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The Best Time to Buy Everything

A Month-By-Month Guide to the Biggest Bargains

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Want to get the best deal on everything that you buy? It all starts with knowing when to shop. Here’s a month-by-month guide to the biggest bargains:

January

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Food:
Chocolate (Christmas clearance)
Soda
Oatmeal
Diet foods
Frozen finger foods

Non-food:
Linens
TVs
Electronics
Cameras
Computers
Small appliances
Air conditioners
Carpeting and flooring
Furniture
Winter clothes
Toys (on clearance after the holidays)
Bicycles
Christmas gift wrap
Christmas decorations
Sneakers
Exercise equipment
Motorcycles
Houses
Boats
Motorcycles
Gift cards
Vacation Packages
Anything from thrift stores

February

Food:
Canned Foods
Chocolate (post Valentine's Day)
Steak (post Valentine's Day)
Seafood (post Valentine's Day)
Oatmeal

Non-food:
Big screen TVs (before the Super Bowl)
Cameras
Motorcycles
Boats
Air conditioners
Recliners
Furniture (around President's Day)
Dental care products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.)
Perfume
Condoms, personal lubricants

March

Food:
Frozen foods

Non-food:
Luggage
Boats

 

April

Food:
Candy (Easter clearance)
Eggs
Ham
Cheese
Mustard
Ready-made dough
Dinner rolls
Frozen pies
Cake mix
Cake frosting
Organic/natural foods
Pie crusts
Mushrooms

Non-Food:
Electronics
Vacuums
Cookware
Tires
Auto parts
Car care supplies
Sneakers
Organic/natural cleaners
Beauty products (spring)
Home improvement supplies

May

Food:
Hotdogs
Ground beef
Hamburger and hot dog buns
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce, relish)
Salad dressing
Chips
Ice cream
Popsicles
Frozen pies
Soda
Bottled water
Mushrooms

Non-food:
Party supplies (disposable plates, cups, napkins and utensils)
Grill supplies (charcoal, lighter fluid)
refrigerator
Vacuums
Cookware
Mattresses
Pet supplies
Gym memberships
Anything from flea markets

June

Food:
Ice cream
Popsicles
Soda
Bottled water
Iced tea mix and bags

Non-food:
Dishes
Tools (around Father’s Day)
Women's underwear, bras and lingerie

July

Food:
Hot dogs
Ground beef
Hamburger and hot dog buns
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce, relish)
Salad dressing
Chips
Ice cream
Popsicles
Soda
Bottled water
Iced tea mix and bags

Non-food:
Grill supplies (charcoal, lighter fluid)
Party supplies (disposable plates, cups, napkins and utensils)
Furniture

August

Food:
Cereal
Breakfast bars
Peanut butter
Jelly
Lunch meat
American cheese
Yogurt
Chips
Snack cakes
Cookies
Ice cream
Soda
Bottled water
Iced tea mix and bags
Drink boxes

Non-food:
Pool supplies
Outdoor toys
Outdoor play equipment
Outdoor furniture
Bathing suits
Summer clothes
Summer shoes
Sunglasses
Linens
Pillows
School supplies
Office supplies
Underwear
Socks
Undershirts

September

Food:
Cereal
Breakfast bars
Peanut butter
Jelly
Lunch meat
American cheese
Yogurt
Chips
Snack cakes
Cookies
Hot dogs
Ground beef
Hamburger and hot dog buns
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce, relish)
Salad dressing
Canned fruits and vegetables
Soups
Broth
Frozen pies
Soda
Wine
Drink boxes
Mushrooms

Non-food:
Grill supplies (charcoal, lighter fluid)
Party supplies (disposable plates, cups, napkins and utensils)
School supplies
Office supplies
Underwear
Socks
Undershirts
Large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers)
Cars
Lawn mowers
Grills
Trees, shrubs and bulbs
iPhones (new models usually come out this month, meaning deals on last year's model)

October

Food:
Canned fruits and vegetables
Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, cranberries)
Soups
Broth
Mushrooms
Fair Trade products
Seafood

Non-food:
Large appliances
Lawn mowers
Grills
Tires and other car care supplies
Jeans
Trees, shrubs and bulbs

November

Food:
Turkey
Butter
Cheese
Baking supplies (flour, sugar, yeast chocolate chips, baker’s chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, cooking oil)
Pie crusts
Ready-made dough
Dinner rolls
Frozen pies
Cake mix
Cake frosting
Pie filling
Spices
Nuts
Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, cranberries)
Oatmeal
Candy (Halloween clearance)
Marshmallows
Soup
Broth

Non-food:
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Disposable baking pans
Cookware
Electronics
Tools
Carpeting and flooring
Trees, shrubs and bulbs

December

Food:
Ham
Butter
Cheese
Baking supplies (flour, sugar, yeast chocolate chips, baker’s chocolate, sweetened condensed
milk, cooking oil)
Pie crusts
Ready-made dough
Dinner rolls
Frozen pies
Cake mix
Cake frosting
Pie filling
Refrigerated cookie dough
Spices
Nuts
Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, cranberries)
Oatmeal
Soda

Non-food:
Gift cards
Disposable baking pans
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Electronics
Computers
Cell phones
Carpeting and flooring
Cookware
Tools
Toys
Batteries
Winter clothes
Winter Coats
Cars
Motorcycles

 

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