The Best Time to Buy Household Goods and Appliances

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Marlene is a frugal homesteader. Retired and living on a limited income makes saving money a valuable strategy for a comfortable lifestyle.

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Shop for the Best Buys

Consumers have come to rely on Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that works to make sure consumers have reliable knowledge about the products they buy. In addition to letting consumers know the good and bad information about products, Consumer Reports also lists which household goods and appliances are more likely to be found at a discount during certain times of the year.

Consumer Reports lists the products by month. However, I wanted a tool that showed the products in alphabetical order, and then allowed me to see which months were best to buy the product. So, I created an alphabetical chart, which you can find at the end of this article.

Be smart in your buying choices. Just because a merchant offers a product for sale does not mean it is the best price. Sometimes merchants increase the cost of a product in one month only to offer it at a discount in another month. Plan ahead before you make your purchase. Shop around to compare prices so you can make your purchases during a time when you can get the best prices.

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January

Many people establish New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight or work out, so it is a good thing that workout equipment is typically offered at a discount during the month of January. You will find Treadmills, elliptical machines, and bathroom scales at discounts.

TVs are also still on sale, so you are in luck if you want to purchase your big screen TV to watch the Super Bowl at your home.

Linen and sheet sales, better known as “white sales” have traditionally been held in January. Also, January is a good time to purchase your winter clothing.

February

Typically, the majority of the sales will be during the big holiday weekends such as Presidents Day and the days leading up to the Super Bowl Weekend. The cold dry air can cause misery for some folks. If you are in the market for a humidifier, February is a good month to find a good deal on this item. Indoor furniture is generally on sale during the month of February. Tax filing time is approaching, so if you want to use an online tax preparation program, February is the best month to purchase the software for doing your taxes online. February, as well as January, is a good month to buy winter clothing.

March

Springtime is a great time for sprucing up the body and the home. It is also a time when things such as interior and exterior paint and stains go on sale for deep discounts. And, to help you get ready for summer, you will find exercise equipment such as elliptical machines and treadmills.

If you like chocolate, the time between Valentine’s Day and Easter is a good time to find discounts on boxed chocolates.

Look for humidifiers to be on sale during March. You will also find a good deal on digital cameras and sound bar speakers, including the wall-mounted style.

April

April is the beginning of what merchants consider the beginning of the outdoor season. As consumers begin to spend more time outdoors, they are in need of outdoor products. So it is no surprise that outdoor products, such as lawn mowers, tractors, and gas grills go on sale in April. Also, look for outdoor and indoor carpet to be sold at discounts during the month of April. Consumers can also find discounts for humidifiers, digital cameras, desktop and laptop computers.

May

May is the month for Memorial Day sales. According to Consumer Reports, consumers can see discounts as deep as 50% off items such as paint, wood stain, decking, siding, roofing, mattresses, gas grills, air conditioners, vacuums, pressure washers, air conditioners, baby high chairs, and strollers. Also add desktop and laptop computers to the discount list.

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June

The month of June brings on warm weather and discounts on products related to summertime. Find personal care products such as sunscreen to be on sale at excellent prices. Personal enjoyment items like wireless speakers and camcorders are a great buy during June. Also, home improvement items like windows, siding, decking, and roofing products and supplies go on sale during the summer month of June. And, look for string trimmers to be on sale in June. June is a good time to buy summer sports gear, and if you still want to purchase exercise equipment, June is still a good month to buy treadmills and elliptical machines.

July

The discounts may not be as deep as in the Memorial Day sales held in the month of May, but during July, consumers can still find discounts on home appliances such as refrigerators, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators. Also find discounts on sunscreen and decking, siding, roofing products, indoor furniture, and interior and exterior paint. Just like in June, camcorders can still be found at a good price. July is the best month to buy summer clothing.

August

August is back-to-school time, so consumers will find plenty of discounts on school supplies. Other products to buy at a deep discount are air conditioners, dehumidifiers, snow blowers, flooring, vacuum cleaners, outdoor furniture, headphones, and printers.

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September

Consumers can still find plenty of back-to-school supplies at discounts, especially printers, laptops and desktop computers.

