Making big purchases should not be a stressful thing. When you know the secret of making these purchases, the entire process behind it becomes more enjoyable. For example, did you know there is a best time of the year to make most purchases? It is true. Let’s discuss in depth when the best time to purchase a car, television, mattress, furniture, or appliance is to help give you a sense of ease every time you need to replace one of these big-ticket items.
Before we begin listing, it is important to know two things about these purchases. You can either purchase your big-ticket item outright with cash or you can use a credit card. A lot of stores offer their own credit cards and low APR deals at different times of the year. If you are purchasing with cash, you can pay attention to seasonal sale shopping trends. If you are opening a store credit card, you need to also fine-tune your shopping a bit more and pay attention to when these sales merge with seasonal discounts on large items.
Shopping for a Mattress
When you are shopping for a mattress, you will want to pay attention to store sales. The best thing you can do is to shop during the offseason and keep a written note pad of which mattresses you liked the most. Look at mattress height, thickness, and quality. Make a pro and con list in regards to which brands you like more. This way, when sales do arise, you can refer to your list and cross-reference to see if a favorite mattress is on sale at the store offering the discounted prices. Since you have already “shopped around,” you know exactly what you are looking for and won’t have to worry about your choice being unavailable; you can purchase as soon as it is marked down.
Bedding stores typically run sales around holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day. Veterans and active service men and women often get deeper discounts during these sales. Other popular times to find bedding sales are actually during the spring months and right before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The reasoning behind this is the stores realize many people perform spring cleaning and have an “out with the old and in with the new” mentality and they also typically have more guests spending the night right before the winter holidays.
When it comes to shopping for appliances, the best time to purchase them is typically before the winter holidays. Many people experience more home parties and more guests leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas. The retailers take advantage of this time of the year and will discount stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves and even countertop appliances to help consumers get ready to entertain.
If you are not ready to buy during this time of the year, you can also check outlet stores at any time during the year. Outlet stores offer floor samples that may have some dents or dings that would not even be noticed once they are installed between cabinets. These floor samples come with warranties and deeply discounted prices year-round.
Shop for Your New Car During Auto Show Season
A lot of major cities experience winter auto show season. Typically in January or February, the newest models are showcased for people to see and sit in. The auto show will bring deep discounts on cars and trucks to all of the local dealerships hoping to sell out of last year’s inventory. Combine any dealer loyalty deals with auto season discounts and you can often save a pretty penny on your new or gently used dealership purchase.
If you are in the market for a truck, you should hold off until the summer months if you are unable to purchase during special pricing due to the local auto show. Trucks are usually used for plowing and heavy loads. During the summer months, more people are purchasing convertibles and sporty cars. This means truck sales decline and truck sales incline.
Knowing when to purchase is important because it will help you cut back on unnecessary spending. You will purchase what you need at a discounted price. Always pay attention to local sale ads and commercials in addition to seasonal sales to get the most bang for your buck.