Bargain shopping just became easier, thanks to the help of experts at companies like LifeHack, Free Shipping, and DealNews. According to these companies, there are actually specific months in which it's best to purchase specific items.
From boats being discounted in January since it's off-season to older refrigerators going on sale in May when the new models come out, it's a good idea to keep in mind which months are the best for blowout sales, discounts, and holiday bargains. Read on to get the biggest bang for your buck!
Run To The Gym For A Membership In June
Ironically, the first month of the new year isn't the best time for people to start a new gym membership. Places know that people will flock to their establishment for their New Year's resolution, upping prices and tacking on a new membership fee.
That's why, according to Free Shipping, June is actually the best month to start a new membership. By June, a lot of those resolutions have gone out the window, and gyms need new members, waiving membership fees and sometimes giving the first month away for free!
Vacuums Go On Sale In April, Just In Time For Spring Cleaning
Between dusting rags, cleaning sprays, and mopping supplies, spring cleaning can get weirdly expensive. But one thing that doesn't have to break the bank is a vacuum cleaner. According to DealNews, April is the best month to buy a vacuum, just in time for spring cleaning!
In April, cheap stick vacuums typically run for as low as $10, while select models of the heavier-duty Dyson vacuums go on sale for as low as $150 or less.
Cruises Are The Cheapest In March
"Wave Season," as the cruise industry calls it, wraps up in the month of March, making tickets extremely cheap for anyone looking to go on a quick vacation. According to DealNews, trips to the Caribbean can run for as low as $235 per person.
Even a luxurious journey from New York to the Bahamas for two people can go on sale for as low as $698. Now that's a deal!
July Is A Great Time To Purchase Camping Gear
The middle of the summer is a great time to purchase camping gear, according to DealNews. As the hot months come to an end, a lot of stores put camping gear and hiking gear on major sales, especially during the blowout Fourth of July Sales.
During these sales, gear can be discounted up to 50%. Keep your eyes peeled because in 2020, the outdoor company REI started their sale early, in June.
May The Force Be With You: Purchase Star Wars Merch In May
Considering May the Fourth is officially considered Star Wars Day; it might come as no surprise to learn that May is the best month to buy any and all things Star Wars-related. From toy lightsabers and remote-controlled BB-8 drones to complex Lego sets and apparel, get it all in May.
According to the experts, companies take advantage of May, especially May The Fourth, cutting prices as much as 40%, as Woot did in 2020, on select Star Wars items.
Frozen Food Month Is In March
National Frozen Food Month is in March, making it the best month to purchase all sorts of frozen foods from local grocery stores. According to the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, Frozen Food Month is full of special giveaways and sale items for consumers.
Not only is there a Consumer Sweepstakes worth $10,000, but the association also gives away multiple coupons throughout the month, designated solely to the frozen food aisles.
March Is The Best Time To Buy New Golf Clubs
While the holidays are a great time to surprise a loved one with a new set of clubs, experts actually say two months later is a better option. According to Free Shipping, the best month to buy a new set of clubs is in March.
In March, companies start to restock their inventory with the latest models for the upcoming season. This means all of the out-of-date clubs and bags are put on sale, making it the perfect time to buy!
January Is The Time To Buy Broadway Tickets
The chilly month of January is typically one of the slower months for all of the plays on Broadway. No one is really getting out much. The thing is, for those who are strong enough to brave the cold, it's the best time to buy Broadway tickets.
According to Lifehack, January is a great month to purchase discounted tickets. While the tickets might not be for popular shows such as Wicked, it's a great way to expand your theater experience.
RV Sales Happen In November
For all of those adventure seekers out there, the best month to buy a recreational vehicle is after the season has sailed. According to the experts at Free Shipping, the cooler months, particularly November, is the time to buy.
After the warm seasons have ended, companies look to minimize their inventory by putting older models on mega sales to, hopefully, increase their revenue. It's the perfect time to pack up the family and go on that cross-country road trip without breaking the bank!
"I Want To Ride My Bicycle..." In September
The riding season might be coming to an end in September, but that doesn't mean it's time to close off the idea of new equipment for the coming season. In fact, according to Free Shipping, September is the perfect month to think about purchasing a bike.
