Shop smart: Save big with these winter shopping tips

When is the best time to get good prices on big ticket shopping items?

Fall is in full swing, which means winter is right around the corner. That also means the biggest shopping season of the year is right around the corner. Indeed, it’s an expensive time of year, but you can save yourself some money by making sure you buy your big ticket items at the right time. When is the right time? Find out below.


  • Jewelry
    The period between December and Valentine’s Day is slow for the bling business. In fact, if you are planning on buying your significant other some adornment for Valentine’s Day, the prices in early January could be drastically different from what they will be a month later.
  • Two wheels and a seat
    In cold weather parts of the country, folks don’t think of winter as the best time to ride with the wind in their face. As a result, they tend to not buy their new wheels then. Retailers know this and try to sell motorcycles and bicycles after the holidays.
  • Video games
    Games have become a hugely popular holiday gift request for people of all ages. Retailers know this and hike up the prices. After the holidays, a lot of the price inflation levels out and the costs come down to perhaps the lowest level of the year.
  • Big ticket items
    You can strike a good deal during these cold months if you are planning on buying a vehicle or if you are house hunting.
  • Phones and cameras
    Electronic trade shows happen in January and February, which means new models of some high-priced electronics are unveiled. If you can wait until after these shows are over, you can get a perfectly fine “old” model for a great bargain.
  • Things for next winter
    Whether it’s holiday decorations or winter clothes, a “stock-up and stash” approach could save you a bundle after the holidays. Just be sure you have the room to stash and avoid paying for storage elsewhere.

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