Buying anything out of season is a trick budget friendly people have been using forever. I’ll have to admit that I’m terrible at doing this. It’s one of those things that always sounds good to do, but ends up being forgotten about. Then, once the item is needed, I remember I should have bought it 6 months ago. Luckily I needed a water resistant jacket for my upcoming trip to Ireland (yes it’s supposed to rain the whole time we are there) which enabled me to see other great deals on jackets. We are talking +80% off kind of deals, or the clearance on top of clearance items. I kept thinking, “If only there was a way for me to remember when the best time is to buy certain things so I can get these types of bargains all the time.”
I searched the internet, and I found lifehacker.com. They compiled charts that list which months are best to buy different items. For example, they say that January is the best time to buy sporting goods, furniture, linens, carpeting, and digital cameras. Now I’m sure it’s different everywhere, but it can give you an idea of when to really search hard for that item you want to buy. I know that I’m going to go through my shopping list and set a reminder on my phone. That way I’ll remember next January that I need to buy a new tent! Does anyone have any other advice for out of season shopping?
Canadian Performer's Money
June 8, 2012 at 9:46 AM
Funny what “out of season” means to retailers. They seem to bring the cloths in months ahead of the season that you would wear them. If you go into clothing stores in Aug. they are clearing out their summer cloths even though you are only half way through summer.
June 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM
I know! When I bought my jackets I still needed them. Oh well… works out better for us.
June 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM
^Definitely agree with Canadian Performer’s Money.
Like you I seem to forget about anything I need/want to buy off-season; most of the time they are random purchases if I happen across them. My husband likes to put reminders in his phone, no matter how far in advance they are, and I like to write them on a desk calendar.
June 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM
That’s what I need to start doing. Down with split second purchases and up with savings!