With companies looking to swap out the old with the new, last season's model prices are significantly cut, making them very attractive-looking to prospective buyers.
Start The Year Off By Buying Fitness Equipment In January
Surprisingly, some companies cater to people's New Years' resolutions to get fit, putting a lot of at-home fitness equipment on sale during the month of January. According to experts at DealNews, they saw around 50% more deals in January than any other month in the year.
From 20% off select workout items at stores such as Target to around 60% off strength equipment at retailer shops like Dick's Sporting Goods, January is definitely the time to buy fitness equipment.
Boats Are Discounted In The "First Quarter"
For many people, boating in January, February, or March doesn't sound like too much fun. It's way too cold. The thing is, while it might be too cold to go out on the water, it's not too cold to go to the store and purchase a new boat for the summer.
According to Lifehack, those months are the perfect time to purchase a new boat. Not only is it the off-season, but it's boat show season, meaning a lot of luxury models from the previous year will be majorly discounted.
April Brings More Than Showers, It Brings Spring Clothing Sales
According to DealNews, April is the best month to stock up on some new spring apparel. From running shorts and shoes to t-shirts and dresses, the month of April typically sees its fair share of major sales.
Historically, retail shoe outlets such as 6pm will have their merchandise on sale with big discounts, while clothing stores such as Macy's historically cuts their clothing prices down by a startlingly low 60%.
Air Conditioning Units Go On Sale In January, February, And March
Unless a home is full of people who run extremely hot, most people aren't looking to turn their air conditioner on in the middle of winter. Ironically, winter is the best time to purchase an air conditioning unit -- particularly January, February, and March.
According to Lifehack, the first quarter is the perfect month to buy a unit because it's off-season, and a lot of shops are putting older models on sale to make room for the newer models that will come out in a few months.
Halloween Costumes Are Up To 80% Off In November
While many people scramble for Halloween costumes at the last minute and eventually pay way too much money for something they'll most likely wear once, think about taking some advice from the experts. According to DealNews, the best time to purchase a costume is actually after Halloween, in November.
After the holiday passes, many retail stores, such as Walmart, try to get rid of their inventory, knocking up to 80% off select costumes.
August Is The Best Time To Shop For School Supplies
While August is still summer, it's also the month where students need to start thinking about going back to school. And that means shopping for school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, pencils, and maybe a planner.
To save some money, DealNews recommends school supply shopping in August because a lot of states have tax-free weekends. So, save some cash by waving away a sales tax and do school supply shopping in August!
February Is The Time For A New Cellphone...Or Two
Valentine's Day might seem like a strange time to purchase a cellphone, considering that chocolate is typically the big purchase in February. But, according to Lifehack, it's actually the best month to think about buying a new phone.
February is usually the month where companies such as Verizon and AT&T have their mega "buy one and get one free" sale. While it's not exactly a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a two-for-one cellphone isn't a bad option.
March Is The Time To Update Your Travel Luggage
Whether it's packing for an upcoming trip or it's just time to replace that ratty old luggage with something new, keep in mind that the month of March is the best time to buy. According to DealNews, day bags and packs have historically been on sale for as low as $4.
Even two-piece spinner sets go on sale for as little as $88. Make sure to mark a calendar because that's a bargain worth remembering.
October Is The Month For Car Shopping
When it comes to big purchases, it's typically best to wait and find deals. That's why experts suggest car shopping should be done in October. According to DealNews, dealerships look to swap their old inventory out with the new in October.
Prospective buyers can bank on seeing more than one deal pop up across multiple dealerships looking to sell their out-of-date models. Pro tip: for more savings, think about buying at the end of the month.
December Is The Best Month For Buying Gift Cards
For many people, gift cards are an easy go-to holiday gift; thankfully, according to experts, December, the month of holidays, is also the best to purchase these amazing gifts.
According to DealNews, companies such as Pay Pal and Amazon take up to 20% off gift cards' face value to places like Domino's, Panera Bread, and even Petco. In 2020, a $50 Amazon gift card even came with a free $15 credit.
