Knowing When to Find a Deal

by Patti Chadwick

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A Blackbelt in Smart Seasonal Shopping

My Story: Timing Sales

One of the easiest ways to save money on many everyday items is by shopping seasonal sales. You can save hundreds of dollars every year by planning your spending to take advantage of the rhythmic pattern of buying and selling. It is just as important to know when to buy as it is to know how and where.

While local marketing conditions and each store's unique situation are reliable indicators of the frequency, time, and type of sales, and the amount of price reductions, the following sale calendar to help you get the most for your dollar when making purchases.


After-Christmas sales of Christmas merchandise, winter clothes, clothing, shoes, fur, handbags, toiletries, tablecloths, costume jewelry, furniture, toys, dishes, sports equipment, appliances. This is also the month that most stores feature a "White Sale", which includes most bedding such as sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and quilts.


Furniture, rugs, mattresses, curtains, bedding, china, glassware, silverware, housewares, radios and C.D. players, stereo equipment , and used cars.


Garden supplies, luggage, spring clothing, infants' wear, shoes, laundry appliances. luggage, skates, ski equipment, storm windows.


After-Easter sales for mostly clothes items including men's and boys' suits, women's and children's coats, housecoats, and women's hats.


White sales, clean-up/fix-up supplies, blankets, women's undergarments, TV sets, handbags, sportswear, tires.


Women's ready-to-wear, TV sets, refrigerators, fabrics, summer clothes, dresses, building materials, lumber.


Shoes, summer clothes, bathing suits, lingerie, sportswear, home appliances, air conditioners, fuel oil, radios and stereo equipment, rugs and carpet, summer sports equipment, used cars.


Furniture, white sales, camping equipment, housewares, lamps, coats, tires, lawn mowers, sprinklers, yard tools, barbecue sets and tools, air conditioners new cars, paints, school supplies, school clothes, bathing suits, fans.


Back-to-school supplies, housewares, bicycles, car batteries and mufflers, children's clothing, dishes, gardening equipment, glassware, hardware, lamps, paints, rugs and carpet, tools.


Fishing equipment, glassware, hosiery, housecoats, school clothes, school supplies, silverware, cars.


Coats, pre-Christmas items, quilts, shoes, boots, men's and boys' suits, kitchen appliances, water heaters.


Toys, gift items, coats, shoes, party items, quilts, used cars. The day after Christmas is Bargain Day all over.

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Patricia Chadwick is a freelance writer and has been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. She is also founder and publisher of History's Women, an on-line magazine highlighting the extraordinary achievements of women. Visit Patti's site at: or subscribe to her FREE weekly newsletter at or

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