Trying to save money in 2018? You don’t have to cut back on shopping to do this, but instead it’s important to know when seasonal items tend go on sale and when major sales holidays take place. This allows you to buy the items you’d purchase anyway, but pay significantly less for them. Although summer is already in full gear, here is a list of savings highlights during every month of the year (which can be great predictions for 2019 as well). Enjoy!
January & February – Lowest Retail Sales for Local Shops
These are cold months that keep local shoppers indoors and a Christmas holiday shopping hangover combine to keep these sales numbers low. Important sales days to take advantage of are Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.
Purchase in January:
- Winter clothing: During the latter half of January, retailers are eager to unload their stock of winter coats, boots, sweaters and scarves. Replace your tattered winter coat for 50 percent off or more
- Bedding and towels: Home-goods retailers such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Pottery Barn, Overstock.com and others run what the industry calls “White Sales” all January long. These sales generally include sheets, comforters and towels.
Purchase in February:
- Jewelry: After Valentine’s Day is the best time to buy all the jewelry still in stock after the holiday.
- Mattresses: Presidents Day weekend is known for its price drops and special-financing deals.
March – Biggest Sales Day for Local Bakeries
Sales significantly rise for local bakeries the weekend before Easter. The Wednesday before Easter is typically the peak day for bakery sales as shoppers place their order for the upcoming weekend.
Purchase in March:
- A cruise: March is the last month of what the industry calls “Wave Season.” Think of it as the Black Friday for cruises. Cruise lines want to sell as many cabins as possible, so they’ll slash prices and also offer bundles rich in extra amenities.
- Luggage: Merchants are replacing old models in anticipation of summer travel. It’s a good time to snag a deal on older stock.
April – Easter and Spring Sales
Easter Sunday itself is quiet, but the lead-up will be abundant with sales. Department stores will run sales on Easter and spring attire. Gift sites will offer discounts on treat baskets and flowers. Clothing stores will offer discounts on spring accessories.
Purchase in April:
- Spring-cleaning supplies: In addition to markdowns on vacuums, you’ll find discounts on home storage and organizing products.
- Easter gifts and clothing: The day after Easter is a great time to find heavily discounted candy, Easter decor and crafting supplies. Retailers also run sales on a wide range of products leading into Easter Sunday.
May – Memorial Day
During Memorial Day weekend, American bars will gross the highest sales. This holiday also leads the industry when it comes to low prices on appliances. Jewelry stores, flower-delivery companies and department stores all offer discounts leading into Mother’s Day.
Purchase in May:
- Spring apparel: With the change of the seasons comes stores attempting to unload clothing from last season. So pick up spring clothing at a discount in the clearance section as retailers shine the spotlight on summer.
- Appliances: Shop Memorial Day sales to find some of the best deals all year on washers, dryers, fridges and ovens.
June – Father’s Day and Summer Vacations
Home-improvement stores and computer and technology stores tend to hold Father’s Day sales as shoppers seek gifts for Dad. Great deals on summer travel also rise.
Purchase in June:
- Caribbean vacations: Hurricane season is approaching. If you don’t mind the risk, you can snag bargains on destinations such as Aruba, the Bahamas and more.
- Tools: Thanks to Father’s Day, you’ll start seeing sales on tools in the lead-up to the holiday.
July & August – 4th of July and Busier Restaurants
Longer days, warmer weather, kids being out of school and summer vacations combine to encourage everyone to eat out more during the summer months. During the Fourth of July, many home-goods and clothing retailers will remain open in an attempt to draw in shoppers who have a day off work. There’s also the Nordstrom Half-Yearly summer sale that will run July 20 through Aug. 5, 2018. Lastly, Amazon hosts Prime Day in mid-July. The event (which usually lasts around 36 hours) includes deep discounts on Amazon products, lightning deals on a wide variety of items and discounts on subscriptions.
Purchase in July:
- A grill: Wait until right after the Fourth of July. With two major grilling holidays passed (Fourth of July and Memorial Day), demand will go down and so will prices. And you’ll have a new grill for Labor Day.
- Amazon products: Expect Echos, Kindles and more to go on sale for Prime Day.
Purchase in August:
- Summer clothing: Snap up summer clothing and discounted swimwear as fall clothing hits the shelves.
- School supplies: It’s back-to-school season. Even if you’re not shopping for school, it’s a good time to pick up binders, pens and highlighters. Coupons, deals and the selection will be plentiful.
In August, many states hold a Tax-free weekend where no sales tax is charged on certain items. Commonly included items are clothing, footwear, computers, school supplies and more.
September – Labor Day
Labor Day is big for clothing sales, as stores are trying to rid themselves of back-to-school shopping leftovers. You’ll find respectable sales on appliances and mattresses as well.
Purchase in September:
- Outdoor and patio furniture: Summer’s over, and stores want to clear out their remaining patio sets.
- Camping gear: With the weather still nice, you can find deals on tents and sleeping bags and still use them before the snow falls.
October – Columbus Day
This long weekend in October is not nearly as popular, and sales will be modest compared to other three-day weekends. However, you’ll still find deals on clothing, mattresses and home goods.
Purchase in October:
- Warm-weather clothing: Winter is almost here, so hit the clearance racks for any remaining summer clothing at well over 50 percent off.
- Older iPhones: New iPhone models are usually announced in September and ship in November. That means sellers usually mark down previous-generation models in October.
November – Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but, increasingly, sales launch on Thanksgiving Day itself. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving and basically the online version of Black Friday. However, many sales span the entire weekend.
Purchase in November:
- Electronics and TVs: Thanks to the holiday-shopping season (namely, Black Friday and Cyber Monday), prices will be slashed on 4K TVs, smart-home gadgets and gaming systems. In fact, these are the lowest prices you’re likely to find all year.
- Travel: Cyber Monday has become a day for travel deals. Airlines and aggregation sites will run lightning deals on flights. And hotels and cruise lines will sell packages that include extra amenities.
December – Holiday Sales
In the days after Christmas, many retailers run after-Christmas sales between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.
Purchase in December:
- Toys: Retailers lower toy prices as Christmas approaches, as they don’t want to get stuck with them come January. In-demand toys are the exception – you’ll want to buy the year’s “it” toys much earlier, as stock will be low in December.
- Holiday decor (right after Christmas): Hit the stores on Dec. 26 to get artificial trees, tinsel and ornaments for up to 80 percent off.