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When is it best to shop?

Apr 16, 2008
Shopping is a favorite pastime for many people, and it is something that you can do all year round. However, the different seasons of the year will dictate what kinds of things people will buy. Then again, buying certain things at a time when they are in high demand may not necessarily be a good idea. Buy clothes during off-season

Basically, buying fashion trends as they are released means that you have to pay more for your clothes. As such, those who wish to save should buy off season. This means that you have to buy your winter clothes in summer or fall, and your summer clothes during winter.

So, you have to buy your winter coat or fall boots during the months of January and February. These are the months when most stores hold sales for their fall and winter clothes. On the other hand, August and September are the best months to buy your summer and spring clothes.

Kids' accessories should be bought at end of the season sales Your kids' back to school shopping should be done around late September, long after school has started. You are sure to get the best rates in school shoes, bags, and uniforms during this month. There is no point in trying to buy your school stuff in August as this is the month when retailers raise their prices, since they know that parents have to buy school essentials around this time of the year.

If you have children's clothing and accessories to buy, it is better to buy them during the end of the season when most stores are having sales. Not only are the rates lower at the end of the season, the clothes that are available at this time can be worn all year round. Look for bargains on pants, sneakers, and other kids' accessories. If you find something that your child can use this coming winter, you might as well buy it at the end of the season sale.

Buy food products according to the holidays The best time to buy your groceries is when the stores are overstocked. This is the time when the rates of groceries are the lowest. Stock up on groceries that can be stored for several months like butter, cheese and other things that can be frozen. It is when the grass is green that there is an increase in dairy production, and correspondingly, dairy products go on sale around June and July. It is better to buy food products according to the times of holidays, like pasta before Columbus Day, baking staples around Thanksgiving, and Chinese foods near Chinese New Year.

September is the month when new car models are released. This is the time to get the best deals on the present year's models as dealers will want to get rid of old models. If you intend to buy a new car some other time of the year, it is better to shop at the end of the month when dealers will be under pressure to make sales. They will work hard to meet their quotas by offering great discounts.

Winter is the best time to buy your house Linens are best bought in 'white sales' stores around January as this is the time when stores settle their annual inventory and offer bonus deals on discounted items. This is the best opportunity for you to stock up on your sheets, towels and blankets.

House hunters should buy during winter as not many people are patient enough to look at houses when it is snowing. There will be fewer bidders, and therefore, less competition. Though you may get more options during spring time when most houses go on the market, you will also find the prices higher than normal.
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