Once again Mary Hunt reminds us of those great deals we can get if we just have the patience to wait for the ideal time to lighten the dent in our pocketbook while we stock up.
My husband is a hunter – and loves the snack size candy bars (Snickers, etc.) items loaded with peanuts for a quick energy boost. So this is a perfect time to load up on a few bags before Halloween…and try real hard not to open them until their intended use. A watchful eye and planning can get you a great deal.
Bargains by the Month
Okay, I’ll say a word and you respond with the first thing that pops into your head:
You: White Sales!
Excellent response—the very one I was hoping for to set the tone for this column. It’s important to note that times have changed with these monthly sale guides. In recent years, some of the best sales often take place immediately before the related holiday or season.
Here’s a month-by-month guide for the best times to purchase all sorts of consumer goods:
October. This is the big candy month. Stock up for all your holidays. And it may be a good time to buy a new car, if you must. In October, salespeople are getting nervous about meeting or beating year-end quotas.
November. Turkeys are priced dirt cheap from now through Christmas. So are cranberries and baking supplies. Stock the freezer because a turkey that remains frozen is good for at least a year.
December. Everything you can imagine from toys to computers, shoes to perfume, crystal to party foods, cell phones and baby furniture are on sale in hopes of boosting holiday retail sales.
January. Besides everything Christmas, as well as other “white sale” items like towels and blankets, this is the time to stock up. TVs are priced lowest during the two weeks prior to the Super Bowl.
February. President’s Day is the cue for furniture retailers to offer blow-out bargains, especially on upholstered furniture.
March. Even though it still feels like winter, home improvement centers haul out air conditioners in March and put them on sale. And March is National Frozen Food month, so plan to fill your freezer.
April. Home improvement items like flooring, house paint and gardening supplies are good buys now. And eggs—both chocolate and fowl. Think: Easter.
May. Mattresses and box springs are highly promoted from late May to early fall. This is when retailers get support from the mattress manufacturers in the form of advertising and special offers. Memorial Day weekend is the signal for big-ticket items like major appliances to go on sale.
June. If you’re not too picky, this is a great month to buy a wedding dress. What hasn’t sold gets highly discounted in anticipation of a new season of bridal wear. Home tools and hardware, dairy foods (yep, it’s National Dairy Month) and menswear are the hot items for June, too.
July. Electronics, including air conditioners (what’s left by this time in the season) and ceiling fans; craft supplies, summer clothes, shoes, swim wear and barbecues are bargains this month.
August. Outdoor furniture, now marked down, is taking its last breath as the season winds down. Fresh produce is cheap this month as are school supplies and pre-season fall fashions. And white sale items are now offered routinely in August. My grandmother would be happy.
September. Golf clubs are a bargain this month along with canned goods, scooters, bikes and … houses. Home sellers who were unsuccessful in selling during the summer are anxious to move before Christmas. Now they may listen to your ridiculously low offer.