Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Best Time to Buy

Best Time to Buy

Best time to buy - According to the National Retail Federation, tens of millions of American jobs depend on the retail industry. So what can you do to help the economy? Shop, shop, shop! And the good news is you don’t need to spend big bucks if you buy at the right time. Scroll through to see what time of year is best to purchase staple items.

Airplane tickets

Let’s face it – we’re all looking for a deal when it comes to flights. Unfortunately, it seems airfare is constantly increasing (read about 2012 air travel predictions. Whether you’re traveling to San Diego or Boston, consider these travel tips before you take off.
Athletic apparel

Need some new running shirts or yoga pants? You’ll feel more like exercising when you have the right apparel. Find out why exercising is so important for your health.

Although a new car will always set you back a bit financially, you can get a good deal if you shop at the right time. Find out which 2012 car gets top marks from Consumer Reports .
Cell phones

Interested in a new Windows phone, Droid or iPhone? Read reviews on Siri, the iPhone 4S’ big draw.

In addition to fine and everyday china, you can also find deals on used china on eBay or Craigslist.

This one might be easier to guess, since a certain holiday in February usually brings out the chocolate-buyer i
Football gear

Have kids who play football? You’ll want to take advantage of the best time to buy football equipment. Desperate for NFL tickets but don’t want to pay top dollar? Shop in this month.

Fancy a new scent? Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, you’ll be sure to sniff out a deal when you wait until after this holiday for sales on perfumes and colognes.

New furniture usually hits stores twice a year, so your best bet on a deal is right before then, as stores look to move out old items.
Golf clubs

Although you’ll find deals around Christmas, even bigger discounts can be found in a certain springtime month. Mark your calendar for the top 10 golf tournaments to watch this year.

In today’s housing market, you can get a deal at just about anytime of year, although there is one season that offers the best bargains. Read what experts are saying about the housing market in 2012.

According to Marshal Cohen, industry analyst for the NPD Group, a certain month can bring great deals on jeans. How often should you wash jeans? An article in the Washington Post discusses the pros and cons of washing irregularly.

Although you will find deals around certain holidays, like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, there are better sales at other times of the year.

There’s nothing like a new set of bedding to cozy up to after a long day’s work. Wondering what thread count you really need? Find out now.
Outdoor toys and playground equipment

Playground equipment, like swings and slides, can be pricey, as can outdoor games like bocce ball and croquet. Don’t cut corners on quality though – these items are likely to last a long time if they’re built well to begin with.Outdoor toys and playground equipment


The price of outerwear, like jackets and coats, varies. If you’re prepared to buy last year’s styles, you’ll likely get a much better deal. You might still be better off buying a known brand, like The North Face, Columbia or Mountain Hardwear.
Pajamas and slippers

Give new pajamas or slippers as gifts or treat yourself to a new pair

Love to garden but can’t afford top dollar for plants? You’ll find major discounts if you wait a bit. Consider subscribing to a gardening magazine, like “Better Homes and Gardens” or “Lawn & Landscape” for ideas.

Good news! Sales on sandals should be arriving soon. Get shopping to make sure you’re all set for that first heat wave. Check out what the Farmer’s Almanac says about the weather in 2012.

Although sales on shoes vary by type, there is a general rule of thumb for finding the best bargains. What does shoe designer Christian Louboutin have in stores this year?

Thinking about hitting the slopes? Buy skis instead of renting and you’ll save money in the long run. If you want a snowy adventure without the speed of downhill skiing, consider snowshoeing.

If you’re prepared to wait before buying this year’s styles, you’ll get a much better deal. Want to show off your new suit? Head to one of the top beaches in the country

A certain important football game often spurs people to purchase the latest TV and thus, retailers mark down their price. What technology giant is set to release their first TV?

Don’t wait for the holiday rush to find bargains on toys like board games and puzzles. Remember Tickle Me Elmo? Read about that and other toy fads through the years.
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