I’ve found Lifehackers buying guide very helpful (even if I didn’t follow it at all) to figure out the best times for buying certain items throughout the year. For example, everyone knows that the best time to buy a fake Christmas tree is the week AFTER Christmas right? Yeah.. exactly. Too bad I didn’t get one this year as I’m going to be treeless next year if I don’t get one before!
So the guide goes through the best times of the year to buy everything so you get the best bang for your buck. To give you an example – here’s what they suggest you purchase during the first 3 months of the year:
Gas grills & air conditioners: They’re obviously off-season, but it’s not like "next year’s model" will be remarkably better or different.
- Bicycles & Sporting Goods: Not only is it prime off-season pricing, you’ve got the attention of salespeople who think they’re talking to someone who’s for real about their exercise.
- Furniture: It’s both a lull and a changeover for the showrooms, so find that dining room set and haggle.
- Digital frames: Hey, where’d all last month’s buyers go? Pick up the leftover stock on the cheap.
- Carpeting: Most people are focused on holidays, not renovations, and it’s before the big tax rebate buying season, according to Carpet SuperSite.
- Tools: The kinds with batteries and cords and lots of warnings, because their makers put on a big push.
- Chocolate (after Feb. 14): Because, well, you know. Better stock up on the best diet pills while yer at it.
- Digital cameras: The newest models are out, fresh from the trade shows, so anything left over goes cheap.
- Luggage: Halfway between buying seasons, stores eager to move.
- Frozen foods: Goofy, but it’s "National Frozen Food Month." And you can buy and freeze.
- Winter coats & sports gear: Winter fun season is coming to an end. Where to find end-of-season goods? Try commenters’ suggestions.
- Boats: It’s the end of boat show season; you’ve got the upper hand.
Click the link for a larger version of the guide, or just bookmark this page and come back to it.
It certainly is an interesting read and something