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Follow the seasons: When to buy what

Last reviewed: January 2011

You might think that because you faithfully compare prices on the Internet before buying, clip coupons galore, and watch for deep discounts on yesterday’s inventory as new models appear in stores, you’re getting the best deals you possibly can.

Still, deep discounts for some products go by the calendar. Use this page as a guide to those deals, but keep your eye on sales circulars and e-mail alerts because there will always be exceptions. Bear in mind, too, that the best time to save money isn’t generally when you’ll find the best selection. Download a PDF of our guide to when to buy what.

January

Cookware
Cookware
Bedding
Carpeting
CDs & DVDs
Computers
Cookware
Houses and condos
Linens
Swimwear
Toys
Treadmills and ellipticals
TVs
Winter clothing
 

February

Treadmill
Treadmill
Houses and condos
Humidifiers
Indoor furniture
Treadmills and ellipticals
 

March

Digital camera
Digital camera
Digital cameras
Humidifiers
Small consumer electronics (MP3 players, DVD and Blu-ray players, etc.)
TVs
Winter coats
Winter sports gear
 

April

Laptop computer
Laptop computer
Computers
Digital cameras
Lawn mowers
Spring clothing
 

May

Lawn mower
Lawn mower
Athletic apparel and shoes
Camping and outdoor gear
Carpeting
Cordless phones
Lawn mowers
Small consumer electronics
 

June

Pocket camcorder
Pocket camcorder
Camcorders
Carpeting
Computers
Indoor furniture
Small consumer electronics
Summer sports gear
Swimwear
 

July

Outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture
Camcorders
Indoor furniture
Outdoor furniture
Swimwear
 

August

Backpack
Backpack
Air conditioners
Backpacks
Dehumidifiers
Lawn mowers
Outdoor furniture
Snow blowers
 

September

Gas grill
Gas grill
Bikes
Digital cameras
Gas grills
Lawn mowers
Shrubs, trees, and perennials
Small consumer electronics
Snow blowers
 

October

Bike
Bike
Bikes
Computers
Digital cameras
Gas grills
Lawn mowers
Winter coats
 

November

TV
TV
Baby products
Bikes
Camcorders
Gas grills
GPS navigators
Toys
TVs
 

December

Smart phone
Smart phone
Bikes
Camcorders
Gas grills
GPS navigators
Home appliances, large and small
Small consumer electronics
Toys
TVs