Stock Up On Candy In November
Interestingly, the best month to stock up on candy is after Halloween. According to experts at DealNews, the best time to buy bags upon bags of Snickers, gummy worms, M&M's, and other sweets is actually in November.
Sale stickers are almost immediately slapped on any Halloween-themed candy. So, as long as your sweet tooth doesn't mind eating chocolate in the shape of a bat or pumpkin, then you'll be happy to know stores will take as much as 50% off the price.
Headphones Should Be A December Purchase
When people think of buying pricey headphones, Black Friday is most likely the first day that pops into their heads. It's the day of the year with the most mega sales, after all. Contrary to popular belief, though, November isn't the best month to buy headphones.
According to DealNews, there are many overlooked sales for big-name brands such as Beats, Bose, and Sony in December. Even brands such as JBL are known to go on sale for as low as $20.
Holiday Decor Is Cheap In December, After The Holidays
The best time to buy Christmas decorations is after the actual holiday. For festive bobbles, Santa statues, and even lights, the rule of thumb is to wait until a week or so after Christmas.
According to DealNews, late December is the best time to go bargain hunting for holiday decorations. Some stores, such as Macy's, have been known to take up to 75% of their decorations, just trying to make room for the next holidays right around the corner!
February Has Picture-Perfect Prices For Digital Cameras
For photography enthusiasts, it might be difficult to take the dive and buy a pricey digital camera. The good news is, there is one month out of the year that sees those prices drop a bit.
According to LifeHack, since companies announce new models at the January Consumer Electronics Show each year, the month of February is the time to purchase a new camera. Companies will be swapping out the older models for the new editions seen at the show.
Historically, Furniture Is Put On Clearance Sales In July
For those who want to give their home a little TLC with some new furniture, it might be smart to wait until July. According to experts at LifeHack, July is the month that a majority of furniture retailers have major blowout sales, particularly around the 4th.
Whether it's a new couch, desk, or even a side table and lamp, wait until July for some good clearance items. According to Real Simple, stores will go 30%-60% off select items.
It Is A Smart Financial Move To Buy Beach Gear In August
While beach season might be over for some people when mid to late August rolls around, that doesn't mean next summer's planning can't begin! To start, plan on getting some new beach gear, particularly swimsuits, chairs, and even umbrellas.
According to Free Shipping, August is the best time to grab all of your summer gear; since retail shops are beginning to load up their racks with back to school clothing and supplies, everything summer goes on sale!
Lawnmower Companies Mow Down Their Prices In September
After the warm months pass, one thing that typically gets stored for the rest of the winter is a lawnmower, especially in places where snow is inevitable. Because of this, it's actually a smart idea to purchase a lawnmower at the end of the warm months, in September.
According to experts at LifeHack, stores will put big-ticket items such as lawnmowers on sale to make room on their floor for more winter-related items, such as snow blowers.
March Is A Great Time To Buy A New TV
For a lot of people, they've "made it" when their living room is decked out with a giant television. The thing is, they can get pretty expensive. So, it would be smart to shop for one during a time where they're on sale.
According to Real Simple, the best time to go television shopping is actually in March. Each January, new models are showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show. By the time those new models are shipping, the older editions will be around 15% off.
October Is All About Jeans
In October, the mad rush for back-to-school shopping has dimmed, leaving many clothing items on clearance racks. One item, in particular, is known to go on sale this month: denim.
According to the founder of thebudgetfashionista.com, Kathryn Finney, says, "People are becoming more frugal with back-to-school purchases and, as a result, stores will have excess denim." Stores such as Loehmann's and Marshalls are known to mark down jeans as much as 60% below the retail value.
Save On Outdoor Furniture By Buying It In August
While you might not be able to immediately enjoy it, experts say that the best month to purchase outdoor patio furniture is in August. Everything from individual lounge chairs to umbrellas and even entire patio sets go on sale.
Stores try to move summer products out in August, wanting to use their space for winter-related items. According to DealNews, in 2020, Adirondack chairs were going for as little as $33 per chair!