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Great Deals and Shopping Sales: Saving by the Season

picture of couple looking at salesEverybody is looking for great deals. But just as the seasons influence what grows in your garden and how you dress, there's a natural, seasonal ebb and flow to shopping sales throughout the year.

Just as you mark your calendars for important holidays, keep on the lookout for the following shopping sales at the appropriate times to find great deals and save.

FALL
September

Back to school shopping sales of supplies and clothing abound as the kids make their way back to the classroom.

In September and October, new refrigerators, washers and dryers are unveiled. You can help retailers make room for the new products by purchasing older models at a great discount! Be sure to look for EnergyStar-rated appliances for more great deals and savings.

October

Depending on your location, nurseries and big-box garden retailers are shuttering their garden departments, so you can expect to find great deals on trees, shrubs and the like.

For most of the country, prime outdoor grilling season has wound down by now, so grills and similar outdoor items go on sale. But for those living in the South, there's still time to enjoy the mild fall weather.

November

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, needs no introduction for all the discounts, great deals and shopping sales that are available.

WINTER
December

As the year end nears, many auto dealers try to clear out the old models from the lot in anticipation of the new ones.

For those looking ahead to April tax time, now's the time to make charitable donations before New Year's Day.

Ever heard of a winter wedding? There's a reason: the traditionally low demand in December and January make this the perfect bargain-hunting time to rent wedding facilities and shop for dresses.

January

From Christmas wrapping paper and white sales to winter apparel and sports equipment, January is when stores try to unload their excess items through post-holiday shopping sales.

Just like auto dealers make room for the new models, furniture retailer start making space in January for the February arrival of new furniture. Expect to save from 20-50 percent.

February

Out with the old and in with the newest digital cameras and other electronics mean now is the time to buy outgoing styles and models.

SPRING
March

The warming temperatures herald more sales of cold-weather gear like jackets, gloves and winter sports items.

Oddly enough, March is National Frozen Food Month so look for great deals that include shopping sales, special promotions and coupons on your favorite frozen foods.

April

For DIY-ers, look for wallpaper and paint sales during April.

In the grocery store, look for Easter and Earth Day sales and related promotions.

May

The shoulder season travel opportunities start winding down in May. Be sure to book your flights, hotel or cruise vacations prior to Memorial Day for maximum savings.

SUMMER
June

National Dairy Month means you'll find shopping sales in your local grocery while the Fourth of July holiday means a host of associated money-saving promotions.

July

Just like in January, new furniture arrives in department stores and showrooms in August, so expect bargains in July.

August

For fans of waterskiing, now's the time to start looking for end-of-season sales on gear and equipment. The same goes for bathing suits.

As the warm weather turns brisk, outdoor-related gear like patio furniture, swing sets and the like are marked down as fall merchandise begins to arrive in stores.

No matter what you are looking for, great deals and shopping sales follow a predictable pattern throughout the year. Plan ahead to save money!

Tips
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  • Save Time - Call it the "two-minute rule": when an item at work or at home comes up that takes two minutes or less to complete, do it immediately. It's one less thing to add to your list.
  • Save Money - Track every expense to save money (spreadsheet, online banking tools, budget software, etc.). By knowing where all your money goes, you can begin to prioritize where you can save.
  • Save for the Future - Make a serious effort to define your goals today. How much will college cost? When are you buying a house and what is your realistic budget? When do you want to retire? How much will you need in retirement?
  • Save Time - Two words for you: meal planning. If your family eats dinner at home seven nights a week, it's easier to plan and shop for those meals all at once. It saves time and money, too, as you are more inclined to stick to your list at the grocery store rather than splurging on impulse items.
  • Save Money - A radical idea: if you think of saving as priority, a central goal in itself, every time you rent a movie, eat at a restaurant, buy a coffee or luxury item, you are delaying your goal. Alternately, if it helps make you save money, when you do spend money on luxury items, transfer an equal amount into your savings at the same time.
  • Save for the Future - Spend less than you earn. Crazy idea, right? How do you achieve this? Start with a budget. Knowing your income vs. your expenses will help you reduce the need to borrow (credit cards, loans) and allow you to save for the future.
This information is general in nature, is provided for educational purposes only, and should not be relied on or interpreted as accounting, financial planning, investment, legal or tax advice. Regions neither endorses nor guarantees this information, and encourages you to consult a professional for advice applicable to your specific situation.