Shopping for a vacuum? Need new sheets? There are better times than others to purchase certain items. Be a savvy shopper with this savvy shopping guide, courtesy of and other websites.


Shop now for winter gear. This year’s stock will be heavily discounted as retailers make room for summer clothing. Watch for sales on sweaters, jackets, and winter sporting goods.

Now is also the time to pick up the snowblower you’ve wished you’d had all winter long – not much demand for those in the rainy spring.

In early May, rifle through flyers for deals on patio furniture and gardening accessories. Stores may offer discounts on these items to encourage high sales.


Grilling season is starting, so watch for special pricing on barbecues. Also look for deals on hammers, saws, and other tools.

The kids are still enjoying summer holidays, but retailers have back-to-school on the brain. Don’t wait until September to buy school supplies.

Replacing bathing suits and outdoor furniture? They’ll be on sale at the end of summer; ditto last year’s indoor furniture, as new models arrive soon.


Planning a winter getaway? Book before the cold weather hits – at least two months before your desired vacation time. The later you leave it, the higher the prices and the leaner the pickings.

You can find a deal on almost anything on Black Friday, especially electronics, but winter clothing is also value-priced.


Traditionally, Boxing Day brings good sales. Shop for the clothes and electronics you wished Santa had brought.

Bridal and boat shows are typically held in January or February. While you’re there, scope out deals on event planners, wedding dresses, and big power toys. And you may want to consider getting married in the winter months. Spring and summer are far more popular times for weddings, so you might snag a deal on venues and catering.