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August is the time to buy… (2012 update)

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There are certain times of the year that are best for purchasing various items, due to various factors. Here are a few to keep in mind for the last month of summer:

Bottled water: With summer picnics and barbecues, stores often drop the price of bottled water. If you prefer bottle water, now is the time to stock up. However, you can save even more money if you buy a filter for your tap or refrigerator and use your own bottles!

Certain fruits: August is a good time to buy blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew melons, lines, nectarines, peaches, Bartlett pears, plums, raspberries and watermelons.

Certain vegetables: August is a good time to buy corn, cucumbers, eggplants, lettuce, and peppers.

Computers: Back-to-school sales often offer the lowest prices of the year. You can sometimes get freebies like printers, too.

Home Décor: It’s wedding season so retailers will offer sales to help shoppers buying gifts.

House paint: More people paint in the summer months, so stores sometimes lower prices and hope you’ll buy other regular-priced things, too.

Jewelry: August (along with January, March, April, July, and September) are non-gift giving months. Retailers are more likely to offer sales during these months to promote business.

MP3 players: Companies sometimes put older models on sale to make way for the newer models they will introduce in the fall. Consumers can try them out and then give them as gifts for the holidays.

School Supplies and dorm furniture: Check out the great deals at various retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Staples, Walgreens, and CVS. Even if you don’t have children in school, some office supplies (which are also used by students) are also sold at cheap prices during this time. See my post “School Supply Shopping Strategy” for tips on how to get the most for your money.

Swimsuits: Stores want to get rid of their inventory, so the prices go way down. You can also update your look just by buying a  new separate to match one you already own (like for two-piece suits). Think about next year for your kids as well. I already bought rash guards for my boys for next year so we won’t have the same stress of rashes from sunscreen/eczema.

If you plan to shop online, check out my “Online shopping tips.”

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July is the time to buy… (2012 update)

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Certain times of the year are the best times to buy various things based on sales and availability. Here is your tip sheet for this month:

Bottled water: With summer picnics and barbecues, stores often drop the price of bottled water. If you prefer bottled water, now is the time to stock up. However, you can save even more money if you buy a filter for your tap or refrigerator and use your own bottles!

Butter and other dairy products: Production is up during this time, so prices are down. Freeze butter or margarine to use later.

Certain fruits: July is a good time to buy apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew melons, limes, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pineapples, plums, strawberries, and watermelons.

Certain vegetables: July is a good time to buy corn, cucumbers, lettuce, and radishes.

Computers: Back-to-school sales often offer the lowest prices of the year. You can sometimes get freebies like printers, too.

Furniture: Retailers are trying to make room for new models which will arrive in August.

Home Décor: With this being wedding season, retailers want to capitalize on the consumers looking for wedding gifts. These sales also help boost traffic in stores to help sell other items they have on display. With students leaving for college next month, you can also find deals on bedding, organizational items, small appliances, etc. (There will be deals on this in August, too.)

House paint: More people paint in the summer months, so stores sometimes lower prices and hope you’ll buy other regular-priced things, too. July is also a good month to entice those people who don’t want to paint in the heat!

Jewelry: July (along with January, March, April, August, and September) are non-gift giving months. Retailers are more likely to offer sales during these months to help promote business.

Outdoor furniture and yard décor: Stores are changing over to the next season’s merchandise and want to get rid of their summer barbecue goods that were great for the 4th of July.

Sandals: Mid- to late-July is when you will see the best discounts on footwear. Sales can even be found on popular brands. Retailers want to make room for their fall items.

School Supplies: Even if you don’t have children in school, some office supplies (which are also used by students) are sold at cheap prices during this time. See my post “School Supply Shopping Strategy” for tips.

Swimsuits: Stores want to get rid of their inventory, so the prices go way down. The prices will get even lower in August.

Suits: Any last remnants of Spring fashions will be on sale. Look for styles that are classic and timeless.

Tools: July is one of the best months (matched only by November and December) to buy tools, especially tool sets, accessories, and tool storage units.

If you plan to shop online, check out my “Online shopping tips.”

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June is the time to buy…

English: Tools Français : OutilsCertain times of the year are the best times to buy various things based on sales and availability. Here is your tip sheet for this month:

Bottled water: With summer picnics and barbecues, stores often drop the price of bottled water. If you prefer bottle water, now is the time to stock up. However, you can save even more money if you buy a filter for your tap or refrigerator and use your own bottles!

Butter and other dairy products: Production is up during this time, so prices are down. Freeze butter or margarine to use later.

Certain fruits: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew melons, limes, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pineapples, plums, strawberries, and watermelons.

Certain vegetables: corn, cucumbers, lettuce, and radishes

Condiments, salad dressings, napkins and other supplies for a barbecue: From Mid-May to early June, companies offer big discounts to help you get ready for summer gatherings. Consider stocking up for a year’s worth of what you need.

Dishware: This time of year is peak wedding season, so retailers want to promote their wares. If you find a pattern to your liking, don’t wait to buy it. Patterns are normally only available for 12 months versus two or more years as they used to be.

Paint: Stores are aware that more people paint during the summer months, so they lower prices to lure you in to the store to buy other full-priced items.

Refrigerators: Stores usually discount existing refrigerators to make room for new models that will arrive in the summer.

Tools: The week before Father’s Day, stores often lower their prices on various tools.

If you plan to shop online, check out my tips “Online shopping tips.”

Sources:
- “Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There” by Mark Di Vincenzo
- Your Month-to-Month Guide to Shopping Deals” from Real Simple Magazine.

 

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