When is the best time to buy stuff?

The best time to buy certain products has no definitive answer as the trend keeps changing year after year. But with Back to School season approaching, I decided to check Consumer Reports’ list for this year, especially after I ended up buying things around Christmas that wasn’t really as cheap as I had seen months before the end-of-the-year holiday season.

This list is mostly for consumer products and electronics. For example, computers are the cheapest around Back to School between September and mid October. They almost double in price from Black Friday to Christmas.

Travel tickets and car sales tend to follow an entirely different trend, so I’m not going to include those here.

First Quarter

January

• Bathroom Scales

• Exercise Equipment

• Linens And Sheets

• TVs

• Winter Sports Gear And Clothing

February

• Humidifiers

• Mattresses

• Winter Sports Gear And Coats

March

• Chocolates And Other Valentine’s Day Candy

• Digital Cameras

• Ellipticals

• Humidifiers

• Treadmills

Second Quarter

April

• Carpet

• Desktop And Laptop Computers

• Digital Cameras

May

• Baby High Chairs

• Desktop And Laptop Computers

• Interior And Exterior Paints

• Mattresses

• Strollers

• Wood Stains

June

• Camcorders

• Ellipticals

• Indoor Furniture

• Summer Sports Gear

• Treadmills

Third Quarter

July

• Camcorders

• Decking

• Exterior And Interior Paint

• Siding

• Summer Clothing

• Wood Stains

August

• Air Conditioners

• Backpacks And Back To School Goods

• Dehumidifiers

• Outdoor Furniture

• Snowblowers

September

• Desktop And Laptop Computers

• Digital Cameras

• Interior And Exterior Paint

• Lawn Mowers And Tractors

• Printers

• Snow Blowers

Fourth Quarter

October

• Desktop Computers

• Digital Cameras

• Gas Grills

• Lawn Mowers And Tractors

November

• Halloween Candy

• Camcorders

• Gas Grills

• GPS

• TVs

December

• Blu-Ray Players

• Camcorders

• E-Book Readers

• Gas Grills

• GPS

• Headphones

• Kitchen Cookware

• Major Appliances

• TVs

It’s always a good idea to keep tabs on items you may want from a couple of months before, so you may see if what you see are actually sales and not just the regular price.

[via Consumer Reports]

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