Buy Seasonally and Save BIG Money

Posted April 11, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

Saving money isn’t always about finding the best deals or sales, sometimes it’s about buying at the right time! Our friends at Real Simple are giving you the full guide on “The Best Time to Buy Essentials” – everything from furniture to shoes to certain kinds of clothing.

Here are two of our favorite tips from Real Simple:

May: The Best Time to Buy Athletic Apparel and Shoes

Why: As people emerge from their winter cocoons, retailers start offering discounts that will lure customers outdoors and shed their last-season inventories before the end of the summer, says Butler. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in May, shop when the seasons change or after a natural disaster. Oddly enough, these events cause retailers to extend sales or reduce discounted items even further. The reason? Some people will wear out their shoes during storm cleanup, and those who are unaffected invest in more durable pairs in the event that destructive weather hits in their ZIP code.

Your savings: From 30 to 60 percent.

October: The Best Time to Buy Jeans

Why: The rush for back-to-school clothes has ended, so retailers are cutting prices on leftover inventory, which includes a lot of denim. “People are becoming more frugal with back-to-school purchases and, as a result, stores will have excess denim,” says Kathryn Finney, founder of Check out department stores and Loehmann’s and Marshalls for marked-down designer jeans. You’ll also find considerable savings―about 50 percent―on denim during the warm summer months.

Your savings: Thirty to 60 percent below retail price. Also look for buy-one-get-one-free deals at some stores.

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About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."