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Large Appliances– During the holiday months, some stores keep older inventory and then reduce the leftovers at the beginning of the year. Purchase in January to take advantage of reduced prices.
Calendars – Calendars are a popular Christmas gift. January marks the month when sales drastically decrease. Wait a little longer to get your calender and you’ll get a better deal.
Carpet and Flooring– Many Americans make home improvements before the holiday season, so prices are sometimes increased. Wait until January and save when prices have been lowered to move inventory.
Furniture and Home Decor– Typically, new furniture arrives to stores in February or August. Expect price cuts and great sales in January and July. Also many people re-decorate in January when they want a new look for the new year, catch all the resales and discounts at large retailers selling off last year’s looks.
Linens and Bedding- John Wannaker made January THE month to purchase new linens and bedding. In 1878 he started the marketing strategy of having “The White Sale” at the beginning of the year. Still today retailers honor and follow his strategy.
Christmas Cards– You can find excellent deals on Christmas cards in January. You can expect discounts up to 80 percent off, as retailers want to get rid of the leftover inventory from the Holiday Season. If you have a place to store them, and won’t forget about them over the year, this is the best way to get the nicest Christmas cards for the lowest possible price.
Outdoor Gear– Retailers clean out the old and bring in the new of these items in the month of January.
Office Furniture– Office furniture stores have deals in the times surrounding the launch of new businesses – January and after tax season.
Perfume- We know you love smelling nice, but if you want to smell nice for less, avoid the holiday and valentine’s day fragrance rush. You’ll see much better prices in January or after February.
Men’s Fall Suits (and other fall clothing)– January brings sales on fall suits. Off-season buying = big savings!
Video Games and Toys–New games are usually released in November and December, to be on the market in time for the holidays. In January and February prices will start being marked down, especially on older games. Also the toy departments that overstocked for the holidays will be selling off the extras.
Winter Coats and Clothing– Wait a little longer after winter hits and you’ll get a better deal. Since winter coats take up so much floor space, later in the winter, when its time to make room for spring clothes, these will be on sale.
Motorcycles– Because of the cold, very few people are thinking about buying a motorcycle. No one dreams about riding in the low temperatures, snow or ice. This is the time to buy a motorcycle.
Wrapping Paper- After Christmas sales are the best time to buy wrapping paper of all sorts, and get it for a fraction of the pre-Christmas cost.
Swimwear- Stores are quickly trying to get rid of last year’s styles and this section will be deeply discounted. Bonus, buy now and start a fitness program to fit into your suit when spring comes!
Fitness Equipment– With New Years resolutions in full swing fitness equipment, DVDs, and gym memberships will be lowering prices to entice you to stay committed to your weight loss goals.
Seasonal Produce– Citrus fruits, Broccoli and Cabbage
Boats– Winter time or the early part of the year leading up to spring is your best bet for buying a boat. If you purchase between January and March, you won’t have to pay as much as dealers won’t bundle boat show prices into the final cost of the boat.
Cameras– With the release of the new models in January & February, best prices are found on older models in this month.
Home Theaters– The Super Bowl brings out the best deals on both big-screen TVs and home theatres.
Prom Dresses– Buying your prom dress now will ensure that you get the best deal, as new designs to be released are just around the corner in Spring. Buying this early ensures that you have plenty of time to make alterations should they be necessary.
Video Games– January and February are the best times to buy and get the greatest deals on video games, as manufacturers release their newest games in November & December in time for the holidays. If you wait until January or February, then you’ll get discounted prices.
Weddings- Want to save some money on your wedding? Get married in winter. May-September is the peak wedding season, so any of the winter months will provide the opportunity to negotiate lower prices on wedding venues and services, since the demand won’t be nearly as high.
Seasonal Produce– Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and papayas as well as broccoli and cauliflower.
China and Flatware– You can get great deals on the previous seasons’ patterns in March and after Christmas.
Frozen Foods– It’s National Frozen and Refridgerated Foods Month! Founders of this event encourage retailers to lower prices and offer coupons on these items this month. Be on the lookout!
Gardening Tools– You can save up to 50 percent on shovels, hoes, rakes and other gardening tools from February to April.
Perfume- Another slow month for fragrance. Take advantage of the sales to give as gifts later in the year.
Seasonal Produce– Broccoli, Lettuce, Pineapples and Mangoes
Cruises–If you’re the type of person who can take an on-the-fly vacation, booking a last minute cruise in April can save you lots of money. As always, off season vacations save you money, although you do sacrifice weather sometimes.
Cookware- Some stores run sales on cookware in early summer because it is a popular gift for newly weds and graduating college students.
Electronics and Televisions- Spring and summer is the best time to buy electronics, as the Japanese fiscal year is ending. Most electronics companies release their new models after the new fiscal year, so old models are reduced in price.
Office Furniture- Office furniture stores have deals in the times surrounding the launch of new businesses – January and after tax season.
Sneakers- Spring time brings out the committed runners, and sneaker makers are well aware of this. Deals and coupons are more available in April.
Snowblowers- Who needs a snowblower in the middle of the springtime? Not many people. Which is why you’ll get the best deals this month instead of waiting until winter.
Vacuum Cleaners– The introduction of new models in time for spring cleaning will result in lower prices on older models to make room for the new.
Cookware- Early summer is a time when some stores run sales on cookware because it is such a popular gift for newlyweds and graduating college students.