How to Save Money Shopping by the Retail Sales Calendar

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Make the most of your coupons and discounts by taking advantage of the retail sale calendar. Purchases such as furniture, seasonal  clothing, housewares, electronics, appliances and bedding are usually a bigger bargain if you shop when most retailers discount specific items.

Some of the sales are common sense (day-after-Christmas sales) and others are seasonal (summer clearance sales). However, there are some discounts that are common at retailers every year at the same time that don’t seem to have a reason-for-the-season like “White Sales” in January or television sets in May.

Whatever the reason, keep this monthly list in mind to help you save money:

January: Post-Christmas sales typically include winter clothes, clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, beauty products (perfume gift sets, makeup sets), furs. You will also find discounts on appliances, sports gear, toys and dishes.

Many stores feature a big“White Sale” every January. This is a great time to stock up on sheets, towels, pillowcases, blankets and comforters.

February: A great time to buy carpets, mattresses, furniture, fine china, silverware and housewares (if you’re going to a bridal shower in the spring, this is a great time to buy a gift). You will also find discounts on electronics such as stereos, car audio systems.

Cars are a big sale item in February with many dealers advertising “Presidents Day” sales.

March: Look for sales on spring clothing, baby items, appliances, luggage and ski equipment.

April: Right after Easter you will find discounts on clothing including suits for men and boys and coats for the whole family.

May: This is another great month to hit the while sales and stock up on blankets, bedding and towels. Also on sale at many retailers are storage supplies, TVs, fashion accessories and tires.

June: Summer clothing (yes, fall clothing starts to appear before the you even hit the beach!), electronics, refrigerators, and home building materials.

July: Find sales on shoes, summer clothing including bathing suits, home appliances, air conditioners, stereo equipment, carpets, sports equipment (soccer, softball, golf), fuel oil (stock up for winter) and used cars.

August: Many sales on school supplies, air conditioners, fans, camping equipment, housewares, lawn and garden supplies, outdoor grills,  and swim suits for the whole family.

September: More sales on back-to-school supplies, bikes, auto-related items like car batteries, children’s clothing, lamps, paints, carpets and tools.

October: Cars, silverware, fishing equipment, fall clothing.

November: Pre-holiday “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” sales (starting right after Thanksgiving), winter coats, holiday decorations, suits for men and boys, kitchen appliances and water heaters.

December: Of course, the after Christmas is big sale day at most retailers. The perfect time to use your gift cards. You will find sales on toys (surprise!), holiday gift items, winter coats, party goods, down comforters, used cars (Not many people buy a car during the holidays so if you are shopping for one, it might be a good time to get a deal).

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