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The Best Days to Shop in 2021

Here’s your what-to-buy-when guide for sales in the coming year.

 
US News        By Kristin McGrath            Jan. 11, 2021, at 9:12 a.m.
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Getting the best price on both necessities and splurges boils down to timing. By knowing when seasonal items are likely to go on sale and when major sales take place, you can buy everything you want but pay significantly less.

Given the pandemic, 2021 is a difficult year to forecast. However, retailers will likely throw their usual sales events, and the seasons will likely still influence which items go on sale and when. If you prefer not to shop in person, online shopping and curbside pickup (which retailers have rapidly expanded during the pandemic) give you plenty of ways to shop the same deals you'd find in stores.

Here are all the major sales to put on your calendar in 2021 so you can strategize your buys:

June

Things to buy:

  • Restaurant gift cards. Thanks to Father's Day and graduation season, many chain restaurants offer bonus cards with the purchase of a gift card.
  • Tools and grills. Home improvement stores mark down grills, power tools, lawn mowers, tool sets, garage organization items and more as Father's Day approaches. So June is a good time to update the contents of your own tool shed.

Important sales days:

  • Father's Day. In the lead-up to June 20, watch for sales on watches, menswear, shoes, wallets, TVs, tools and other popular gifts for Dad.

July

Things to buy:

  • Tech. Assuming Amazon moves Prime Day back to July (it was delayed in 2020), you'll find Amazon and all the retailers that compete with it offering deals on smart home devices, gaming systems, TVs and computers toward the middle of the month.
  • Furniture. Fourth of July sales tend to be heavy on furniture, so plan your kitchen table or sectional purchase accordingly.

Important sales days:

  • Fourth of July. With Independence Day on a Sunday this year, expect a weekend of sales.
  • Amazon Prime Day. The official date for 2021 won't be announced until a few weeks prior, but Prime Day generally falls in mid-July.

August

Things to buy:

  • Summer clothing and swimwear. With summer drawing to a close, retailers will want to clear the racks for fall.
  • School supplies and laptops. Thanks to the first day of school looming in late August or early September, big-box stores and office supply stores will offer deals on notebooks, art supplies, laptops and more. Apple also traditionally starts offering its back-to-school deals in August.

Important sales days:

  • Tax-free weekends. Many states offer tax-free weekends in August, during which sales tax will be waived on clothing, school supplies and even electronics in some states.

September

Things to buy:

 

  • Outdoor furniture and grills. Labor Day ends grilling season, so expect discounts on everything you'd use for outdoor entertaining. After September, patio furniture will be hard to come by, as retailers will stop stocking it during the winter.

Important sales days:

  • Labor Day. Clothing left over from back-to-school sales will be on sale, as will appliances and mattresses.

October

Things to buy:

  • Older iPhones. Apple usually announces its newest phones in September. So look for discounted older models in October.
  • Cozy clothing. As temperatures dip, retailers will offer tempting discounts on leggings, robes, sweats and joggers. You'll find better sales in January – but a bigger selection now.

Important sales days:

  • Halloween. Halloween itself isn't a major shopping day. However, it's the point at which any costumes, candy and spooky decor that didn't sell earlier in the month will go on sale.

November

Things to buy:

  • TVs and electronics. Thanks to Black Friday sales and pre-Black Friday sales, which start early in the month, November is the month to buy TVs, smart home devices, tablets, computers and smart watches.

Important sales days:

  • Black Friday. Traditionally, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but it's expanded into a practically monthlong event that has consumed all of November.
  • Cyber Monday. Nov. 29 this year, Cyber Monday offers online deals and typically replays many of the deals offered on Black Friday. It’s also known for clothing and travel deals.

December

Things to buy:

  • Toys and games. As Christmas approaches, retailers start discounting toys and games to avoid getting stuck with them after the holidays.

Important shopping days:

  • Super Saturday. The Saturday before Christmas and days surrounding it are filled with last-minute deals.
  • New Year's Eve. After-Christmas and New Year's sales typically run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

Source:     https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/articles/shopping-holidays-the-best-days-to-shop-this-year

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