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The Best Time to Buy… Anything | How to Shop Based on Annual Sales Cycles

Want to know the best time to buy furniture? How about the best time to buy electronics? We have the scoop on the best times to shop annual sales cycles!

Shop smarter and buy at the right time. ⏰
Have you ever paid full price on a household good only to see that very same item on sale the next week? We’ve been there too. 😩 Luckily, there’s a way to avoid that aggravating situation. By knowing the best times to shop annual sales cycles, you can shop with confidence no matter what your next purchase is.

Want to know the best time to buy a car, a mattress, or even when to buy a house? We know the best time to shop sales. If you want to purchase goods at a low price, hit the stores according to our monthly shopping guide!

Here are the best items to buy each month…

January is National Oatmeal Month and you can expect major brands like Quaker to be offering sales. Keep an eye out for prices to drop! If you’re a fan of this hearty grain, January is the month to stock up.

It’s also a smart time to shop for any football party plans you have coming up. 🏈 The big game usually falls during the first week of February or the last week of January. As the month comes to a close, you’ll spot deals on soda, chips, dips, cheeses, chicken, snack foods, and team apparel.

January also plays host to White Sales, which refers to bedding and linens getting deeply discounted for a new year home refresh.

Other things to buy in January:

Christmas decorations and wrapping paper
Diet aids and scales
Fitness equipment and gym memberships
Home organization tools
Major appliances
New Year’s party supplies
Seasonal produce

There are a lot of offers to grab come February. It’s the best time to buy chocolates, candy, flowers, candles, and other Valentine’s Day essentials. If you’re a sweet tooth, grab those gourmet chocolates while they’re priced to sell! 🍫💘

In addition to being the month of love, February is National Canned Food Month and National Hot Breakfast Month. Savvy shoppers can score huge discounts on items like canned vegetables, tuna, pie fillings, soups, breakfast meats, frozen hash browns, and maple syrup.

And that’s not all! If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, you’re in luck! The Chinese New Year starts in February and you can score major deals on Asian foods and condiments. YUM! 🍚🥢

Other things to buy in February:

Engagement rings
Heart-healthy foods and medicine
New furniture
Seasonal produce
Space heaters
Winter clothing and necessities
Zoo, aquarium, and museum memberships

Calling all foodies! Hit the freezer aisle of the grocery store this March. It’s National Frozen Food Month and many grocers offer deep discounts on your favorite freezer items like frozen meals, pizza, veggies, juice concentrates, ice cream, and more! 🍦

If food deals are what you’re after, there are a few special dates in March you need to know about! March 7th is National Cereal Day and the perfect time to snag a hot sale on your favorite breakfast cereal. For deals on dessert and pizza, look for discounts and freebies on March 14th which is International Pi Day. 🍕🍰 Meanwhile, those with a hankering for a salty treat can score a low price on National Potato Chip Day on March 14th and National Chip and Dip Day on March 23rd.

Other things to buy in March:

Cleaning supplies
Digital cameras
Home improvement items
HVAC equipment
Hygiene products
Seasonal produce
Snow blowers
St. Patrick’s Day party supplies and food
Tax software
Winter clothing and necessities

Here comes Peter Cottontail, and with him, sales on eggs and Easter supplies! Once the holiday is over, stock up for next year’s celebration. You’ll score clearance prices on Easter items like baskets, egg-dying kits, and decorations.

For the environmentally conscious, this is the time to buy sustainable products! In honor of Earth Day, you’ll see sales on items like organic food, natural cleaning products, reusable bags, and water bottles.

April is also when Tax Day occurs. Submitting your paperwork may not be fun, but several restaurants offer freebies and deals to make the day a little easier!

Other things to buy in April:

Air conditioners
Baking supplies
Beauty products
Cookware sets
Leaf blowers
National Car Care Month deals and freebies
National Pretzel Day deals
Patio furniture
Rain gear
Seasonal produce
Snow blowers
Tax products
Winter clothing and necessities

With so many holidays, May is an exciting time to shop! Thanks to Cinco de Mayo, you’ll find great prices on piñatas, colorful decorations, and Mexican cuisine. As Mother’s Day approaches, look for restaurant freebies and shopping deals on flowers, chocolates, and gift sets for mom.

Come Memorial Day, stock up on barbeque supplies, paper plates, and foods like hot dogs, ketchup, buns, and burgers. It’s also a wise time to scoop up early deals on outdoor items and gardening supplies.

Other things to buy in May:

Allergy medicine
Baby Supplies
Bathing suits
Interior and exterior paint
Insect repellent
Mattresses & air mattresses
Party supplies
Pet supplies
Seasonal produce
Spring clothing
Salad dressing
Small kitchen appliances
Star Wars merchandise (May 4th)

Smart shoppers know June is the time to stock the gift closet! In June, both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works host their semi-annual sales and you can snag their coveted products for dirt cheap! 🙌🤑

It’s also the time to shop for Dad! When buying a gift for Father’s Day, scout for discounted items like tools, tech gadgets, ties, and briefcases. Also, don’t miss out on Father’s Day restaurant offers including free food, sweet treats, photo prints, and more!

