Posts Tagged ‘deals’

The True Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas in 2017

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Laura Lam

Purchasing the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” will only cost 0.6% more than in 2016, according to the 34th annual holiday economic analysis by The PNC Financial Services Group.  PNC calculated the 2017 price tag for the PNC Christmas Price Index at $34,558.65. That’s just $200 more than last year’s cost and less than the government’s Consumer Price Index, which increased 2.2% through September for the past 12 months. “The U.S. economy is growing at a sustainable pace, fueled by higher consumer confidence, low unemployment, modest wage gains and low interest rates,” said…

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 June

Posted on June 02, 2017 by Laura Lam

Warm weather, wedding season, and hurricane season all bring discounts in June. Consumers will also find continuing sales on some items that were good deals in May. Here’s a look at the best things to buy this month from Tropical Vacation – June signals the onset of hurricane season and sweltering temperatures in the Caribbean. For travelers willing to take their chances with the weather, this is the perfect time to scoop up deals on cruises and tropical vacation packages, especially for last-minute bookings. Alaskan Cruise – Mid-June marks the end of the off-season for travel to Alaska, a popular summer…

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 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 April

Posted on April 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

It’s officially spring, and retailers are preparing for warm weather and hotter sales. In April consumers will find deals on everything from travel to jewelry, as well as a few winter leftovers.  Although the selection of last season’s goods will be even slimmer than it was in March, prices may be deeply discounted.  Don’t be tempted by shiny new grills or bright new summer styles as better prices will be offered after the start of the season.  Here are this month’s steals and deals, from Car Accessories/Parts – April is National Car Care Month, so auto parts stores and service…

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…

What to Buy in February

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Laura Lam

When considering what to buy in February, remember that winter is half over and retailers want to clear out seasonal merchandise. Presidents Day also falls in February, giving many people a 3-day weekend and extra time to shop.  This combination offers consumers a month filled with deals galore.  Here are February’s steals and deals, according to Electronics – With Black Friday and Christmas long past, retailers are eager to sell leftover electronics to make room for new gadgets. January’s Consumer Electronics Show and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5 this year) spur deals on TVs, home theater systems, and other components….

What to Buy in January

Posted on January 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

Have you spent too much on Christmas presents? Are holiday gift cards burning a hole in your pocket? Either way, frugal shoppers will find plenty of bargains in January, although some things should be put on the “wait” list.  Here are this month’s steals and deals from BUY: CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY ITEMS – Prices on holiday-themed goods take a dive immediately after Christmas and continue to fall throughout January. By early in the month, prices should be at least half off, albeit on a dwindling selection. Still, it’s worth stocking up on holiday wrapping paper, ornaments, cards, and the like to…

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…

What to Buy in August

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Laura Lam

August is all about back-to-school deals. Even frugal shoppers without school-age kids can find big discounts this month on items such as electronics and office supplies. This is also the beginning of the end of summer, so August bargains include seasonal products. Cheapism shows us a dozen things consumers will find at cut-rate prices this month. Tax-Free Items – Some states offer tax-free shopping on select days in August. In most cases these sales tax holidays apply only to select goods, such as clothing and school supplies. Check your state government’s website for dates and restrictions. This could be a good…