Posts Tagged ‘bargains’

What to Buy in October

Posted on October 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

When it comes to shopping, October is an odd month sitting smack in the middle of the back-to-school frenzy and the holiday extravaganza. But there are plenty of October deals to be had. The best buys range from leftover items from previous months to goods discounted in advance of the big shopping days to come. Halloween Stuff – Unless you bought a costume and decorations last November, when prices were at their lowest, be on the lookout for bargains this month. The closer the holiday, the bigger the deals, as retailers try to clear the shelves by Halloween. However you won’t find many…

What to Buy in May

Posted on May 05, 2017 by Laura Lam

As warm weather moves in and the school year winds down, May is the time to prepare for summer celebrations. Stock up for graduation parties and Memorial Day barbecues with deals on household goods and entertaining essentials, among other bargains.  Here are this month’s steals and deals from Cheapism.com. Kitchenware – Cookware and small kitchen appliances are promoted heavily in May as retailers target college graduation and wedding season. Wrap up a set of pots and pans for a grad’s first apartment, or shower newlyweds with kitchenware that will last for years. For more discounts, keep an eye out for…

What to Buy in March

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

The weather in March may be variable, but retailers stick to a seasonal schedule no matter what – and that means savings for smart consumers. March is the time to hit end-of-season sales, fill the larder, and prep for warmer weather. Many February deals may still be in effect – but with much smaller selections.  Also, don’t expect to find deals on many big-ticket items.  Here are this month’s steals and deals from Cheapism. Buy: Valentine’s Day Chocolate – While the last half of February saw a decent selection of discounted chocolate after Valentine’s Day, the treats still on the shelves in March will…

Cautious Cupid: Consumers More Frugal this Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

After a decade-long increase, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to decline this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics.  U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $136.57, down from last year’s record-high $146.84. Total spending is expected to reach $18.2 billion, down from $19.7 billion last year, which was also a record. “This is one day of the year when millions find a way to show their loved ones they care regardless of their budget,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.  “Retailers recognize that their customers…

What to Buy in November

Posted on November 04, 2016 by Laura Lam

To buy or not to buy in November? That’s the big question as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks off. Between Black Friday and other holiday promotions, seemingly everything is on sale this month, as retailers advertise “the biggest discounts of the year.” Cheapism lets us know  what’s really worth buying in November — and what will be discounted further in the weeks following. Halloween Novelties – When Halloween is over and done, retailers waste no time clearing the shelves. Now is the time to find next year’s costume, often at half off. Halloween decorations and candy are also…

Back to School: Bigger Kids Bring Bigger Bills

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Laura Lam

Yesterday, we learned what parents of K-12 students will be spending this fall.  Today, we’ll focus on higher education costs.  College students and families with children in college plan to spend an average of $888.71, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey.  That’s down slightly from $899.18 last year, but total spending is expected to be up at $48.5 billion compared with $43.1 billion last year due to an increase of consumers shopping for back-to-college. “Whether it’s laptops for class or mini-fridges for the dorm, college simply costs more than the lower grades,” Shay said. “Some of these big-ticket…

Back to School: Families to Spend Billions More in 2016

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Laura Lam

For many families, getting ready to go back to school is not only a time-consuming process – it’s an expensive one.  The average family is expected to spend more freely on school and college supplies this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. Total spending for K-12 and college is expected to reach $75.8 billion, up from last year’s $68 billion. Families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average $673.57 on apparel and accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies, up from last year’s $630.36 for a total of $27.3…

Items to Avoid on Black Friday 2015

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Saldutti

Black Friday has become synonymous in our minds with great deals. Often, the deals are impressive as businesses compete for shoppers’ attention and dollars. But there’s a dirty little Black Friday secret.  Just because you’re buying on Black Friday doesn’t mean you’re getting the biggest savings. You might do better buying before or after, depending on the product. But how do you know? Every year, software giant Adobe uses its Adobe Marketing Cloud to crunch numbers and make predictions about the upcoming season. Adobe says that it’s been accurate within about 2% every year so far. This year, it examined 55 million…

What to Buy in May

Posted on May 01, 2014 by Saldutti

As the warm weather moves in and schools let out for summer, May is the month to buy household goods and entertaining essentials. It’s the perfect time for stocking up ahead of summer celebrations. Prepare for graduation parties and Memorial Day barbecues by finding deals to prep your food (cookware and BBQ supplies) and make your guests happy (party supplies).  Here is a complete list of this month’s steals and deals from Cheapism.com. Cookware, small appliances, and refrigerators – Cookware promotions are plentiful in May as retailers target college graduation and wedding season. For more discounts, keep an eye out…