It may seem like everything is on sale online all the time, but really that's not the case. The retailers still know that seasonal shopping sale can be money makers for them when promoted and executed properly. Therefore, the wise shopper will do well to anticipate the annual seasonal shopping sale and plan their purchases accordingly. The following seasonal sale calendar will help you to take advantage of the buying and selling cycle.
January Everyone knows about the after-Christmas sales on boxed cards, candies and decorations. This is also a good time to look for clearances on popular Christmas season gift items, especially winter clothing. New Year's resolutions usually include plans to exercise more regularly and to manage weight gains, so you can bet that online retailers will run sales on these items. This is also a month when people look for ways to organize their storage of many items.
Typical Seasonal Shopping Sale This Month: White sales on linens, bedding, and towels. Storage containers and organizers. Workout, sports gear, and weight loss equipment. Winter apparel. Planners, calendars, office supplies. Toys and games on clearance. Dishes, appliances, computers, electronics.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Appliances, furniture, computers, TVs.
February Presidents Day and Valentine's Day are mid-month events that give retailers excellent reasons to advertise flowers, candy, jewelry, and electronics.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Valentine candy and gifts. Jewelry. Fireplace items and heaters. Perfumes.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Used cars, electronics, floor coverings, housewares, snow blowers.
March With the season changing people usually start looking at new spring clothing fashions. It's also time to do some serious thinking about gardening. Easter often falls during this month.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Winter clothing on closeout. Spring fashion clothing promotions. Gardening supplies. Closeouts on ski and skate equipment. Shoes. Easter clothing, toys, and candy. Luggage.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Laundry appliances, ski equipment, storm windows, snow blowers, computers, TVs.
April Easter often falls during this month. National Garden month occurs in April.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Easter chocolates and other candies. Easter and spring dresses and shoes. Men's suits and ties. Lawn and garden equipment. Home improvement items, wallpaper and paint.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Lawn equipment, swing sets, swimming pools, vacations to Europe.
May Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Cinco de Mayo fall during May. This is also a time to look for shoulder season travel bargains.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Gardening supplies and home maintenance supplies. New summer clothes. Jewelry, watches, handbags, lingerie, and other gifts for mom. Outdoor barbeque items. Bug sprays, sunscreens. Auto maintenance.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Tires, appliances, outdoor patio furniture, seasonal travel.
June Father's Day and National Safety Month fall during June. Hot weather brings concerns for service work on air conditioning units. Camping and outdoor sports are popular during the next few months.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Building materials and lumber. Insect repellant and sunscreen. Outdoor lawn games. Patio furniture. Summer clothing, dresses. Father's Day gifts. Outdoor barbeque items.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, computers, electronics.
July The 4th of July holiday occurs. This is a big month for family vacations. Look for clearances on summer clothing and early sales on back-to-school items.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Bathing suits and sportswear. Summer sports gear. Shoes, hiking boots, and summer clothes. Lawn mower clearances. Radios and stereo equipment.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Floor coverings, air conditioners, used cars, vacation travel.
August There should be large back-to-school promotions this month. Look for clearances on summer sporting goods and camping equipment.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Barbeque and patio furniture clearances. Summer sporting goods. Pre-season ski equipment sales. Back-to-school supplies. Lawn and garden clearances. School clothes and backpacks. Laptop computers and printers for school. White sale items, linens and towels.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Air conditioners, new cars, furniture, vacation travel.
September This is the month for Labor Day sales and post Labor Day sales. Stores will be doing final clearances of summer goods and promoting early bargains in winter goods. Many new car models are introduced causing clearances of the current model year new cars.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Back-to-school clearances. Clearance sales on all summer sporting goods, lawn and garden, patio and pool, clothing and shoes. Bicycles, paints, rugs, carpeting. Ski equipment.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: New cars, computers.
October Halloween parties and sales occur this month. It is also a month to look for shoulder season travel bargains. Most stores begin stocking Holiday season decorations and gifts before Halloween now.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Halloween candy and costumes. Fall and winter clothing. Fishing gear. Closeouts on school supplies and school clothes. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers as this is Fire Prevention Month.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: New cars, houses, appliances, travel bargains.
November Veterans Day and Thanksgiving occur this month. The Holiday Season starts immediately after Halloween and officially starts after Thanksgiving. This is also a good travel shoulder season. It's wise to shop the pre-Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving sales for Christmas gift items.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Winter coats, boots, and gloves. Quilts and blankets. Room heaters. Thanksgiving food, turkeys, etc. Furnace services. Car tuning and car antifreeze services.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Travel bargains, new cars, used cars, appliances. Christmas gift shopping.
December Holiday Season is in full swing. If retailers are greatly overstocked look for last minute bargains just before Christmas. Look for post-Christmas sales.
Typical Seasonal Sales This Month: Christmas gifts, cards, wrapping. Holiday lights and decorations. Party foods and baking. Winter clothing. Bicycles. Toys. Perfumes. Calendars and yearly planners. Candles.
Typical Major Purchases This Month: Appliances, TVs, computers, travel bargains early in the month.
The wise shopper will target many of their purchases by using the seasonal shopping sale calendar. Be sure to stock up for a reasonable period whenever these seasonal sales opportunities arise.