Budget Smart Girl's Guide

Why Timing Is Everything When You Shop

 

Timing is important when you shop for bargains because retailers introduce new items to their line on a schedule.

For example, it’s a good idea to buy out of season for clothing to get the best deals, and for cars, pick the end of the year when the new models arrive.

End of Day – This is especially true for thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. It can work with almost any type of item that is sold via a salesperson who is tired (such as furniture, appliances, and cars), and if you go to locally owned and operated stores.

End of Season – Each type of product has a season. Cars are usually by year but the new models tend to start coming out in October. So, from October to December and even into the first few months of a new year, (if you’re willing to wait and lose out on some options), you can get good discounts on new cars.

Before the New Styles Come Out – Find out when your favorite stores bring in new merchandise. They usually have a schedule for each week, month, season, and year.

Before the New Model Comes Out – For large purchases like kitchen appliances, new models come out less often than for seasonal items like clothing. Ask your local store when the new models arrive.

That way, you can plan to shop the week prior to the new model showing up, allowing you to get the biggest discount. (Don’t forget to ask for the best price.)

Black Friday – While many Black Friday offers are just ploys to get you to the store, if you can get lots of items at deep discounts. However, be prepared to say no to things you had no intention of buying and sticking to the items you did plan to buy.

When You Have Cash – Don’t go shopping when you have no money to shop. You don’t want to be tempted to spend more money than you have, no matter what time it is or what good deal it is.

If you can’t pay for it right away then it’s not worth it.

Study when the best time to buy the items you want is. Look at your list and write down the months or times that are best to buy that item.

 

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