June is also National Dairy Month. Wait for the prices to dip and stock up on products like milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, and whipping cream. 🧀

Other things to buy in June:

Athletic apparel
Cordless drills and tools
CVS products
Gym memberships
Pain relief medicine
PC games
Pressure washers
Seasonal produce
Spring clothes
Tea products

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! 🎵🍦 July is National Ice Cream Month and that means you can get a sweet treat for cheap! Look for sales on frozen treats, cones, toppings, and deals at your local ice cream shop. 😋

If you need a nap after your ice cream snack, July is also one of the best times to buy a mattress!

Other things to buy in July:

Amazon Prime Day deals
Fourth of July supplies
Hot dogs
Home organization tools
Personal electronics
Picnic supplies
Seasonal produce

With the hot season coming to a close, summer items will be majorly discounted. Expect to see rock-bottom prices on summer essentials. This is the best time to buy sunscreen, insect repellent, gardening supplies, pool toys, and more.

August is also the time for back-to-school sales. Take advantage of deals on school supplies and if your state has them, make sure to shop during tax-free weekends. ✏📓🎨

Other things to buy in August:

Breakfast items
Camping gear
Dehumidifiers and air conditioners
Dorm decorations
Engagement rings
Lawn mowers & equipment
Lunch supplies & snacks
Home security
Household items & cleaning supplies
Office supplies
Outdoor patio furniture
Seasonal produce
Tax-free items

Labor Day sales are the prime time to pick up summer items for clearance prices. Grills, lawnmowers, and outdoor patio furniture will all be on sale. Are these items on your wishlist? Wait until summer is over to buy and you’ll be rewarded with a low price. 💲

September is also the best time to buy plane tickets! When the summer vacation months are over, airlines tend to drop their prices in order to increase sales. If you want to satisfy your wanderlust AND save some money, buy your airfare in September. ✈

Other things to buy in September:

Air conditioners
Apple products
Bathing suits
Diabetes awareness items
Hot tubs
Hotel rooms
Seasonal produce
School supplies
Snow blowers
Summer clothes
Washers & dryers

With Halloween hitting the shelves, October is a good time to find candy, pumpkins, and spooky decorations on sale (but for clearance prices, shop in November).

Thanks to National Taco Day on October 4th, many restaurants and stores have discounts and freebies for you to enjoy! Taco-bout a good time! 🌮 Plus, October is also National Seafood Month, which means it’s the best time to buy shrimp, salmon, clams, oysters, and tuna.🦞🐟

Other things to buy in October:

Amazon Prime Day deals (potentially)
Breast Cancer Awareness merch
Columbus Day sales
Large appliances
Outdoor items
Seasonal produce
Summer clothing clearance
Snow tires
Wedding supplies

Halloween lovers will be bewitched by November prices! This is when after-Halloween clearance items become available for up to 90% off! Spoil yourself by scooping up all the spooky merchandise that’s on sale. 👻

November is also a time to honor our armed forces. Veterans Day is November 11th, 2023, and we anticipate tons of stores and restaurants will offer our veterans special discounts. See our list of deals and freebies!

And don’t forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday! It’s the best time to buy electronics like a television among other deep discounts and doorbuster sales, such as tech gadgets, toys, clothing, and more!  📺🎮🧸

Other things to buy in November:

Baby products
Baking supplies & bakeware
Canned foods and broths
Food storage containers
Holiday food
Holiday gifts
Home services
Pajamas and slippers
Seasonal produce
Streaming devices
Tech items

In December, the magic of the holidays is in full effect! You’ll be amazed at the prices you’ll see. It’s the best time to stock up on the supplies you need for holiday baking and Christmas dinner! Common holiday foods like eggnog, baking supplies, potatoes, deli platters, gravy mixes, bake-and-serve rolls, frozen pies, meat, and cranberry sauce are usually on sale.

After Christmas is over, capitalize on the after-Christmas clearance events. You can stock your gift closet for next year and pick up some cute decorations too! Check out our after-Christmas clearance tips for shopping the sales.

December is also one of the best times to buy a car. Older models will be discounted as the dealership prepares for the next year’s inventory. If you can be patient and wait until the end of the year, you might just score a new ride at an affordable price. 🚗

Other things to buy in December:

Air Fryers
Bath & Body Works candles
Carpet cleaners
Gift cards
Golf clubs
Home security
Photographs and photo albums
Seasonal produce
Snow blowers
Tech gadgets and small electronics
Wedding dresses

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