Month-by-Month Guide for the Best Time to Buy Everything

Some of the most common smart shopping advice is to buy products off season to score the lowest prices. For certain products, this is easy enough to figure out. It’s obvious that fall would be a good time to buy a swimsuit, because it’s after summer and most people won’t need to buy one anymore, but retailers will still have inventory to sell that they’ll likely stick on their clearance racks.

It’s not this clear cut with every type of product, but with this month-to-month shopping guide, you’ll know when you can find the best bargains on just about any type of product.

January

It’s the start of a new year, and January also brings new deals on some big-ticket items. If you want a high-end TV or other equipment for your home theater, you’re in luck, because retailers tend to mark those products down to entice buyers before the biggest television event of the year – the Super Bowl.

Since exercise is a common New Year’s resolution, retailers discount their fitness equipment and gear in January, making it the perfect time to visit your local sporting goods shop.

If you want to get a better night’s sleep, this is also the month to buy your bedding and towels due to the white sales.

Destination travel during the winter months is also a common theme. We have a featured travel deals section where you can search and save up to 25% off on hotels.

Top Items To Shop For In January:

  • Bathroom Scales
  • Ellipticals
  • Linens and Sheets
  • Treadmills
  • TVs
  • Winter Sports Gear and Clothing

February

Those TV deals from January often continue into February, which means you still have time. They may not last the entire month, though. If you want a TV, try to make it in to the store or purchase yours online as early in the month as you can before all the deals are gone.

Since winter is coming to an end, stores want to sell all their cold-weather products. This is a great time to get winter clothes for next year or items for winter sports, such as a new snowboard.

Home products traditionally go on sale on President’s Day weekend, along with the Monday that President’s Day falls on.

Top Items To Shop For In February:

  • Humidifiers
  • Mattresses
  • Winter Sports Gear and Coats

March

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If you need anything for the summer, March is the time to get it. Golf clubs, in particularly, are usually available at lower prices in March than any other month. Retailers will have them in stock for less because

there isn’t much demand. Another popular summertime item, the grill, will also be cheaper now than it is in the months to come.

Although March doesn’t have much in terms of big shopping holidays, it is when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Products with a green theme, such as apparel and party supplies, will be available for reasonable prices.

Top Items To Shop For In March:

  • Boxed Chocolates
  • Digital Cameras
  • Ellipticals
  • Humidifiers
  • Treadmills

April

The deals available in April allow you to go for a flashy purchase or something a bit more practical.

The flashy option is to purchase new jewelry for yourself or that special someone. April is far enough from the major holidays that stores lower their jewelry prices to drum up more interest.

The practical option is getting yourself a nice new vacuum. Spring cleaning sales are common at department stores and through many of the popular vacuum manufacturers. Other cleaning items, such as mops, will likely be available at lower prices, too.

Many businesses, including retailers and restaurants, have special bargains available in mid-April for tax time. Some people are short on cash because they've had to pay their tax bill, and those businesses want to keep customers coming in regardless of that.

Top Items To Shop For In April:

May

Those spring cleaning deals from April will continue into May, which means you can still find a low price on supplies to keep your home looking and smelling fresh.

The best time to shop in May, if you don’t mind crowds, is at the end of the month for Memorial Day. Along with Labor Day and Black Friday, this is one of the biggest shopping days (and weekends) of the year. Retailers will have blow out sales for all kinds of home décor and furniture, making this the perfect time to buy a new sectional or Ottoman.

Remember that appliances are part of those Memorial Day deals, as well. Coffee makers, blenders and other items for the kitchen will be available at a discount.

Top Items To Shop For In May:

  • Baby High Chairs
  • Desktop and Laptop Computers
  • Interior and Exterior Paints
  • Mattresses
  • Strollers
  • Wood Stains

June

Since Father’s Day is in June, you can expect deals on gifts for dad. As this is also the beginning of summer, more people will be signing up at the gym to work on their beach bodies. Gyms will be competing for those potential customers, giving you the opportunity to get a bargain, especially if you negotiate a bit.

Victoria’s Secret does its big Semi-Annual Sale this month and December. There’s no better time to shop for lingerie.

