The Best Time of Year to Buy Just About Anything
Save hundreds by timing big purchases to annual sales
The best things in life come to those who wait... for a great deal. From cars and cameras to boats and homes, here’s the skinny on the best time of year to buy just about anything.
Cars: Late Summer through December
Just dying for a shiny new Volvo? Hang on a few more weeks and head to the lot on a weekday starting in August. See, toward the end of the year, dealerships are making way for new models, and if you’re one of a few customers on a not-so-busy workday, they’re more likely to extend a better deal.
Stores get ready for the summer travel season by rolling out new suitcases in May, so they like to clear out older stock a few months prior.
Mattresses: Spring and Summer Holidays
For some reason, mattress sellers love holidays. Hold out for sales on Labor Day, Fourth of July, President’s Day and Memorial Day--and then justify your purchase of that sick California king.
Grills: Late Summer
This one’s a no-brainer: Father’s Day is long past and the year’s hamburger-flipping days are dwindling.
Big stores like Best Buy run computer specials during the back-to-school season. If you’re an Apple die-hard, you’ll have a harder time finding a deal, but the company does offer a few discounts on Black Friday in November.
Cameras, TVs and Stereos: January
With everyone getting all crazy for the January Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, stores are apt to drop prices on last year’s electronics, which might seem old to them but are still new to you.
Retailers know your New Year’s resolutions will have you shopping for cardio equipment after the holidays, so they discount items like treadmills and elliptical machines to match the year’s biggest fitness push.
Discounts on sofas, dining sets and more tend to come right before the spring High Point Market, a huge industry trade show in April.
New refrigerator models are released in May, making that month the best time to score clearance sales on last year’s versions. Plus, you just might be able to tack on additional Mother’s Day or Memorial Day discounts.
Other appliances: September and October
For whatever reason, new releases of dishwashers, stoves and washer/dryers happen in the fall. We don’t know… maybe it’s to give you time to recover from that refrigerator purchase?
Boats: January and February
Dozens of huge boat shows around the country lure would-be captains into convention centers during winter’s coldest months, and dealers use the dream of warmer weather to move new models.
Houses: June (Sort of)
Real estate inventory traditionally peaks in June--homeowners with kids are more likely to move in between school years, and homebuyers can more readily tour properties and conduct inspections without snow blanketing the house and grounds. If you’ve got super-specific requirements and want your pick of housing stock, buy when more places are up for sale. But if you’re flexible and can shop in winter, you may get a bargain.