Are you one of those shoppers that lives for a sale? Do you voraciously rip apart your Sunday paper for coupons and ad circulars that show items heavily discounted?
Congratulations to you if you are a smart shopper. Not only do you save lots of money, but you have learned the art of frugality. There is such a thing about being frugal without being cheap. It has to do with buying your items out of season.
These types of sales are found a lot when it comes to fashions, both male and female. A woman looking for that perfect power suit for work might find the best bargains for these suits in late winter or early spring, when collections of suits may go on sale in anticipation for summer and lighter clothing. If a man wants to stock up on sweaters for winter, the best time to look for these is spring and summer when sale prices might be at their best.
The best times to buy items of clothing that are geared toward a particular time frame is out of season. Don’t wait too long, however. If you are one of those shoppers that buys based on what is in style, what was in fashion this year may be out of fashion next year. You don’t want to be stuck with clothing that might look garish or outdated. Likewise, stock up on sale items before the manufacturers restock shelves with newer clothes. You are more apt to get deals on long-sleeve shirts in short-sleeve weather, before the calendar turns and new long-sleeve clothing comes in.
Are you a person that shops for certain holidays? Wait until after a holiday is over before you swoop in and buy something. Costumes for Halloween can still be found on many store shelves in the first week of November as stores try to rid excess inventory. A way to find good deals is not to be too trendy. What people are talking about in 2012 for Halloween costumes may be out of style in 2013, but straight costumes like firefighters, doctors, French maids, witches or sports players will never go out of fashion.
When the Christmas shopping season is finished, stores often sell excess items such as leftover artificial trees, lights, ornaments, cards and wrapping paper. That is the time to head to the nearest store and stock up for the next year. Your wallet will thank you, because there are plenty of deep discounts to find on certain items.
Wanting to go on vacation? Find out when peak time for your favorite destination is. It should come as no surprise that places like Disneyland are busiest when the kids are out of school. Visit domestic and foreign places out of season and often you will save money on hotels and airfare.
Serious shoppers can keep their checkbook balanced, maybe even have money to spare, if they hunt for bargains. From fashion to travel and everything in between, there are bargains to be found. You just have to have a nose for sales.