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How To Get On The Bargain Hunt With Holiday SalesAre you in the mood for a bargain hunt? (Umm YESSS!!)

I always am too. It’s something my mom instilled into us when we were little.

Because you see, the more you save, the more you get for your money. And who doesn’t want to get more?!

Since money doesn’t grow on trees, it’s high time we “up” our shopping game and dig into those holiday sales to find the best deals for our money.

I’ve got some holiday sales ideas that will help you know when it’s the right time to buy and when you should wait so you get the most for your money.

Armed with the knowledge in this article, you’ll be more sales savvy so that you don’t get caught up in any of those flashy sale promotions, and instead, have a buying strategy to help you maximize your money.

In the next few minutes, you’ll have a buying strategy that’ll keep you from overbuying and overspending (yay!).

And, with the best holiday deals at your fingertips, you’ll know just how to attack those deals to maximize your money.

Are you ready for a bargain hunt? Let’s get to it!

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Seasonal Bargain Hunts

If you’ve been around True Money Saver for any amount of time then you should’ve learned that everything will go on sale…eventually. That means there’s a ton of potential for buying what you want at a lower price. Exciting, right?!

You probably already know that spring and summer items will go on sale in June and July. I mean it makes sense that these sales make room for all the new fall and winter items that the store will be filled with soon.

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And winter items will start going on sale in January after the holidays have ended.

Since most people aren’t buying in January because they are broke from their holiday spending, the demand is low, making prices go low too.

You can take advantage of this and be the best seasonal bargain hunter ever, by saving up some of your Christmas money (or plan for it and save up ahead of time) so you know to purchase when that price is so much lower.

Essentially this concept is buying after the typical season has ended.

Related Post: Here are 8 things you should wait to purchase until after Christmas.

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Hunting Ahead Of The Season

Before we hop into the Month-By-Month deals you’ll find throughout the year, we need to talk about the strategy of the “hunt”.

Most people don’t think ahead, which leaves the deals to the real bargain hunters.

Who would think of buying a snowblower in July? Those who know they’ll need one and are looking for a deal!

If you can buy winter weather gear at rock bottom prices in January and February, then why wouldn’t you?!

See how the strategy works? You’re shopping out of order. Shopping when you can get the best deal knowing you’ll need it later, instead of being at the mercy of the stores when you are desperate for the item.

You’re buying ahead for something you’ll need in the future because you can get it cheaper today instead of when it’s typically in season.

For my family, I always looked for larger sizes in kid clothes and shoes that were “out of season” so that I would have the clothes they needed on hand and could pay wayyyy less than the usual “in season” prices.

It’s these holiday sales ideas that will save you money all year long.

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Digital Bargain Hunting & Research

When you are looking for the best holiday deals, start your price comparisons ASAP. They say it pays to shop around and it’s true!

These are all the resources I use to hunt down bargain deals using my computer instead of going to multiple stores.

Check out CamelCamelCamel for Amazon shopping. This gives you the lowest, current, and highest price that an item has been on sale for on Amazon, as well as, a 3rd party comparison. It’s interesting to know how low an item has gone before so you can try to snatch up a deal when you see it. It also helps so that you don’t get robbed.

PriceGrabber and GoggleShopping list several sites so you can compare prices before you purchase an item.

Don’t forget to check for deals before you checkout. Can you add any coupons? Are there coupon codes that you missed? What about free shipping? Make sure you have checked for those extra savings before you click the checkout button.

The Honey browser extension can add some great savings to your sales during the holidays. It can help you even find those coupon codes to help you save more.

Did you know you could be saving more with rebates? You can! Rakuten is another site that will save you money by giving a portion of the sales back to you.

Set deal alerts on Brad’s Deals so you can find out when an item goes on sale. Neat, huh?!

Coupon Sherpa also has coupon codes that can help you save money.

Looking for a specific store? Check out RetailMeNot for tons of coupon codes and deals to help you bargain hunt. (PRO TIP: I keep this app on my phone and look up coupon codes while I’m shopping anywhere… from restaurants to clothing stores)

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for your favorite store’s email promotions to get notifications on sales and extra coupons too! Plus, download the store app to get even more deals and coupons (I use this strategy every time I shop for craft supplies)

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The Best Bargain Hunting Sales

While there are several large sales during the year, there are some smaller ones that you may not have thought of before.

Take a good look at these sales so you’ll be ready to hop on those deals when the time comes.

JANUARY

New Years – Check out the sales starting now that will get you to use those gift cards. While the sales may not be as good as Black Friday or Christmas, you can find some great deals on items that will be on clearance like winter gear and holiday items.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – The end of the month should see some great deals and clearance items. Big box stores should have some good deals on winter fashion, footwear, holiday items, and more. At some stores, you should be able to find deals on winter bedding, linens, furniture, toys, electronics, camping and hiking gear, and other home decor items. Deals on athletic wear and fitness equipment should be good too since people are still trying to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions.

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FEBRUARY

Valentine’s Day: You can find clearance jewelry and chocolates after the holiday has ended.

President’s Day: There will be some great deals on mattresses, furniture, winter gear, winter clothing, and appliances. Other deals include cell phones, space heaters, snow blowers, string trimmers, and tablets.

