data from consumer website RetailMeNot, more stores are offering back-to-school deals in July than in previous years.

Lawn mowers, other seasonal outdoor equipment and gardening items are some of the most deeply discounted items on sale in August.

August is also a great time for all things related to camp and camping—tents, bags, cookware, etc.

As the local pool swim season is winding down, swimwear clearance sales will peak.

The best prices on grills—electric, charcoal, and gas—come at the end of the summer season, not the beginning.

Score a deal on major appliances the week leading up to the Labor Day holiday. Your kitchen and laundry room will love you for it.

Traveling over Thanksgiving? September is the cheapest month to book your holiday flights.

There’s no guarantee, but Apple usually holds their annual keynote in September at which a new crop of iPhones are revealed and demonstrated, and then put on sale a couple of weeks later.

Fall foliage colors are peaking, and so are cool bargains on fans and air conditioners. Toys are also on the bargain menu this month as stores gear up for early holiday shoppers.

Buy Pink. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means your favorite brands are rolling out the pink goods that support the cause. Also, check for free clinical breast exams and mammogram screenings.

In most states, this is the month to take advantage of the fall wine harvest season as wine shops and liquor stores try to clear their inventory with some of the lowest prices of the year on good quality wine vintages.

October is the best month to buy a new bicycle. You’ll also find deals on bike helmets, tires and other cycling-related products.

Get your denim on. Historically, October is one of the best times to find rock-bottom prices on jeans. (The ones that didn’t sell during the back-to-school shopping season in late summer go on sale now.)

Right after Halloween, every store you know is ridding itself of unsold candy at reduced prices.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday has evolved into Cyber Monday Week with deals on tech products, electronics, gadgets, TVs, tablets, cameras and so on. If you play on an Xbox or PlayStation, cyber week is also the best time to get the best deals on consoles, controllers, headsets, VR, and other gaming gear.

If you need a lawyer to handle financial issues, hire one in December—you may be able to negotiate a lower legal fee toward the end of the fiscal year.

According to Consumer Reports, it’s the month to buy a discounted smartwatch. Get one to notify you—via a wireless connection to your phone—of incoming calls, texts, instant messages, and social network updates. They can even perform tasks that don’t require being paired to your phone.

It’s the most wonderful time to buy a car, especially the last half of the month. Dealerships are eager to sell vehicles at quarter-end and year-end to meet sales targets. Though slightly stressful, car shopping in December can mean big discounts.

Beginning the day after Christmas, toys, holiday decorations wrapping paper and ornaments are on deep discount.

Resources: Time, Inc., Finder.com, The PENNY HOARDERsm, Money Under 30, Hipmonk, Inc., RetailMeNot, Inc.