If you are a Winnipegger like me, you are always in line with getting a good deal. It’s always a good feeling when you end up paying for something less than the regular price. It is especially rewarding when you save money on something that you really want or need.
As most of you are aware, there are several times of the year where you can be frugal and save easy money on things you use. Granted, the deals may be few and far between, but saving money is saving money.
So just as the seasons change, so do the deals. Say you are saving up for a new fishing boat or a bigger Snow blower. Put it off for 6 months and buy when people are selling and stores are clearing out their stock or even use the extra savings to move up to a deluxe model! Let’s take a look at some of the best times to get those deals and save that money.
Vacationing at non-peak times can save you a lot of dough, provided you’re willing to deal with less-than-perfect weather. Caribbean cruises are cheaper during hurricane season while trips to Europe are more affordable from November through March, when the weather turns cold and rainy.
“Off-season airfares are usually hundreds of dollars cheaper. With fewer crowds, you should also find you can sleep for less: Many fine hotels drop their prices, and budget hotels will have plenty of vacancies.
Off-season travel isn’t without its drawbacks though. Not only do you need to prepare for lousy weather, but there’s also the possibility that certain tourist attractions may be closed or have limited hours. Be sure to check ahead of time so you can be sure you’ll be able to see all your most popular destinations and attractions
- Real Estate.
Yes, there is an off-season for real estate. Shopping for a home during the winter months could save you money, since there tends to be less competition among buyers that can drive up prices. Plus, people who list their homes in the winter may be eager to sell quickly, perhaps because a job loss or other event is forcing them to move. Off-season sellers are typically more motivated, thus should be more willing to make a deal. There can also be more flexibility with Date of possession when there is no summer rush to relocate a family that requires finding a new school for their children.
- Outdoor Furniture
As temperatures turn cool in September into October, box stores tend to slash prices on outdoor items such as lawnmowers and BBQ’s. The fall is also a good time to get a discount on patio furniture. Big box stores are not set up to store the furniture they haven’t sold. So instead, they cut the prices of their inventory in October to quickly get rid of it making it a great time to buy.
- Gym Memberships
Typically a lot of people sign up for new gym memberships in January, intent on sticking to those New Year’s weight-loss resolutions. But you can save if you wait a few months until June to find your favored gym when many people are more focused on outdoor activities than indoor exercise. You’ll find lower fees and possibly free enrollment to lure you to their treadmills. This is when you will see those “Try us out for ….Weeks for Free” specials.
- Holiday Decor and Cards
Your best time to buy holiday cards and décor is just after the celebration in question, when unsold items go on clearance. We have all seen discounted Christmas cards, wrapping paper, and ornaments in the weeks after the December holiday and Halloween decoration at the beginning of November. But what about the week after Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Easter?
It is surprising how many people will sell their boat or water craft in the fall when they are planning to upgrade to a newer model before spring. The same thing applies with selling snowmobiles in the spring. It could be a way to make more room in the garage or yard, or to raise a little cash for something more important. In any case selling almost any type of recreational vehicle will surely attract more buyers and a higher price at the start of the season.
If you’re looking to get married in the winter, you will have more of an upper hand with your vendors and wedding professionals. Keep in mind that the off-season in your area will be determined by climate.
Getting married during a Winnipeg winter can save you a lot on most accounts.
- Sports Gear
The spring months of March and April are the best time to find bargains on winter sports items like snowboards and skis. Discounts can be extremely high since there is such a high mark-up on these goods. April is also a good time to shop for gloves, hats, winter coats, and sweaters.
Once you have your new gear, you don’t have to wait until next winter to try it out. Spring can also be a great time to score a deal at ski resorts or finding ice time at local arenas.
- Buying a New Vehicle
- Manufacturers are looking to improve their year-end sales figures, and thus offer discounts to customers at this time of year,
- Dealerships want to reduce their overhead/inventory, and offer incentives to get rid of vehicles for which they’ve held onto for too long,
- Car dealerships sell fewer vehicles at this time due to colder temperatures and icy roads . These deterrents tend to keep people indoors resulting in price drops.
It’s important to remember this one fact – New Vehicles are not necessarily cheaper in December. However, they may come with bonuses that you probably wouldn’t find at other times of the year. These incentives are usually dealer-specific. Ultimately, these deals are better than no deal at all.
We are mostly creatures of habit and will wait in line with so many others to find sometimes the best deals of the year on Boxing Day and Black Friday. While the best discounts are with electronics there are other products that can be purchased at a better price for the sake of merchants making room for new models.
If you can remember all or some of the other opportunities listed here, you will surely save lots of cash and not just be caught up with the typical Boxing and black Friday frenzy.