To get the best price on both essentials and splurges, you have to be in the right place at the right time. By scheduling your purchases around the sales, you can buy everything you need without having to spend a lot of money. It can be a hassle, but luckily with this when-to-buy guide, you’ll be able to shop for the best deals.

New Year’s Day

It may be surprising to you that many retailers have sales at the beginning of the year. But Amazon, Target, and other big-box stores like Walmart tend to have a New Year sale with significant discounts. The reason is simple: they’re trying to get rid of extra inventory so they can restock shelves with new items.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In the United States, many department stores and other retailers will offer sales on clothing, beauty products, and home goods during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

Presidents Day

The long weekend that falls right after Presidents’ Day is the perfect time to get deals on furniture and household appliances.

St. Patrick’s Day

This is a good time to find special green gifts for your friends, who can wear them on the holiday or save them for next year. And much of that merchandise is marked down further on the day after St. Patrick’s Day.


Boutique shops, department stores, and online gift sites will have sales on spring apparel and treats right after Easter ends; this includes discounts on Easter baskets and gifts. Plus, you can buy discounted Easter candy right after the holiday is over.

Labor Day

Clothing and other items left over from the back-to-school rush go on sale at Labor Day sales.


Halloween is not a major shopping day on its own, but it is notorious for the discounts and sales that come from unsold costumes, candy, and decorations in early October.