Welcome to “What Do I Buy and When?” – our monthly series geared towards helping you make smarter buying decisions. Each month, you’ll learn which items retailers price to sell and which ones aren’t so you can find the best deals throughout the year. Our information is gathered from sites like DealNews and DailyFinance, places that search the retail world to find the best and worst deals. We want to help you save money!
May is a big month when it comes to special events. With holidays like Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, consumers will find sales galore during this month. With so many chances to save, it’s important to focus on the big opportunities rather than veering off into deals that are too good to be true.
If you are in the market for a new grill for your backyard, May is the month to make your purchase. Since summer is the prime time for barbecuing, you should pick one up now before the summer season arrives in earnest and prices go back up.
Along the same line as grills, the end of May is a good time to consider purchasing outdoor furniture to complement those barbecues. And while good deals can be found this month, if you can hold off until after the summer, you’ll find even greater deals in the fall.
Memorial Day Sales
Memorial Day Weekend can be the best time of the year to purchase spring fashions, home goods, and mattresses. You’ll start seeing clothes from spring lines receive heavy discounts, but be sure to steer clear of the summer clothes which are still at full price.
If you’re in the market for small appliances and kitchen supplies, Memorial Day is a great time to buy those items at large discounts.
Lastly, Memorial Day is the best time to purchase a new mattress, as shoppers should be able to find deals of up to 50% off.
While May is the best time to buy a mattress, it is not the best month to purchase sheets and bedding. The best time to purchase bedding is during the white sales in January, when shoppers can find deals of up to 60% off retail prices.
Summer Sports Gear
The advent of summer will keep consumers paying premium prices on summer sports equipment. It’s best to wait until the fall to see major discounts.
To find the best deals on laptops, it’s best to wait until back-to-school sales between July and August. Since that time is only a few months away, it makes financial sense to hold off from purchasing a laptop if you’re looking for any price breaks.