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MARCH

St. Patrick’s Day: Bargain hunt the clearance decor and candy after the holiday has ended.

While there are no other big holiday sales in March, you should be able to find deals on vacuums, space heaters, string trimmers, cameras, and air purifiers.

APRIL

Easter: Find great deals on eggs, ham, party foods, and organic foods. Find sales on baking supplies and spring clothes. Get better deals on decor, candy, and Easter baskets after the holiday to start your bargain hunt.

While spring cleaning isn’t a holiday, the spring cleaning sales on carpet cleaners, chainsaws, grills, leaf blowers, lawnmowers, tractors, vacuum, pressure washers, replacement windows, and weed whackers will usher in spring.

MAY

Mother’s Day: Catch the deals on jewelry, perfume, and other Mother’s Day gift items.

Memorial Day: Offers on large appliances, mattresses, cookware, BBQ supplies, and gear. Also check out sales for mattresses, large appliances, vacuum cleaners, cookware, small appliances, sunscreen, strollers, wood stains, paint, wireless speakers, camcorders, air conditioners, air mattresses, and bike helmets.

Hurricane Tax-Free Holiday: While all states don’t participate in a Hurricane Tax-Free Holiday, for those that do – pay attention! It’s a great way to stock up on items that you may need to get prepared for a hurricane. Read more about this tax-free holiday. 

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JUNE

Father’s Day: Of course you will find deals on tools for Father’s Day, but also check out the sales on TVs, electronics, cookware, blenders, smartwatches, steam irons, sunscreen, and strollers.

JULY

Fourth Of July: You’ll find a long weekend of sales to bargain hunt for on paint, summer clothing, suits, school, and office supplies.

Also, you’ll find a good number of deals on these items throughout the month:

  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Paint and wood stain
  • Home security systems
  • Dehumidifiers

Amazon Prime Day (usually mid-July): Amazon kicked off it’s Amazon Prime Day for 48 hours in 2019. There were deals on Kindles, vacuums, The Instant Pot, home security, deals at Whole Foods, and so much more.

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AUGUST

Back To School Sales Tax Holiday: Some states offer Back to School Sales Tax Holidays to help parents get their children supplied for school for less. Check out all the details to find out if your state offers these sales.

Check out all the deals you can get during the Back To School Sales Tax Holiday!

You’ll also find deals on:

  • Cooktops
  • Large Appliances
  • Printers
  • Headphones
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Routers
  • Vacuums

SEPTEMBER

Labor Day: Now is the time to stock up on all that spring and summer clothing as it will be at the lowest price ever.  Also check out deals on patio furniture, grills, lawnmowers, gardening equipment, and pool equipment. Plus, back to school sales will still be going on. Find more deals on cookware, kitchenware, and household decor taking advantage of the sales for the college graduates starting their homes (and high school graduates heading off to college).

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OCTOBER

Columbus Day: You may be able to find deals on jeans, swimwear, and cars. Look for deals on clearance toys making room for the Christmas stock.

Halloween: Find deals on costumes, candy, and decor. Although the best deals will be found on 10/31 and up to 2 days after the holiday.

NOVEMBER

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, & Cyber Monday: These are the busiest shopping days of the year so you’ll  find deals on:

  • TVs
  • Small electronics
  • Home furnishings
  • Seasonal apparel
  • Laptops
  • Vacuums
  • Cookware & so much more!
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DECEMBER

Cyber Week (usually the first full week in December): While this sale may be a continuation of the Black Friday sales, you should be able to find lots of great deals.

Free Shipping Day (mid-December): This free shipping day helps you to get your shopping done without the cost of shipping. Plus, you’ll be guaranteed delivery by Christmas!

Super Saturday (last Saturday before Christmas): Look for deals and coupons during the holiday sales to maximize your savings.

Christmas Day: While most stores are closed, you’ll find tons of deals right up to the last minute of shopping.

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Boxing Day: Mostly known outside of the U.S.A, this day is the day after Chrismas and full of the best deals to get rid of their inventory.

New Year’s Eve: After Christmas sales all the way up to New Year’s Eve.

Find deals during December on:

  • Toys
  • Games
  • Holiday decor
  • Winter clothing
  • Cookware, Electronics
  • Tablets
  • Tool
  • Small Appliances
  • Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches
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Why The Bargain Hunt Research Pays Off

Have you ever bought something right before it went on sale? I sure have. And nothing pains me more than that feeling of overpaying. That’s why doing a little bit of research ahead of time will not only help your budget but help your stress level too.

You see, I’ve gone back to the store way too many times to try to get the new sale price or discount and it’s such a hassle.

Learning how and when items go on sale, will not only help you now, but it will help you save so much in the future.

So I hope you’ve learned some holiday sales ideas to help you know when it’s the right time to buy and when to wait so you save your (hard-earned) money.

Plus, when you consider sales during the holidays, you’ll be savvier with your money and won’t get swayed by any of those flashy sales signs. Instead, you’ll have a buying strategy that’ll keep you lean and mean with your money.

And, with the best holiday deals at your fingertips, you’ll know just how to properly attack those deals.

YOUR TURN: What bargain hunt tips would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!

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