Knowing the Best Time to Buy Can Save You Big Money


best time to buyKnowing the best time to buy is often tied to when retailers are making room for new product models or around seasonal shopping holidays. Shopping for big ticket items  Use the month by month guide below to see when the most popular consumer products are on sale. In addition, here are some shopping tips and strategies that can help save you big money:

 

Shop at the End of the Month or Quarter – Salespeople are often compensated for monthly  and quarterly performance so may be motivated to make a deal to boost their sales numbers.

 

Be Willing to Walk – If your salesperson knows that you are not desperate to make an immediate purchase and are willing to walk away, they may feel compelled to make you a decent deal in order to make the sale. Take a lesson from the best poker players and learn how to bluff! Next time you are negotiating price on a major purchase try it. Get up and thank your salesperson for their time, tell them you are looking for a better deal than the one they have offered, and leave. They may counter on the spot so be prepared with  a response.

 

Bring Price Comparison Info With You – Doing your homework before making a major purchase can save you big money and make the whole negotiating process much easier. Using an app like Red Laser allows you to scan product barcodes in-store and see what other local retail stores and online prices are in your area.  Many retailers will honor these prices however, some retailers like Wal-Mart do not.

 

Look at Prior Year Models – Retailers often offer discounts on older models items in order to make room for newer inventory. Your salesperson may not offer a discount so it is often up to you the buyer to ask.  While you are asking for discounts, why not ask if there are any scratch and dent or floor models available?

 

Best Time to Buy

The best time to buy digital cameras and computers is March and April.  The best time to buy a mattress is February, May and October. The best time to buy indoor furniture is February. and if it's carpet you are looking for the best time to buy is April.

 


 

January

TVs, Winter Clothing, Winter Sports Gear, Bathroom Scales, Bed Sheets & Linens, Gym Memberships, Exercise Equipment, Toys

 

February

Mattresses, Winter Coats, Winter Sports Gear, Humidifiers, Indoor Furniture, President's Day Sales

 

March

Digital Cameras, Exercise Equipment, Chocolate, Humidifiers

 

April

Digital Cameras, Desktop Computers, Laptop Computers, Carpet

 

May

Laptop Computers, Desktop Computers, Mattresses, Baby Products, Interior Paint, Outdoor DIY Home Improvement Products, Memorial Day Sales

 

June

Indoor Furniture, Exercise Equipment, Summer Sporting Gear, Digital Video Gear

 

July

Summer Clothing, Back to School Supplies, Backpacks, Digital Video Gear, Interior Paint, Outdoor DIY Home Improvement Products, Swimwear, Outdoor Furniture, 4th of July Sales

 

August

Gas Grills, Back to School Supplies, Backpacks, Dehumidifiers, Interior and Exterior Paint, Air Conditioners, Snowblowers, Summer Clothing, Exterior and Interior Paint

 

September

Lawn mowers and tractors, Exterior and Interior Paint, Snowblowers, Computers, Printers, Carpet, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs, Digital Cameras, Labor Day Sales

 

October

Digital Cameras, Laptop Computers, Desktop Computers, Mattresses, Lawnmowers and Tractors

 

November

Major Appliances, Kitchen Cookware, Clothing and Handbags, Kids Toys, Tablet Computers, Small Consumer Electronics and Accessories, Small Kitchen Appliances, TVs, Online Streaming Media Services, Thanksgiving Day Sales, Black Friday Sales

 

December

Kids Toys, Tablet Computers, Major Appliances, Clothing and Handbags, Small Consumer Electronics, TVs, Holiday Sales

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2 Responses to Knowing the Best Time to Buy Can Save You Big Money

  1. Dannielle @ Odd Cents 09/07/2016 at 3:29 am #

    Like I always say… “Timing is everything.” I’ve never thought about there being best times to buy certain things. I always believed the best time to buy anything was around major holidays or when a business was closing down. Thanks for this information.

    • Paul 09/08/2016 at 8:21 pm #

      When I was negotiating the price on my last auto purchase, I got up from the table, thanked the salesperson for their time, and started to walk towards the door. He countered with the offer that I was looking for. Sometimes it pays to walk away from an offer!

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