If you're waiting until your refrigerator
gasps out its last breath of cold air to shop for a new one, you could be missing
out on a chance for big savings. Timing your purchases to coincide with manufacturer
discounts, clearance sales and off-season discounts will take the stress out of
finding a good price on almost anything.
We spoke with a few
experts to get the inside scoop on the best times of the year to shop.
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Best time: Winter
Common sense prevails
in the air-conditioning market, according to Diane Ritchey, editor of Home Appliance
magazine. "Think about when they're most in use -- May through September.
People feel the heat and they start to buy. The stock gets depleted, the demand
is higher and so is the price. When cool weather comes around, most people just
aren't into air-conditioner purchasing, so the demand drops, as does the price,"
Best time: It depends
There really is no best time
of the year to buy plane tickets. But, if you expect to travel around the holidays,
always plan ahead because deals are hard find.
can get a good deal for Thanksgiving and Christmas at any time -- buy it. That
is their peak period and airlines have a limited inventory," says Neil Bainton,
chief operating officer of Farecompare.com, a travel planning Web site that tracks
airline ticket prices.
In general, for nonholiday domestic
travel, Bainton recommends that travelers never buy tickets more than 90 days
away from their departure dates. "You want to watch the 21-day mark because
some carriers will file their lowest fares as a 21-day advance purchase. And then
the next window is at 14 days, which you really don't want to go by unless you're
feeling lucky, "says Bainton. Getting a good ticket price depends on the
competition in the markets you're flying to and from and the supply of seats versus
Fares can change at the drop of a hat; airlines
file updates to their fares three times per day: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
weekdays, with one filing on Saturday and Sunday. "Most of the lowest fares
are filed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and sometimes Saturdays. It depends on the carrier
and the market," says Bainton.
Best time: September and October
the fall clothing influx, new models of major appliance models such as ranges
and washing machines hit showroom floors in September and October, says Home Appliance's
Ritchey. At about the same time, last year's models go on sale to make room.
timing and seeing the patterns of the retail world can make a huge difference
in appliance shopping," says Ritchey.