Shop Year-Round and Save Money

by Lynn B. Johnson on April 29, 2009

CalendarAre you one of the shoppers out on December 24  every year, grabbing whatever you can to assuage your loved ones’ needs for heartfelt gifts? Yes? Then it’s quite possible that you’re paying too much!

Retailers generally follow a sales schedule that stays the same every year. If you can adjust your shopping schedule to a year-round approach, found at the end of this article, I guarantee you will save money.

Sometimes this has to do with season-end clearance sales: Looking for an air conditioner? Search in August. Shrubs and trees? September. Other sales occur during standard holidays. Found out that your college roommate is getting married? May and June are great months to purchase small consumer appliances (panini grill, anyone?). When I decided it was time to upgrade to a flat-screen TV, I bought one in February, the week before the Super Bowl – that’s when every TV in the nation is on sale.

Ultimately, whenever you go to a shop, keep an eye out for things your hard-to-please gift recipients would appreciate. And, should you happen to see a number of items on sale that you think would be suitable for the next birthday, bar mitzvah, or bachelor(ette) party you attend, by all means, take an extra 15 minutes to look around to see what else you might be able to find for your nearests and dearests. I will never forget the October afternoon when I went to Big Lots for some dish soap and walked out with two carts full of Christmas gifts, including beautiful boxes of 24 blown-glass ornaments each for $4.00 a box. That was a very good day.

Going to New York City? Don’t miss this calendar, which tells you when your favorite stores are most likely to slash prices. (You’ll probably want to call first to make sure they’re still in business, but that’s beside the point.)

Of course, don’t just buy stuff to buy stuff; that just costs you money in the long run. Instead, when you see a bargain, consider which of the folks in your group would consider it a perfect gift. You’ll be remembered fondly next time it’s your birthday!

Here’s a not-so-quick rundown of what to buy, when:

  • JANUARY
    Appliances
    Baby carriages
    Bedding and linens
    Books
    Carpets and rugs
    CDs and DVDs
    China and glassware
    Cookware
    Costume jewelry
    Fall clothing
    Furniture
    Holiday items (cards, wrappings, home decor)
    Houses and condos
    Linens
    Lingerie
    Men’s overcoats
    Pocketbooks
    Shoes
    Stop-smoking aids
    Swimwear
    Toys
    Treadmills
    TVs
    Winter clothing

 

  • FEBRUARY
    Air Conditioners
    Art supplies
    Bedding
    Cars (used)
    Curtains
    Furniture
    Glassware and china
    Housewares
    Houses and condos
    Humidifiers
    Lamps
    Men’s apparel
    Radios, TV sets, and stereos
    Silverware
    Small consumer electronics
    Sportswear and equipment
    Storm windows
    Toys
    Treadmills
    Valentine’s for next year

 

  • MARCH
    Boys’ and girls’ shoes
    Computers
    Garden supplies
    Housewares
    Ice skates
    Infants’ clothing
    Laundry equipment
    Luggage
    Ski equipment and other winter sports gear
    Televisions
    Winter coats

 

  • APRIL
    Digital cameras
    Fabric
    Spring clothes
    Hosiery
    Lingerie
    Painting supplies
    Women’s shoes

 

  • MAY
    Cordless phones
    Handbags
    Housecoats
    Household linens
    Jewelry
    Luggage
    Mothers’ Day specials
    Outdoor furniture
    Rugs
    Shoes
    Small consumer electronics
    Sportswear and athletic shoes
    Tires and auto accessories

 

  • JUNE
    Bedding
    Boy’s clothing
    Consumer electronics and computers
    Fabrics
    Fathers’ Day specials
    Floor coverings
    Furniture
    Lingerie, sleepwear and hosiery
    Men’s clothing
    Summer sporting gear and swimwear
    Women’s shoes

 

  • JULY
    Air conditioners and other appliances
    Bathing suits
    Children’s clothes
    Computers
    Electronic equipment
    Fuel
    Furniture (indoor and outdoor)
    Handbags
    Lingerie and sleepwear
    Luggage
    Men’s shirts
    Men’s shoes
    Rugs
    Summer clothes
    Summer sports equipment and athletic apparel

 

  • AUGUST
    Back-to-school clothes and supplies
    Bathing suits
    Camping equipment
    Carpeting
    Computers
    Cosmetics
    Curtains and drapes
    Electric fans, dehumidifiers, air conditioners
    Furniture (outdoor)
    Furs
    Lawn mowers
    Men’s coats
    Silver
    Tires
    White goods
    Women’s coats

 

  • SEPTEMBER
    Bikes
    China and glassware
    Computers
    Fabric
    Fall fashions
    Gardening tools
    Gas grills
    Hardware
    Lamps
    Paints
    Pool & patio furniture
    Shrubs, trees, perennials
    Small consumer electronics

 

  • OCTOBER
    Bikes
    Digital cameras
    Fall Merchandise
    Fall/winter clothing
    Fishing equipment
    Furniture
    Gas grills
    Lingerie and hosiery
    Major appliances
    School supplies
    Silver
    Storewide clearances
    Winter coats

 

  • NOVEMBER
    Baby products
    Bikes
    Blankets and quilts
    Boys’ suits and coats
    Cars (used)
    Computers
    Gas grills
    Lingerie
    Major appliances
    Men’s suits and coats
    Shoes
    Toys
    White goods
    Winter clothing

 

  • DECEMBER
    Bikes
    Blankets and quilts
    Cars (used)
    Children’s clothes
    Christmas tree ornaments
    Coats and hats
    Computers
    Holiday cards/seasonal gift wrap
    Men’s furnishings
    Resort and cruise wear
    Shoes

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