While there are some things that are better to buy in-season, if you are looking to save money on things that are not time-sensitive, end of season sales are a perfect way to do so.
Throughout the year, retailers routinely clear out seasonal, or older, merchandise by holding sales to make room for new product. This means, you can buy some items at a deep discount if the time is right.
For example, the winter months mean winter-themed decor, seasonal tools and accessories. After Christmas, you will easily be able to find things like cards, gift wrapping and decorations.
There are also endless sales at every retail store each January - the month that’s synonymous for sales long after Boxing Day. This means everything from clothes, bedding, toys, electronics, furniture, beds and so much more will be on sale, at a fraction of its original retail price.
Once the springtime hits, everything we use in the winter months - think salt, shovels, humidifiers, space heaters, sleds and other winter recreational equipment like skis, snowboards - will be available at discounted prices.
Also, to get a jump on the season, stores will either try to sell-off last season’s spring items, or try an “upcoming season” sale to try and jumpstart business, since spring is typically the slowest period for retailers.
Nearer to the end of summer and closer to the fall months, everything from patio furniture, outdoor décor, summer toys, barbecues, fans, pool supplies, gardening tools and hot weather clothes go on sale. Retailers need to clear the shelves for fall and winter, so August is a great time to stock up for next summer.
When autumn comes around, all of the summer gear mentioned above goes sale, not to mention the massive back-to-school sales that hit malls and stores. This is a great time to buy kids clothing and find great deals on school supplies from the basics like paper and pens to the bigger ticket items like computers and tablets.
A few tips for end-of-season shopping:
1. Keep a list of the equipment you anticipate you’ll need to replace next year. For example, if you’re thinking of replacing your old wobbly Christmas tree, try buying it after Christmas instead of before the holidays.
2. Sign up for newsletters of your favourite stores. That way, you’ll know right away when things you need (maybe a new pair of winter boots that don’t leak) are on sale. You won’t need them right away, but you will eventually.
3. Christmas gifts don’t have to be bought in December. If you know your significant other or friend would love a certain gift which just happens to go on sale, scoop it up. The hardest part will be waiting until the holidays!
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