Before you shop for big ticket items, check the calendar for the best time to buy.   Selection is best early; prices are better later.  Here ‘s when to shop for:

  • Cars:  August and September, when dealers are clearing inventory to make room for new-model-year cars.
  • Gas grills: September through December
  • Lawn mowers: October; its also the best time to buy winter coats
  • Camcorders: November; also best for GPS devices and bicycles.
  • Appliances: December through January.  Post holiday prices are best on appliances both large and small.  Large includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and small includes toasters and blenders.
  • Exercise equipment:   January-Prices drop in time for New Year’s “get in shape” resolutions
  • Indoor furniture:February
  • TVs: March – also best time to buy DVD and Blu-Ray players, MP3 players and digital cameras
  • Computer: The end of each financial quarter-April, June, October and January when sellers need to move inventory
  • Athletic shoes and apparel: May
  • Tools: June, also the best time to buy electronics
  • Outdoor furniture:  July starts end of season close out sales
  • October is the time to buy: winter wear (winter coats, gloves, scarves); last year’s car models; fishing equipment; houses; crystal; silver; glassware