Everybody knows one. You know the people I'm talking about -- super shoppers! If you know one of these amazing people, you often stand back and just shake your head, wondering how on earth they always find such fantastic deals.
#1 secret of super shoppers
The number one secret of super shoppers? Cycles. That's it. Everything that goes on sale goes through cycles, whether it's food, clothing, or miscellaneous merchandise. Shoppers that always find the sale know this and take advantage of it. Savvy shoppers don't buy coats in the Fall when they are at their highest. No, no, no. They buy coats in January when coats are on sale and buy for next Winter.
You see, super shoppers have learned a trick. They don't buy what they need right when they need it. They plan ahead and 'stockpile' when the items are on sale. When lawnmowers go on sale at the beginning of the summer, if they're in the market, they wait until the end of summer, buy, and save it until next year.
The same applies for food. Don't buy food when you have a 50-cent coupon thinking you're racking up the savings. Learn the cycles of food sales, and combine your coupons with the sales. Stockpile the food that is on sale.
With this in mind, here are the cycles of sales for merchandise:
-- Christmas decorations - up to 90% off
-- Outdoor gear
-- Winter coats - up to 75% off
-- CDs and DVDs
-- Winter clothes
-- Valentine candy -- after Valentine's Day
-- Houses and Condos
-- Small Consumer Electronics -- MP3s, digital cameras, etc.
-- Video games -- what didn't sell at Christmas
-- China -- new patterns are about to be released
-- Winter sports gear
-- Electronics -- Japan's fiscal year ends in March
-- Athletic apparel
-- Cordless phones
-- Small appliances -- Mother's Day
-- Tools -- Father's Day
-- School supplies
-- Furniture -- getting ready for Fall inventory
-- Pool toys
-- Patio furniture
-- Air conditioners
-- Camping equipment
-- Summer clothes
-- Inflatable pools
-- Gas grills
-- Shrubs, trees, perennials
-- Lawn mowers
-- Baby products
-- Halloween items
-- Christmas items -- after Christmas Day
-- Wedding dresses
Become a super shopper
See, it's really not that hard. Learn this list of keep it handy. When you need something, check the list to see when it's most likely to be on sale. Buy it then, when it's at its lowest price. You too can become a super shopper.