Get the best prices on big-ticket items by shopping at the right time.
Even shopping has a season. Learn the best times to buy these items throughout the year.
Appliances: September and holiday weekends. In the fall, new models are coming into showrooms, so older models are discounted. Appliances are nearly always part of holiday weekend sales year-round, including minor holidays like Columbus Day.
Boats: March. Boat show season has ended, so prices come down.
Cars: September. New models arrive in the fall. Dealers need to make room, so they discount the current year’s models from Labor Day weekend through the rest of the month.
Digital cameras: February. Look for discounts on the previous year’s cameras when the newest models come out after trade-show season.
Furniture: January and February. It’s a slow time of year for big purchases, so furniture makers offer incentives.
Grills and air conditioners: January and February. It’s off-season and new models aren’t likely to be dramatically improved. You’ll also find end-of-season deals after July 4 and into August.
Laptops: April and August or September. New models are introduced in the spring, so prices drop on existing models. August and September are filled with back-to-school deals.
Lawn mowers and other yard gear: August and September. This is the end of the season for these products.
Outdoor furniture: July and August. Retailers need to clean out inventory before the change of seasons. You might also find early-season discounts in May.
Snow removal equipment: August and September. Save on winter gear before you need it.
Toys: October and November. Stores offer discounts to kick-start the holiday buying season.
- What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in September (wisebread.com)
- For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday (wisebread.com)
- The Best and Worst Things to Buy in September (smartasset.com)
- The Best Labor Day Deals (y98.cbslocal.com)
- The Best Deals for Labor Day — and Beyond (dailyfinance.com)