Spring is a great time to stock up on some new furnishings and other household items, especially in May and June. Here are the best things to buy soon.
Televisions and Other Electronics: The Japanese fiscal year ends in March, which means Japanese-made goods (like the electronics we buy) are going to be on sale as they try to get rid of old stock. If you didn’t grab a TV during the pre-Super Bowl sales, now’s the time to grab one. And, these sales are probably even better than the February ones anyway, as long as you’re comfortable buying last year’s model.
Houses: According to Bankrate, spring is a great time to buy a house. Prices aren’t quite as low as they can be in the winter, but you’ll have a much larger selection to choose from, so you can take the time to find your perfect dream home. The spring weather makes the yards look great, and everyone comes out of the woodwork looking for a new home, which makes competition fierce. A lot of families start buying and selling at this time so their kids have time to make the transition during summer vacation, too.
Cookware & Kitchen Accessories: As graduation season draws closer, you’ll see a lot of sales for common graduation gifts. Kitchen tools and cookware are at the top of the list, says Bankrate, so even if you aren’t heading off to college next year, take advantage of the graduation-centric sales to stock up on any must-have kitchen tools now.
Digital Cameras: CES has come and gone, and while last year’s digital cameras start going on sale in February, you’re probably going to find the best deals during the second quarter of the year, according to Digital Photography School and Digital Camera HQ.
Thrift Items: It’s spring cleaning time, which means you can not only sell all your old junk, but buy other people’s junk too! If you’re a thrift store shopper, now’s a good time to get even better bargains than usual, since places like the Salvation Army will be getting lots of new inventory.
Vacuum Cleaners: Speaking of spring cleaning, if your vacuum just doesn’t have the sucking power that it used to, it’s the perfect time to buy a new one. New vacuums usually don’t come out until June, so Bankrate says you should grab the old models now as they’re clearing them out (though if you can wait, Dealnews says Black Friday will see the lowest prices).
May Buys (watch for Memorial Day sales to be extended)
Office Furniture: Both Furniture Brains and DealNews note that office furniture tends to start dropping after Tax Day, and gets lower and lower once you get into June. If you’ve been looking to ergonomically optimize your workspace, now’s the time.
Mattresses: Even though mattresses usually come out all year round, May often sees some pretty great price drops, according to DealNews. And, as long as you do your pre-shopping research, there’s no reason you can’t still get a great one.
Refrigerators: Most big appliances go on sale later in the year, but refrigerators are the big exception. New models are on their way, says Money Crashers, which means last year’s models are on sale. So, there’s no better time to get a good discount on a barely outdated fridge for your newly rebooted kitchen.
Champagne: It may not be New Year’s Eve, but springtime is a popular season for champagne due to all the weddings happening around town. Even if you aren’t going to be using it this month, it’s a good time to take advantage of the competition between champagne makers and pick up a few bottles.
Dishware: Another benefit of wedding season, dishware is a popular gift for newly-hitched couples. Even if that doesn’t mean you, grab some up while it’s cheap. Coupled with the cookware still on sale for graduation season, you could really just take this opportunity to reboot your entire kitchen, geek-style.
Gym Memberships: No one remembers their new year’s resolutions anymore, and everyone’s exercising outside, so gyms are getting a bit desperate to retain members and gain new ones. If you’re looking at getting a membership, you can probably haggle yourself a good price now. Of course, you could always stay at home and get a workout with nothing but your body, even if you only take 20 minutes a day.
Paint: Summer is house painting season, so prices are pretty low. Whether you’re repainting your entire house or you just want to spice up a few boring rooms, now’s the perfect time to grab your paint colors for cheap.
Tools: Father’s day is on its way, which means all the stereotypical gifts are on sale—the top choice being power tools. I’d complain about gender stereotypes, but it’s hard to care when prices are this good. If you don’t have the perfectly stocked toolbox yet, take a few hundred bucks and ensure you never make a last-minute trip to the hardware store again.
Suits: The other big father’s day gift, of course, is suits. Grab one for your dad, grab one for your grandfather, or just grab one for yourself while prices are low. After all, no one looks better than they do in a suit. And if you still don’t know how to tie a tie to go with your suit, now’s a great time to learn.
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