As August comes to a close, the air turns cool, leaves begin to change, and one of my favorite seasons, fall, makes its entrance.

Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us and the last part of 2018 will be over. As you begin to think of how you might save in the new year, why not begin by focusing on what you can save on in the coming months?

Each month of the year has its specialties and knowing what to buy and when can save you lots. Here’s your go-to shopping guide for October, November, December:

October

With the back-to-school rush over, October is the prime time to find school supplies and clothes at their best sales. Take the time to stock up for next year’s school year and find summer clothing at a steep discount.

A part from school supplies, October is also your month to purchase outdoor and hiking gear.

As the weather cools the demand for outdoor gear and furniture has a tendency to drop. Ergo, if you’re in the market for patio furniture, grills, gardening or lawn supplies, or even camping gear, October is the time to stock up.

Last, but not least, if you want to get ahead of next year’s Halloween, consider purchasing a supply of Halloween candy come the end of the month when it will all go on sale.

November

With November comes the ultimate sale days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even if you’re not a Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopper, November is still the time to shop if you’re in need of electronics and appliances. As newer models get unveiled, the previous year’s will receive a significant markdown. The best deals you’ll find will come on items like kitchen appliances, gaming systems, and tablets and laptops.

Moreover, if extra tools are a necessity of yours, November is an ideal time to visit Lowe’s or Home Depot to find them at discount.

Furthermore, if you’re a bride-to-be you may want to use the month of November to find your wedding dress. Bridal stores will stock up for the spring, with December being one of the most popular engagement months, and will need to clear out old inventory. Hence, you could find your dream dress for half the price.

December

As the year comes to a close in December, new models, especially of cars will begin rolling out. If you’ve been thinking of buying a new car, you may want to take a tour of the car lot come December. Between new models on the horizon and the slowness of December, you might find that vehicles are not only at a lower price, but that you have much more room to negotiate.

Odd as it may sound, December is also the best time to purchase toys. The closer it gets to Christmas, the deeper discounts you’ll find, as retailers hope to push out their holiday inventory. So, if your child has been asking for the latest and greatest wait until December to find it at its best price.

In addition to toys and cars, if you’d like to take up golf come next spring and summer, purchase your clubs and supplies in December.

Summary

Saving money is always good, especially on bigger ticket items like appliances, electronics, and cars. That being said, unless you’re someone who watches prices on a regular basis, knowing the best time to purchase said items isn’t always easy.

Thankfully each month of the year has a tendency to come with sales and discounts of various items. Before making your purchase, take a look at monthly spending guides to ensure your making your purchase in the right month.

Do you participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday? What are some other great deals you’ve found in the fall?


About Kayla Sloan

Kayla Sloan is a freelance writer who covers business and personal finance. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Time, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Kayla is passionate about helping people improve their finances so they can pursue their dreams.

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