There are great deals throughout the year if you know the best times to buy specific items. Look for deep discounts at the end of each season, just before new models are introduced and during traditional sales events like January white sales. You may not always get the newest products on the market, but you will definitely get money-saving bargains.
For deep discounts on big ticket and home improvement items, here are some of the best times to buy:
- TVs: January, November and December. The best time to buy a TV is during the pre- and post-holiday sales season. With retailers gearing up early for Christmas, followed by Super Bowl promotions, there’s almost no reason to shop any other time for a TV.
- Furniture - indoor: February and June. The year’s trends from last autumn’s High Point Furniture Market are showing up in showrooms and shelter magazines about now, giving fresh inspiration to decorators everywhere.
- Mattresses: February, May and October. After refreshing linens during January’s white sales, you may be questioning the comfort of your mattress by spring. Dealers restock with new models after May. Later in the year, cool autumn nights make cozy beds that much more desirable.
- Ellipticals and treadmills: March and June. By March, New Year’s resolutions have faded and you probably are finding it difficult to hit the gym. Owning your favorite exercise equipment and using it at home can beckon as an easier alternative. The June sales coincide with swimsuit season, in case you need an extra incentive to get in shape.
- Carpets: April and September. By April, after a long, slushy, muddy winter, carpets may need refreshing. By September, tile floors may begin to feel a bit chilly. Floor coverings — wall-to-wall carpets, large rugs or even throw rugs — can solve that problem. As the seasons change, you may find the best times to buy these items.
- Home improvement products - outdoor: May and July. By May, you’re probably thinking about outdoor home improvements, refurbishing decks and walkways or undertaking major projects such as replacing the siding on your house. By July, you realize you’d better start. Major sales often coincide with Memorial Day and Independence Day.
- Paint - interior: May, July and September. Just before the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends, expect significant savings on interior, and sometimes exterior, paint. You can buy ahead for all your summer painting projects, as stores usually are happy to give the cans a thorough shaking before use, even months later.
- Tools: July. Expect tool promotions now that Father’s Day is past.
- Furniture - outdoor: July and August. End-of-season sales on outdoor furniture are a great time to pick up bargains, particularly if you’re flexible regarding styles and colors. Expect further discounts as supplies diminish in August.
- Air conditioners and dehumidifiers: August. Although August is typically the hottest month of the year, it’s also the time when many retailers slash prices in anticipation of cooler weather to come.
- Gas grills: May and August. As summer wanes, you’ll see great bargains on grills in all price ranges. Just be sure to test them this season, while warranties are in effect and returns to local stores are still possible. You may also see some prices dip in May, at the start of grilling season.
- Paint - exterior: August and September. Labor Day, for many, is the last chance to tackle outdoor painting projects. Look for painting bargains in August in preparation for the long holiday weekend.
- Snow blowers: August and September. Nothing makes you wish for snow like temperatures hovering near 100° Fahrenheit!
- Shrubs, trees and perennials: September. Many transplants are most successful during the cool days of autumn. Take advantage of sales during this time to spruce up your winter landscape and prepare your garden for the next growing season.
- Lawn mowers and tractors: September and October. Take advantage of these end-of-season sales for huge savings as retailers clear their inventories. The next planting and mowing season isn’t far away.
- Appliances and cookware: November and December. These are the months to buy large and small appliances as well as kitchen cookware. From washers and dryers to mixers, pots and pans, take advantage of sales before Thanksgiving and deep discounts afterward for some of the best deals of the year. You can also get bargains on cookware in April, in time for graduations and weddings.
When is the best time to buy a house?
While May and June are the the best months to sell a home, the best times to buy are October, December, January and July1. The reason is simple. By July, homebuyers have made their decisions and are preparing for a new school year at a new location. In October, parents are reluctant for their children to change schools mid-semester. Sellers who keep their homes on the market during the November and December holidays tend to be motivated sellers. Knowing these trends helps buyers negotiate the lowest home prices of the year.