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The Best and Worst Things to Buy Each Month of the Year

Our monthly guides will help you better plan your purchases throughout the year.

To you, intrepid deal-finder, shopping is both art and science. It takes hard work, planning, and a bit of luck. We can't help with that last part, but we can help with your preparation.

Every month, we here at DealNews go over our archives and figure out what is likely to be the best things to buy in the coming 30 days, and what you should hold off on. For some though, it helps to look forward even further still; you can check out our latest guide, or skim them all to get a sense of the best timing for big purchases throughout the year.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy Every Month

What to Buy in January
Good: Winter apparel, fitness equipment, home furniture
Bad: Electronics

What to Buy in February
Good: Electronics, HDTVs, outerwear
Bad: Valentine's Day-themed items, smartphones

What to Buy in March
Good: Chocolate, TVs, laptops
Bad: Spring apparel, lingerie

What to Buy in April
Good: Spring apparel, big-screen TVs, jewelry
Bad: Vacuums, mattresses

What to Buy in May
Good: Spring apparel, Memorial Day sales
Bad: Jewelry

What to Buy in June
Good: Lingerie, Caribbean cruises
Bad: Grills, Apple products

What to Buy in July
Good: August travel
Bad: Back-to-school items, grills, patio furniture

What to Buy in August
Good: Back-to-school items, grills, patio furniture, summer apparel, swimwear
Bad: Electronics

What to Buy in September
Good: Patio furniture, mattresses, the iPhone
Bad: Large appliances

What to Buy in October
Good: Denim, costumes, cars
Bad: Winter apparel, TVs, laptops

What to Buy in November
Good: TVs, laptops, cookware, candy
Bad: Toys

What to Buy in December
Good: Toys, tools, gift cards
Bad: Jewelry, electronics, calendars

Still want more? Check out our main features page to see all our latest guides and roundups.

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Originally from the Hudson Valley, Ben now lives in Brooklyn. He has an English degree from Harvard, and loves movies, theater, and cooking. You can follow him on Twitter at @BenDealNews and @BKGlaser.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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