Stores offer deals year-round to drum up business. Sometimes retailers need to clear their shelves for new product, other times they are trying to take advantage of a hot market while certain items are on consumers' minds. If you're getting antsy for summer, you're not the only one. Consumers and retailers alike are trying to anticipate upcoming shopping trends by offering great deals on some of your favorite summer supplies. So organize your garage, then hit the store while deals on these summer items are at their prime.
1. Fitness Gear
Early in the year, the demand for fitness gear is at an all-time high, so retailers draw in excited shoppers with discounts ranging from 30 to 70 percent off. This is a good time to get sleek workout clothes, but also splurge on bigger items. Machines like treadmills and ellipticals are offered at unbeatable prices, so this is the best time to build that home gym you've been dreaming of.
Unlike fitness gear, motorcycles drop in price early in the year because of a lack of demand. Few people dream about cruising the streets on a new bike in the dead of winter, except for those that set a New Year's resolution to do so. Because of the low demand, motorcycle retailers offer great deals in the winter.
3. President's Day Sales
Holidays are always a great time to find good deals, and President's Day weekend is no exception. Your favorite stores are sure to hold President's Day specials February 12 through 15, but online is really the place to go for the best deals. Flow Wall will be holding an out-of-this-world sale over President's Day weekend to help you prepare for an active summer. Don't waste those first few precious weekends of warm weather organizing the garage. Instead, take advantage of this sale and get your spring cleaning out of the way early.
Bonus: Luggage and Lawn Mowers
If you're willing to wait until March, some important summer items get discounted. In anticipation of summer travel, stores mark down luggage. This is a great time to stock up on rolling luggage, duffel bags, and backpacking gear. March is also a good time to score a deal on a lawn mower. Stores offer discounts in anticipation of warmer temperatures, so take advantage of that and get the lawn mower you've always wanted this spring. And since your garage will be organized thanks to your scores from Flow Wall's President's Day sale, you'll have the perfect place to store your new outdoor toy.
Discount Shopping Tips
Mid-season deals on in-season items can range from 40 to 50 percent off, but late-season deals get discounted between 50 and 75 percent. Just make sure you shop with caution, as selections and sizes become very limited later in the season. Keep an eye on discounted items you buy earlier in the season. If the price drops within 30 days of your purchase, most stores will make up the difference if you bring in your receipt. If you don't have time to make it to the store, many businesses offer deals online, sometimes better deals than you'll find on the showroom floor. Do your due diligence and compare online sales to in-store deals before pulling out the credit card.
Smart shopping can save you a bundle on summer goods. Just remember a deal on an item you don't need isn't a deal at all. Look for items that will fill a hole in your inventory or replace a shabby item, but avoid the temptation to buy something just because it's 80 percent off. What are you going to do with all the money you save during winter sales?
Sources http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/09/01/the-best-months-to-buy-everything http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Consumer/best-time-buy-guide/story?id=11199722