If you missed out on Amazon Prime Day and all the mega deals it had to offer, no need to wait till next year to scoop up savings. Beyond Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday shopping sales such as Memorial Day and Labor Day, certain items tend to go on sale at various times throughout the year. That means planning your purchases can really help you get the most bang for your buck. Not to mention that spacing out big-ticket purchases can make it easier on your budget.
We also realize that you have no control over when your aging dishwasher finally goes kaput. While there are generally good times to scoop up these items, you can always find a deal if you shop smart—something we can lend a hand with. To stay on top of the latest sales on tried-and-true products, follow our Deals coverage or subscribe to our newsletter. And if you have a question, you can always get in touch.
In the meantime, read on for when to plan to purchase everything from computers to appliances, broken down month by month.
Shop for linens in January
Wait until January to snag brand-new towels and a pair of discounted sheets, when many department stores hold “white sales” on these items. After testing, the Parachute classic towel ranked at the top of our list of the best bath towels—it’s absorbent, plush, and very comfortable.
Browse for laptops in February
While back-to-school season is often the go-to period to purchase a new laptop, the beginning of the year is ideal as well. As executive editor TJ Donegan explains, end-of-year models tend to see a price drop a couple months into a new year and still often come with the latest features you can expect from newer products.
Luggage deals roll out in March
According to Reader’s Digest, March is the best time to purchase new luggage. Even if you don’t have a trip planned, don’t put off buying luggage until you need it, especially if you won’t have much time to research durable options by then. And what better way to get through a global pandemic than a little retail therapy for future, safe getaways?
In an effort to avoid airline baggage fees, many people opt to travel with only carry-on luggage nowadays. Sound familiar? We’ve got some ideas for you. Overpackers, meanwhile, can confidently upgrade to the expandable Travelpro Platinum Magna 2, which reigns as our top pick for checked luggage.
For those who prefer a hard-sided option, we’re also fans of Away’s large suitcase. In addition to its sleek appearance, the flexible polycarbonate shell can stand up to being jostled around in an airplane’s hold, and the clever pockets inside will keep everything organized.
Pick up a new vacuum in April
Our in-house cleaning guru Jonathan Chan says that April is a great time to take advantage of spring cleaning sales if you’re in need of a new vacuum. The Dyson V11 Torque Drive got the top honors as far as the best cordless vacuums thanks to its long-lasting battery and the fact that it scooped up 95% of the dirt in our lab tests.
Looking to skip some of your household duties? Out of all the affordable robot vacuums we’ve tested, the Eufy Robovac 11s wins our approval. It’s quiet, picks up a fair amount of dirt, and its slim design navigates tight spaces and corners.
May is for discounted mattresses and refrigerators
Mattresses are on sale at various points in the year, and May is one prime opportunity, as it lines up with Memorial Day sales. We recently ranked and reviewed several mattresses-in-a-box, with the Leesa Hybrid taking the No. 1 spot as the best upgrade without a high price tag.
May is also an ideal time to buy a new refrigerator, as this is when new models tend to hit the stores, putting last year’s models at a discount. If you have a counter-depth fridge in mind, we’re fans of the Frigidaire FG4H2272UF because it doesn’t sacrifice storage space with its streamlined style. We’ve done tons of research for other types of refrigerators, too.
Build your home gym in June
According to Livestrong, June is often a good time to invest in fitness equipment like a new treadmill or elliptical, as it’s when fitness retailers are often beginning to clear inventory. There are many high quality, yet affordable, treadmills on the market right now, but be sure to consider what characteristics best fit your needs before making your purchase.
Redecorate in July
July is often a great time to find deals on indoor furniture such as couches, tables, and chairs, as new showroom styles tend to hit the stores the following month, per The Spruce. To jumpstart your search, check out our guide on the 20 best places to buy furniture online, including spots like Wayfair, Walmart, and beyond.
Retailers cut lawnmower prices in August
August is the ideal month to get a good price on a new lawnmower, according to HouseLogic. As boring a purchase as it may be, it’s a must for most homeowners, and can be a pricey one at that. Pro tip: Sharpen the blades and adjust the settings to avoid making these common lawn care mistakes.
If you want to save even more money and don’t have too much ground to cover, opt for a push mower over a self-propelled one to keep a couple hundred dollars in your pocket.
Shop for a new grill in September
Good news for your Labor Day barbecue: September is the best time to buy a new grill, according to The Spruce Eats. We chose the Weber Spirit II E-310 as the best gas grill. It’s sturdy and has a well-built design, plus it cooks and sears meats and veggies to near perfection.
Replace large appliances in October
Reviewed’s lab team—which has had its hands on thousands of appliances—says that the final weeks of September into October are prime time to buy a new dishwasher or washer and dryer. This is when new models start rolling into stores, driving down the price tags of last year’s versions.
The LG LDF5545ST, which typically retails for around $670, ranked highest among the best affordable dishwashers for its lack of noise and impressive cleaning ability. We’ve also got you covered if you’re looking for a dishwasher with a third rack.
Watch out for TV sales in November
It should come as no surprise that November is the best time of year to buy televisions, as they’re often one of the stars of the Black Friday show. The 65- and 75-inch TCL 65Q825 is our current pick for the best smart TV for its impressive brightness, tight contrast control, and built-in Roku platform.
And if your budget is squeezed by your holiday purchases, our resident tech expert Ryan Waniata says you can check out deals in a few months when the Super Bowl rolls around.
Upgrade small appliances in December
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales spilling into the holiday season, December is a great time to buy up small appliances for yourself or as gifts for loved ones. Check out our guides on items like the best air fryers, electric griddles, and pressure cookers before you begin browsing.
Our cooking expert Valerie Li Stack says it’s also a good time to score deals on coffee gadgets—you may be able to snag a discount on appliances like our favorite coffee makers. We love the Technivorm Moccamaster, which brews a smooth cup of coffee and looks great on your kitchen counter, too.