Top Items To Shop For In June:

  • Camcorders
  • Ellipticals
  • Indoor Furniture
  • Summer Sports Gear
  • Treadmills

July 

The best deals on clothing occur at the end of summer, but you can also find some discounted clothes in July, since it’s not the beginning of the season anymore.

One recent trend among major retailers is Black Friday in July. Amazon and Best Buy have both gotten on board with this, and although many products get discounted, it’s an especially good time to buy your personal electronics.

Amazon has their annual Prime Day Sales in July as well where you can benefit from huge price drops on Amazon devices and other products. With the retail power that Amazon it ends up being a massive sales event that nearly all retailers end up attempting to match. Be sure and check out our Amazon shopping guide to be sure that you get the biggest savings from shopping at Amazon.

With the 4th of July right at the beginning of the month, retailers drop prices on patriotic gear. It’s also a good time to buy sporting goods.

Top Items To Shop For In July:

  • Camcorders
  • Decking
  • Exterior and Interior Paint
  • Siding
  • Summer Clothing
  • Wood Stains

August  

The end of summer brings plenty of deals with it. Clothing, especially swimsuits, will be marked down. The start of the school year means lower prices on school supplies, and the prices tend to get lower the longer you wait. Just make sure you get your supplies before everything is gone.

Outdoor equipment often costs less in August. Considering how much lawn mowers and tractors cost, it’s worthwhile to buy them this month, when you could pay a lot less.

Top Items To Shop For In August:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Backpacks and Back to School Goods
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Snowblowers

September

Labor Day comes around right at the start of September, and as we mentioned earlier, it’s a big weekend for shopping. The two product categories that you’ll see discounted the most are appliances and mattresses, which means you may want to pay a visit to your local mattress center or department store.

September is also when Apple has its annual keynote, and that’s often when it announces the latest iPhone. Once word of a new model gets out, last year’s iPhone sees a sizable price drop. If you don’t care about getting the most recent iPhone, then September is the best time to buy one.

Top Items To Shop For In September:

  • Desktop and Laptop Computers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Interior and Exterior Paint
  • Lawn Mowers and Tractors
  • Printers
  • Snow Blowers

October

With the weather getting colder and winter fast approaching, demand will be low for outdoor furniture. If you need something for your backyard or patio, you should definitely try to buy it in October.

Stores get their jean shipments towards the end of summer and the start of fall, but they don’t start marking jeans down until this month. There won’t be quite as much available in terms of selection, but the prices will be a lot lower.

Halloween at the end of the month means that stores will be selling plenty of candy and costumes. The closer you get to the holiday, the better the deals will be.

Top Items To Shop For In October:

  • Desktop Computers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Gas Grills
  • Lawn Mowers and Tractors

November 

Shopping in November revolves around one event – Black Friday deals. There are huge discounts on just about everything on the Friday after Thanksgiving and the weekend that follows. On the Monday after, retailers also have their Cyber Monday deals.

If you’re going to spend part of your holiday braving the crowds, you should make it worthwhile by getting a big-ticket item, such as a tablet, laptop, home appliance or video game console. Keep in mind also that there may be markdowns throughout the month at some stores, not just on Black Friday.

Top Items To Shop For In November:

  • Camcorders
  • Gas Grills
  • GPS
  • TVs
  • Special marks go out to nearly everything this month with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday, and Giving Tuesday

December

There will be deals aplenty with Christmas coming up, and since this is such a big holiday for kids, retailers stock up on toys. As the holiday gets nearer, expect to see prices drop on toys and other popular kids’ gifts.

If you want to have your Christmas décor ready for next year, the time to shop for it is after Christmas, when you could get 50 percent off or more.

The tail end of the month is also when you can get a new set of wheels at a steep discount. Car dealerships want to close out their years strong and hit their quotas, which means they’ll be even more eager than usual to sell you a car. Be ready to negotiate and you could save thousands.

Top Items To Shop For In December:

  • Blu-ray Players
  • Camcorders
  • E-book Readers
  • Gas Grills
  • GPS
  • Headphones
  • Kitchen Cookware
  • Major Appliances
  • TVs