Whether you’re shopping for a car, paint, a grill or pool items, there’s a time of year when it’s best to buy certain items.
And that doesn’t necessarily mean you should pool items at the end of the summer because they are on sale.
Before you buy, always compare prices online and check for promotion codes. At Retailmenot.com, a leading digital savings destination connecting consumers with retailers, restaurants and brands, you can often find an even lower price.
Here’s a guide to when retail prices are the best on the following items.
January: Fitness equipment, old inventory furniture, winter attire.
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. Manufacturers offer incentives to buy fitness equipment.
February: Flat-screen TVs, cameras, more winter attire.
Discounts are big for televisions in anticipation of Super Bowl parties. During Presidents Day weekend, you’ll see some of the best sales on cameras. A lot of new models come out in February and March, and retailers need to clear out space.
March: Luggage, frozen foods.
March is National Frozen Foods Month. Most grocery stores offer discounts on certain frozen foods, so stock up and keep it as long as you can.
April: Last-minute deals on tax software, tires, sneakers, home and garden.
Many stores mark down sneakers to get people back outside. The big-box stores with lots of stock for their lawn and garden department will have sales to get rid of it.
May: Mattresses, spring clothing.
During Memorial Day weekend, you will see discounts and coupons on clothing and mattresses. For clothing, wait until two months into season for big discounts, which means May is the prime time to buy spring clothing.
June: Lingerie; vacations; small appliances; pots, pans and dishware.
Victoria’s Secret unveils its semiannual sale in June, and many other lingerie stores follow. Wedding season starts in June, so look for sales on toasters, Crock-Pots and other typical wedding presents.
July: Back-to-school supplies, swimsuits, outdoor furniture.
Mid-July is the kickoff for the back-to-school shopping season. You will get good deals in July, but prices will dip further later in the season.
August: Wine, office and school supplies, laptops.
Look for deep discounts on backpacks, lunch totes and more. Big discounts for tech like laptops and tables for the students going to college.
September: Grills, older-model appliances, iPhones, paint.
New models usually come out in September, making for good deals on last year’s model. As the weather cools down, look for deals on grills and older appliances, because retailers want to clear out inventory.
New appliances come out in October, so Labor Day sales will get the old models out. Labor Day also marks the time to get your house ready for the winter. Paint goes on sale, with rebates of as much as $10 a gallon. Paint doesn’t go bad if stored properly, so buy it even if you aren’t working on your project right away, so you’ll have it when you get to your project.
October: Cars, denim, older-model appliances.
Car manufacturers also are trying to clear out inventory. The new car models come out in September, so look at the previous year’s model sin October.
November: Baking supplies, electronics.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer some of the best deals of the year on electronics and other items, and as retailers expand the holiday shopping season, expect to see those deals earlier and earlier.
December: Winter apparel, holiday decorations (after Christmas), champagne.
As consumers stock on up on champagne for New Year’s Eve, you would think demand would push prices up, but sometimes, retailers give deep discounts on items you want to buy to get you in the store to buy more stuff at full price.
▪ Download the Penn Station East Coast Subs app and register under the rewards section to receive an offer for a free six-inch sub.
▪ On Sept. 22, Baskin-Robbins will host its first nationwide Cappuccino Blast sampling from 3 to 7 p.m., treating guests to a free 3.5-ounce sample. At participating stores.
▪ Get a free Tummy Zen product — which provides heartburn relief — for as much as $9.99 after rebate. Fill out the form at Tummyzen.com to get the rebate form sent to you.
▪ Get a free 6-ounce cup of queso at Moe’s Southwest Grill on Sept. 21. Facebook.com/events/343877416057085/?
▪ Get free entrance at national parks on Sept. 30 to celebrate National Public Lands Day. NPS.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
▪ Want a free $5 Amazon gift card? Download the Coca-Cola Freestyle app and then buy and pour five drinks at a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. Go to Coca-colafreestyle.com for details. To find Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, go to the same website. Be sure to scan the QR code on the machine using your Coca-Cola Freestyle app. Once you have collected five QR codes, you’ll receive an email to claim a free $5 Amazon gift card.
▪ Time for new contact lenses? Walgreens.com has some great deals. You can save 25 percent on your contact lenses by using the promotional code SEP25. The code is good through October 15.
▪ Target stores in Lexington will host a free “LEGO Ninjago Movie” event for kids, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30.
▪ Recycle your old car seat at Target to receive 20 percent off upgrading your car seat until Sept. 23.
▪ Through Sept. 24, Domino’s is offering a buy one, get one free pizza. This offer is valid when you order carry-out online. If you aren’t already a Piece of the Pie Rewards member, sign up. For every order of $10 or more, you get 10 points. When you have 60 points, you’ll score a free pizza.
Deborah Morris’ every-other-week column, The Fru-Gal, can help you get more for less. Go to her website, Fru-gal-friends.com.