Make Smart Shopping Decisions in 2010 with this Year-Round “When to Buy” List
Is there a particular month when you should buy furniture? A wedding dress? A television? According to the Lifehacker article, “The Best Times To Buy Anything, All Year Round,” there is! Everyone loves a deal, but when should you expect to get more bang for your buck on your purchases? Lifehacker scanned the Internet for the best times to buy almost anything, ranging from candy to tools to houses, and compiled a comprehensive list for budget-conscious shoppers.
Here are a handful of items you should buy based on the Lifehacker’s month-by-month guide:
Winter: air conditioners and gas grills
- January: bicycles and sporting goods, linens and bed sheets and digital cameras
- February: chocolates (after February 14, of course!)
- March: luggage, boots and winter wear
- April: used cars and vacuum cleaners
- May: party supplies
- June: gym memberships
- July: furniture
- August: laptops
- September: lawn mowers and decent wines
- October: jeans and cookware
- November: candy (after Halloween, naturally!) and home theatre equipment
- December: wedding dresses
The List was compiled through various research methods (i.e. consumer reports and financial analysis) and common sense. For instance, Lifehacker discovered December was one of the least popular months for weddings — making it a great time to buy a wedding dress. Due to seasonal sales, vacuums are a good buy in April because of spring cleaning and laptops in August because of back to school. Other factors include the need to make space for new products, technological updates making last season’s item “outdated” and retailers having a surplus of particular goods. It should be noted that some items, such as videogame consoles, are at a fixed price and usually don’t change until an updated version is released.
But while it’s hard not to buy something (such as a new pair of Chanel boots…right, mm/c girls!?) that’s been reasonably marked down, is it worth saving $100 on an air conditioner purchased in January? You certainly wouldn’t want to install it in Boston this time of year and storage isn’t always available in small apartments. So in order to take full advantage of the list, you must weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself whether it’s a smart buy or a not buy.
Regardless, for all those budget-conscious shoppers out there, this list should serve as a useful guide for shopping wisely. Enjoy!
Posted by Justin