When is the Best Time to Buy…?

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Once again the holidays have come and gone and it’s almost a brand new year. Spending money on new purchases is probably the last thing on your mind. However, never fear, because you can plan your wish list around the months of the year. After all, a great bargain never goes out of style. Each month is known for its special deals on different items. According to experts, these deals are based on sale cycles, but some exceptions include fluctuations in prices and a retailer’s inventory. In addition, some products have seasonal specials, as well as being on sale at different times of the year.

January:

  • Holiday Decorations
  • Calendars and Planners
  • Toys
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Televisions
  • Bicycles
  • Houses
  • Small Appliances
  • Air-conditioning

February: President’s Day is a great time for retailers to have sales.

  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Cameras
  • Televisions (especially big-screens)

March:

  • Winter Clothing
  • Luggage
  • Camping Equipment
  • Toys
  • Outdoor Furniture

April:

  • Snow Blowers and Shovels
  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Car Care Supplies
  • Home Improvement Supplies
  • Vacuums
  • Cookware
  • Auto Parts

May:

  • Easter Decorations
  • Grilling Tools
  • Mattresses
  • Pet Supplies
  • Refrigerators
  • Cookware
  • Vacuums
  • Gym Memberships
  • Party Supplies

June:

  • Gym Memberships
  • Tools
  • Dishes

July:

  • Jeans
  • Winter Coats
  • Furniture
  • Party Supplies
  • Grilling Tools

August:

  • School and Office Supplies
  • College Textbooks
  • Kitchen Accessories
  • Pool Supplies
  • Pillows
  • Linens
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Outdoor Toys
  • Outdoor Furniture

September:

  • Computers
  • Swimsuits
  • Pool Toys
  • Summer Clothing and Shoes
  • Large Appliances
  • Cars
  • Trees, Shrubs and Bulbs
  • iPhones
  • Lawn Mowers

October:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Lawn Mowers
  • Patio Furniture
  • Large Appliances
  • Tires
  • Jeans
  • Grills

November: Don’t forget about Black Friday!

  • Flooring and Carpeting
  • Grills
  • Halloween Decorations
  • Cookware
  • Electronics
  • Tools

December:

  • Cars
  • Golf Clubs
  • Gift Cards
  • Computers
  • Cell Phones
  • Flooring and Carpeting
  • Electronics
  • Winter Clothes

Before any shopping trip, it helps to do your research, especially when it comes to making larger purchases, such as digital cameras or cars. Websites, including consumerreports.org and amazon.com are great places to start. On these sites, you can read customer reviews and learn more about the product. There is nothing wrong with shopping around, whether at stores or online. Shopping around allows you to see where you can get the same product for the best price.

Along with doing your research, it’s important to plan things out. Buy a calendar or make a list of when to buy different things. This is helpful particularly for larger shopping trips. A calendar and list are great for keeping coupons in order, too. Coupons are available in the Sunday newspaper, online and through phone apps. Another option is looking at coupons.com for deals. If you are shopping online, search for the store’s name and coupon codes before making a purchase. If you are a frequent shopper at a certain shop, ask about their loyalty rewards program. Most likely they will have one and it will be beneficial to join. Many of these programs give their members special deals and coupons to use. In addition, some programs give a percent back or discount on your purchases.

Try to schedule your shopping trips around holiday and seasonal specials. Holidays, such as Presidents’ Day, Black Friday, and Memorial Day, are known for their big sales and special deals. When it comes to sales, no matter if it is a special time of the year or not, it’s helpful to read the sales advertisements and flyers carefully. The small print could contain information that would limit or prevent a deal. Lastly, the days of the week also play a factor in when products are discounted.

Sunday:

  • Groceries
  • Major Appliances

Monday:

  • Cars
  • Electronics

Tuesday:

  • Movies
  • Airline Tickets

Wednesday:

  • Groceries
  • Jewelry

Thursday:

  • Clothes
  • Handbags

Friday:

  • Gas
  • Accessories

Saturday:

  • Department Store Items
  • Jackets, Coats and Outerwear

Shopping can be fun and hectic, especially when it comes to larger shopping trips or purchasing bigger products. It is important to remember and use some of the tried and true shopping tips. These tips can help take some of the stress out of the adventure. After all, shopping is supposed to be retail therapy, right?

xoxo,

Megan

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Budget-Friendly Holiday Shopping Tips

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The holiday season is upon us! During this time of year, people are making plans for their annual traditions, as well as lists for all the cooking and baking to be done and the gifts to be bought. However, the holidays can also be a time for expenses to rack up, especially when it comes to buying presents for everyone. There is a present for your mom, dad, your child’s teacher, everyone in your book club, your mailman – the list goes on and on. However, there are ways to be budget-friendly during the holidays and still make sure everyone on your gift list is remembered.

First things first – know your budget and don’t overspend. Have a set limit for how much you’ll spend on a certain gift and be sure to keep a running log of all your purchases. Always make a detailed list with the person’s name, how much you want to spend, and what gift you would like to buy. If you are giving presents to a group of friends, such as your kid’s teachers or coaches, think about spending the same amount or gifting the same items. For example, buy items in bulk and divide into individual presents. Think of the idea of nail kits in a mason jar for friends. You can purchase a 12 pack of mason jars at Walmart for around $8.00. Then, go to Dollar Tree and buy a bag of cotton balls (100 count), nail polish, and packs of nail files (4 per pack). If you are making 12 gifts, your overall cost is $24.00, meaning each individual present is around $2.00. Obviously, this will change depending on the quantity of gifts needed, but you get the picture.

Another tip to lessen your holiday spending is by creating DIY presents or by gifting services. Parents, grandparents, and other family members love handmade items. Plus, this is a chance for you and your kids to release your creative side. Some examples are homemade jewelry, paintings and drawings, a cookbook filled with family recipes, a scrapbook filled with family photos, pillows, and more. A quick online search can help you find the perfect idea for your loved ones. Baked goods are another perfect way to spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank. This type of gift is good for when you plan on giving to groups or teachers, mailmen, doctors, veterinarians, and hair stylists. Again, buy your ingredients in bulk and divide among everyone. Lastly, think of different services you can provide to someone. This could be a coupon for mowing their lawn in the spring, running their errands for an afternoon, or walking their dog every day for a week. These gifts are ideal for neighbors, elderly people, and others who have busy schedules.

Lastly, it pays to do your research and pre-shop online before hitting the stores. Browse your favorite local stores’ websites and see what deals and coupons are available. In addition, this helps you narrow down your shopping list to a few stores, making your transportation and gas costs less. Also, don’t fear shopping online. Some retailers offer online only deals, free-shipping, and no-hassle return policies. They may also have special shopping days, online or in-store, for you to take advantage of to add more money back into your wallet. While searching online, you may come across a coupon or great deal for an “experience” present. Experience presents are trips, special day events, etc. that you give in place of a tangible gift. For example, I am giving my mom and sister tickets to Christmas at Biltmore for Christmas this year (don’t worry, they already know about the present and the surprise won’t be ruined when they read this article). For this experience present, I purchased the tickets ahead of time and was able to use an online deal. You can do this for many different attractions, entertainment, and trips. These experiences don’t have to happen around Christmas; they can happen months later. However, be sure to search for deals before making your purchase. The daily deal website, Groupon, is a great place to go to, as well as Living Social.

The holidays are a wonderful time to make memories with your family and friends. Don’t let the fear of overspending ruin your spirit. Remember, there are ways to give budget-friendly presents that will warm anyone’s heart.

xoxo,

Megan