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Annual sales that rival Black Friday

The best sales of the year aren’t just after Thanksgiving

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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While Black Friday is the most popular shopping day of the year, it’s definitely not the only day to score great deals on your favorite products. Mark your calendar with our monthly list of when to shop to get the best deals year-round. 

February sales

Find deals on travel and gourmet chocolate during the love month. 

Best things to buy:

  • Airline experts say February is the best time to book flights for your summer vacation.
  • Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends or your boo, you can totally capitalize on those post-Valentine’s Day chocolate sales.
  • Keep an eye out for President’s Day deals on mattresses, both online and at stores.
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    April sales

    Tax season can make April showers feel even gloomier, but plenty of companies counteract the tax time blues with special Tax Day discounts.

    Best things to buy:

    • Look for tax discounts at businesses, retail stores and local restaurants.
    • Many people who made New Year’s resolutions have quit by now, so fitness centers often run deals on gym memberships.

    May sales

    Summer marks peak homebuying season, which also makes it home-selling season.

    Best things to buy:

    • May is another great month to buy a new mattress, especially with deals over Memorial Day weekend.
    • If you’re ready to buy a home, this is the time to start looking. If you’re trying to sell this season, take a look at our list of home improvement tips to get your home market-ready.

    Being home for the summer can mean dealing with repairs on appliances and systems. If your appliances are getting older, consider investing in a home warranty to help cover the cost of future repairs.

    June sales

    Head out on that summer vacation you planned in February or plan another trip, perhaps to a tropical island.

    Best things to buy:

    • You can find great deals on Caribbean vacations in June.

    Before taking flight, make sure you install a home security system to protect your belongings while you’re on the beach soaking up the sun.

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      July sales

      Amazon Prime Day falls in July, which means it’s the perfect time to stock up on electronics.

      Best day to buy:

      • Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest shopping event of the year and features sales on everything from Bluetooth speakers to Roomba vacuums.

      September sales

      The tail-end of Back to School season brings another chance to get a deal on a new mattress.

      Best thing to buy: 

      • Find discounts and sales on mattresses over Labor Day weekend.
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      November sales

      November holds the busiest shopping weekend of the year! You can snag some of the best deals of the year on electronics during Black Friday and Cyber Monday,

      Best days to buy:

      • Black Friday features irresistible deals from your favorite brands, both online and in store.
      • Cyber Monday is the day to check out your favorite stores online. Click your way through discounts and score free shipping.

      December sales

      Merry day-after-Christmas! If you’re celebrating Christmas after Christmas, last-minute shopping could pay off.

      Best days to buy:

      • Post-Christmas sales are the best time to score deals on leftover Christmas stock.

      Honorable mentions:

      We can’t guarantee that you’ll get the best prices on these days, but keep an eye on ads during: 

      • Mother’s Day
      • Father’s Day
      • Tax-free weekends
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      by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

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