Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Second Quarter (April/May/June)

Televisions and Other Electronics: Japanese manufacturers' fiscal year ends in March, so they're eager to get rid of old stock. This will probably be better than the Super Bowl sales, provided you're okay with buying last year's model. [Di Vincenzo] Houses: Spring is the peak season for home buying, which means competition is fierce. Now's a good time to shop. [Bankrate] Cookware & Kitchen Accessories: Graduations are coming up, so even if you're well out of school, take advantage of the grad-based sales for everything kitchen-related. [Bankrate] Digital Cameras: Digital cameras start going on sale in February, after the new models have been announced at the January Consumer Electronics Show. However, if you're looking for the best deals, you'll find it in the second quarter of the year—as long as you're okay with buying a slightly older model. [Digital Photography School, Digital Camera HQ] Thrift Stores: Spring cleaning means thrift shops will be getting a lot of new inventory, so if you like to shop for bargains at the Salvation Army and similar places, spring is a good time. Just make sure you don't undo all the spring cleaning you just did. [Real Simple] Vacuum Cleaners: New vacuums come out in June. This is pretty convenient, since you can buy a vacuum for a low price beforehand and get started on your spring cleaning (though you may find even better deals during Black Friday). [Bankrate] Photo by Ming-Yen Hsu. April Cruises: Shop well ahead of your cruise date for the best deal. [Dealnews] Sneakers: As the weather starts getting warmer, the less serious start getting back into the swing of working out, which means it's a great time to take advantage of spring sales at your favorite running or footwear store. [TIME] May Refrigerators: While most big appliances go on sale later in the year, refrigerators are the big exception. New models come out in May, so last year's models will get discounted. [Money Crashers] Mattresses: While mattresses are generally a product that comes out year round, the Spring sees quite a few reduced prices. [Dealnews] Office Furniture: If you shop after tax day—when most home businesses start up—you can usually find some great deals on those office chairs and desks. [FurnitureBrains, Dealnews] June Dishware: Wedding season brings deals on dishes to everyone, including those not getting hitched. [Real Simple] Gym Memberships & Equipment: Everyone's forgotten their New Year's resolutions, so gyms are a bit more desperate for members (not to mention everyone's working out outside). Haggle yourself a good price. Similarly, if you aren't a fan of working out in front of others, you can buy gym equipment for your home at a similar discount. [Di Vincenzo, LIVESTRONG] Tools: It's hard to complain about gender stereotypes when power tool prices are this low. Shop before Father's Day for a good sale. [Dealnews]

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