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Smarter Savings: Time Summer Shopping Right

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If you're a frugally-minded mom, you're probably always watching the Sunday circulars and online deal sites, looking for bargains on things you want and need. When that happens, you'll swoop in with the precision of a hawk and score a great price on great stuff.

But what you might not know is that timing is crucial. For example, you might want to hold off on buying your new grill in, say, March. Why? Because they start going on sale shortly before Memorial Day and the sales keep on rolling right through Fourth of July. There are some great deals available now tied to Father's Day....but that dream grill you've been coveting doesn't have to be a gift for that special dad in your life, it can stay right on your own patio.

This is one of the only times of year you'll find great deals on tools, too. Do-it-yourselfers always have one or two tools they're hoping to add to their collection, which makes them great Father's Day gifts (or Mother's Day, in my case...I have actually purchased a miter box as a Mother's Day gift for my handywoman mom and no, I don't know exactly what it is). They're also outstanding and incredibly useful graduation and wedding gifts...they might not have registered for a basic set of tools, but they'll thank you the first time they don't have to attempt mounting a window blind using a butter knife on the screws.

Similarly, now is a great time to stock up on outdoor recreation equipment like canopies and tents. The camping season hasn't totally kicked off yet, but as your summer plans firm up as school draws to a close you might find yourself in a need of a tent or simply a screenhouse to enjoy your backyard without being bombarded by bugs.

What sales are you planning to take advantage of this month?

by on Jun. 3, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jun. 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM

i do have to buy my kids new summer clothing :-) 

by on Jun. 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Not much. We're cutting back on spending.

by on Jun. 21, 2011 at 12:15 AM

We could use a new rechargeable lantern for camping.

by on Jun. 21, 2011 at 4:05 AM

end of season can also be a great time to buy. Display models are on clearance, and a lot of places want to get rid of inventory.

by on Jun. 21, 2011 at 11:45 AM

We are thinking of getting the girls bunk beds. They are $130 off right now.

by on Jun. 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM


Quoting Tnamari:

 *** we went to sears yesterday and got DH a meter, the man signed us up for the craftsman club, and it is good for sears AND kmart-whoohoo! just thought I'd throw that out there ;)

 LOL.... good

by on Jun. 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Not much...not enough money.

by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Any clearance sales I find are pretty much golden for me.

by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:43 PM

any outdoor items

by on Jan. 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM
I always buy my husband new tools in June :)
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