End of Summer Sales Take Advantage for your home too!
Back to school is just around the corner for us in the Pawleys Island area, and I recently read an article about the back to school shopping sales do's and don'ts.
Tax free weekend for school shopping has created a great and wonderful way to save money on other items for the home too, deals - which to avoid and which are legit. Here is the summmary of what I found:
During the months of August and September, many items are deeply discounted for back to school items. Items are not just for school anymore. The categories that may be worth doing a little more bargain hunting:
Electronics, computers, printers and small appliances
Computers - usually discounted 30 to 50% Cell Phones - often reduced 20 to 30% *however, if you are an Apple fan, it might be best to wait as new models are in the fall and hardware updates are absolutely expected.
Back to school basics like clothing, and supplies are all discounted about 20 to 25%
Sneakers/Shoes will be even more discounted up to about 30%
Linens - because so many students are starting back to school - their dorms will need to be stocked, so towels, sheets, linens, and small appliances such as microwaves are on sale too!
Cars - dealers have to make room for the next year's models on their lots
Home Improvements - Large Appliances - cooking
Kitchen - Autumn is the time that most new cooktops,ranges, and wall ovens come out. It only makes sense that the older models will typically have a discount. Floor models can be discounted by more than 50%. Really inspect the floor models - it is possible to ask for deeper discounts for those dings on the floor model - never hurts to ask. According to 22,000 Consumer Report readers, Best Buy beats Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears. Compare and have them compete for your business! Home centers like to wait to push their discounts of 15% or more on their leftover models.
Even deeper discounts happen for home improvements during the Labor Day Weekend holiday as "there is that one extra day to get those pesky home tasks completed". This could include paint, cordless tools, power tools, etc..
During the Labor Day sales events - retailers will often mislead with so-called blowout sales, but they can just markup the product to make 50% off sound good. Do your research on whatever you want to buy.
Refrigerators - it may be best to wait until spring to purchase new as new models come out May thru July.
Outdoor Items - patio furniture, lawnmowers, snowblowers, camping gear,etc.... also plants and shrubbery - Wait until September as most items will be slashed in half!
Furniture - Wait until February - New lines of sectionals, sofas, and the like are introduced in April after the High Point Market trade show.
Vacations - September and October are great for those budget vacations. The 24 to 48 hour sales are where most of the great deals can be had.
Gifts - Holiday shopping head start - bikes get discounted 10 to 40% in late summer, camcorders, wireless speakers, digital cameras - new models come out in the fall.
Wedding gifts - September and October are popular for weddings, so you will often find the china, dinnerware, glassware and flatware on sale 25-50%
Spa treatments, other servicers - may provide back to school discounts to relieve from all the stress you will have from all this shopping! Saving money and shopping savvy can help you buy a home!