Also, many household appliances typically go on sale during September. Look for the best deal on washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, lawn mowers, tractors, leaf blowers, and interior and exterior paint. Still, camcorders are offered at a good buy. And if you are in the market for a digital camera or television, now is a good time to buy it. Look for snow blowers to be offered at an excellent discount.

October

October is the month to buy mattresses. Other household goods to buy in October are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, gas grills, snow blowers, lawn mowers, tractors, and GPS devices. If you are looking to buy a digital camera, desktop or laptop computer, October is a good month to buy these products.

November

Veterans Day, Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and Cyber Monday are holiday-related and special event times that make November a good time to buy products on sale. Look for televisions, refrigerators, blenders, coffee makers, camcorders, gas grills, GPS devices, and fitness trackers to be on sale at discounted prices.

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December

December is the gift-giving month, so almost every type of item can be found at a discount in this month. Some gift items you’ll find are kitchen cookware, headphones, wireless speakers, televisions, blu-ray players, e-book readers, tablets, cordless drills, camcorders, gas grills, GPS devices, fitness trackers, and fitness smartwatches.

Best Time to Buy Chart

The following chart is an easy reference chart, listing products in alphabetical order. Quickly see which months are the best months to purchase home appliances and products.

 
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Air Conditioners
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Baby High Chairs
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Back to School Goods
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Bathroom Scales
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blu-Ray Players
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Boxed Chocolates
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Camcorders
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
X
 
X
X
Carpet
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Decking
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
Dehumidifiers
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
 
Desktop and Laptop Computers
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Digital Cameras
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
E-Book Readers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Exercise Equipment
X
 
X
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gas Grills
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
GPS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
Headphones
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
X
Humidifiers
 
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indoor Furniture
 
X
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Kitchen Cookware
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Lawn Mowers and Tractors
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Linens and Sheets
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Major Appliances
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
X
 
 
X
Mattresses
 
X
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Outdoor Furniture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Paint & Stains - Exterior
 
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
 
 
Paint & Stains - Interior
 
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
 
 
Printers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Siding
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
Snow blowers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Strollers
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Clothing
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Sports Gear
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tax Preparation (online)
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TVs
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
X
X
Winter Sports Gear and Clothing
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shop Smart

I hope this article helps you shop for the household appliances and products you need at the best price during the best time of year to purchase them.

For shopping tips and additional buying guides, visit Consumer Reports to receive more helpful shopper comparison advice and tools.

Sources:

Best Time to Buy Things, Consumer Reports, https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/money/best-time-to-buy-things/index.htm. Website last visited 1/20/2018.

© 2018 Marlene Bertrand

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 weeks ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Devika Primić. Thank you for your positive feedback. You're right, some things are not affordable at the regular price, but if you can get a great deal on it, maybe there's hope.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 weeks ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello Chitrangada Sharan. This article was generated from my personal curiosity of when would be the best time to buy appliances. It's good not to be in a hurry because as I discovered, some seasons are better than others to buy.

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      Devika Primić 3 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas here. I learned lots from how to buy items and with nicely presented pictures it gives more an interesting perspective. Such items are not always affordable.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      That’s a great article and very good guide for consumers, who want to plan their purchases. Planning in advance can save money, and one can get the best deals as well, which are offered by sellers from time to time.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 weeks ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello Venkatachari M. It is an excellent tip that you added about off-season stock sales. And, now, I will be looking for those deals too. Thank you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 weeks ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Bill, thank you for your feedback and support. As you know, I'm building a house that (Lord willing) will be completed in May. I'm in the market for household appliances and wanted to know when was the best time to buy. This list is a product of my research. Like you, I'm in no hurry, so I can take time to shop and take advantage of the deals. Happy Sunday to you too.

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      Venkatachari M 4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very useful and interesting information. Most of the deals are good when made during seasonal sale offerings or even at off-season stock sales.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Very timely, my friend. I'm on the search for a mini-freezer. I'm really in no hurry, which is a benefit. I'm just looking for the best deal, whenever it appears. Thank you for this. I hope this finds you well. Happy Sunday to you!

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