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Best Time to Buy Things

In these high-tech times, you might think the days when the calendar dictated when consumer goods would go on sale are behind us. Not so. Consumer Reports' market analysts have found that deep discounts for many products are still tied to a particular month of the year: Some sales are timed to the introduction of new models, while others are long-standing traditions, such as January white sales.  

Use the month-by-month information below to see when you can typically find the best prices on a variety of products. But keep your eye on your shopping apps, e-mail announcements, and Sunday circulars, too, because there will always be exceptions. 

Want an even better deal? Haggle, haggle, haggle. In a Consumer Reports National Research Center survey of 2,000 American adults about their negotiating habits, 89 percent of people who said they haggled received a better price at least once. Use these tips on effective bargaining.  

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