The Best Months To Buy Things In 2011

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You can save a lot of money if you buy things when they’re off-season. So if you are planning a big purchase, you might want to hold off for a few months. Here are the best things to buy throughout the year…

First Quarter (Jan/Feb/March)

The Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011

  • Gas grills & air conditioners: They’re obviously off-season, but it’s not like “next year’s model” will be remarkably better or different.

January

  • Bicycles & Sporting Goods: Not only is it prime off-season pricing, you’ve got the attention of salespeople who think they’re talking to someone who’s for real about their exercise.
  • Furniture: It’s both a lull and a changeover for the showrooms, so find that dining room set and haggle.
  • Digital frames: Hey, where’d all last month’s buyers go? Pick up the leftover stock on the cheap.
  • Carpeting: Most people are focused on holidays, not renovations, and it’s before the big tax rebate buying season.

February

  • Tools: The kinds with batteries and cords and lots of warnings, because their makers put on a big push.
  • Chocolate (after Feb. 14): Because, well, you know.
  • Digital cameras: The newest models are out, fresh from the trade shows, so anything left over goes cheap.

March

  • Luggage: Halfway between buying seasons, stores eager to move.
  • Frozen foods: Goofy, but it’s “National Frozen Food Month.” And you can buy and freeze.
  • Winter coats & sports gear: Winter fun season is coming to an end. Where to find end-of-season goods? Try commenters’ suggestions.
  • Boats: It’s the end of boat show season; you’ve got the upper hand.

Second Quarter (April/May/June)

The Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011

  • Televisions: Japanese manufacturers’ fiscal years end in March, so old inventory must go to make the cut.
  • House (for availability): It’s a tricky thing, house buying, but if you do it early enough to see how the house survived winter, but not at the height of warm-weather open house season, a good deal can be found.
  • Boots & winter wear: Nobody’s buying, except your think-ahead self.

April

  • Cruises: Cruise lines are moving ships around the world this month; Book and travel short-notice this month; they’ll be happy to have passengers. (via BKIM).
  • Car accessories & parts: Prime car-fixin’ season is coming up, so old inventory must go. Commenters point out best spots for online car parts.
  • Laptops: Might be inventory, or some other reason, but laptops go cheap this time of year.
  • Fabric: Craft stores are shifting from heavier winter fabrics to lighter spring stuff.
  • Cookware: Graduations are around the corner, so get in on that going-away gift sale (and consider buying stainless).
  • Vacuum cleaners: The new models arrive in June, so this here is clean-out time.
  • Sneakers: Spring has sprung, charity races are plenty, and sneaker makers are targeting less serious runners.

May

  • Patio furniture: New stuff hits the floor, old stuff needs to go. Also check your local garage sales.
  • Party supplies: Whether or not you’re hosting a graduation party or early-spring picnic, stock up now for later.
  • Cookware: Graduations, weddings, and cheaper goods at both the high and low price points.
  • Vacuum cleaners: Just like last month, clearing out old models before June roll-outs.

June

  • Gym memberships: Nobody’s making resolutions, and it’s nice weather out. Get your haggle on.
  • Tools (June 1-20): Father’s Day sales don’t require birth certificate proof, now, do they?
  • Suits (June 1-20): Same as with tools: fathers need suits, but so might you, as JCMasterpiece tells it.
  • Dishware: Like May, June is a wedding month, so dishes are cheaper, whether or not you’re registered.
  • Off-season sports gear: If you support a team, now might be the time to show it, as college and pro gear for most sports is off-season.

Third Quarter (July/Aug/Sept)

The Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011

  • Big appliances: Showrooms are moving out last year’s models, making room for new stuff, and all the scratch-and-dent pieces that are totally operational are offered at deep discounts.

July

  • “Older” computers: As in not just arriving. Intel and AMD and system makers start ramping up for new stuff now, discounting old stuff.
  • Furniture: Stores make an inventory push, so if you like something, make an offer.
  • Broadway tickets: It’s off-season for NYC tourism, so now’s the time to snag those half-off tickets. StubSearch.com’s CEO agrees.
  • Grills (after July 4th): Wait for it, wait for it … now, grab that grill, while stores shift toward back-to-school and yard gear.

August

  • Older computers: Same as July; newer stuff is on its way.
  • Laptops: Big-box stores and direct retailers want everyone going back to school to tote a laptop.
  • Outdoor toys & camping equipment: They take up lot of space, so as the season ends, stores want rid of them—at 65% off, even.
  • Kids’ clothing: Don’t have kids? Buy gifts, or surprise a nephew/niece, maybe.
  • Wine: Small-run, eclectic wines can be found early in the harvest, often cheaper.
  • Linens & storage containers: For the college crowd, but we all occasionally need to tuck stuff away and cover a bed. Macy’s, for example, has deep sales.

September

  • Cars: It’s the sweet spot between two years’ inventory. Watch a car you like on the lot, come in later to make an offer.
  • Wines: As with August, but September is more of the traditional wine-buying season.
  • Laptops: More back-to-school discounts.
  • Holiday airfare: You’re about eight weeks out from Thanksgiving, so it’s a good time to buy those air tickets.
  • Grills & lawn mowers: Stores are moving ‘em on out and making room for colder-weather gear.

Fourth Quarter (Oct/Nov/Dec)

The Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011

  • Shrubs, bushes, bulbs, etc.: If you have a cellar or other area to store plants over the winter, you can jump in now and get these items, plus ever-plant-able bulbs, very cheaply.

October

  • Jeans: Whatever jeans they couldn’t sell for back-to-school, it’s yours now, just cheaper.
  • Cookware: Is October too early for holiday deals? Is cookware a gift? Manufacturers and retailers offer a resounding “yes.”
  • Health insurance: You may not really have another time to buy it, if you’re employed full time. During open enrollment, look around and see what’s new in the offerings.
  • Toys and games: Sales are often offered to kick-start the holiday season, but maybe you, too, enjoy a good video game or board game.

November

  • Candy: Post-Halloween glut.
  • Aluminum foil & plastic wrap: Weird, but true.
  • Cookware: Early holiday sales make it just a bit cheaper.
  • Wedding dresses (starting Nov. 15): As with next month, it’s a slow season, and just before cutesy Christmas engagements.
  • HDTV & home theater gear: From now until after the Super Bowl, the gear is new and the prices are relatively good.

December

  • Wedding dresses (and other wedding gear): Few are buying, but many to-be-marrieds are arriving after Christmas engagements. Move the price around to your liking.
  • Tools: Winter home repairs are less appealing, but just as viable in most cases—and the tools are cheaper.
  • Champagne and sparkling wine: Believe it or not, this is both the time it’s prevalent, and the time to buy it.
  • HDTVs and home theater equipment: The deals are a bit better in January, but now is a good time to look before the big push in spring.
  • Off-color cars: Fancy a purple, orange, gold, or other off-color ride? You can probably get it for a steal right now as a year-end write-off for the dealership.
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