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The Best (and Worst) Things to Buy Every Month of the Year

From gym memberships in January to toys in December, here's a handy guide to getting the best deals year-round.
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While everyone knows about the big sales that happen around the holidays, if you're like us, deal-hunting is an everyday activity. To help you find savings year-round, we've condensed our monthly buying guides down to a handy list highlighting the best (and worst) things to buy each month.

And be sure to click through to the full guides, where you'll get more detailed and timely information.

The Best (and Worst) Things to Buy Every Month


Buy: Gym memberships, bedding, towels, winter apparel, holiday decor, hotel stays, Broadway tickets, national park visits, and home furniture
Don't Buy: Smartphones, computers, and TVs


Buy: Discounted Valentine's Day gifts, winter apparel, home goods during Presidents' Day sales, DIY tax software, new TVs for the Super Bowl, and last-minute ski trips
Don't Buy: iPads, Android phones, luggage, ski and snowboarding equipment, and home improvement materials


Buy: Chocolate, frozen foods, St. Patrick's Day deals and freebies, gift cards, ski and snowboarding equipment, cold-weather clothing, high-end fashion, and luggage
Don't Buy: Lingerie, spring apparel, and Android and Windows phones


Buy: Spring clothing, Tax Day freebies, Tax Day travel, last-minute Caribbean cruises, early Mother's Day sales, Earth Day freebies, and thrift store furniture, appliances, and clothing
Don't Buy: Mattresses, tools and appliances, laptops, gardening tools, and running shoes


Buy: Spring clothing, appliances and cookware, party supplies, mattresses, home and office furniture, non-traditional Mother's Day gifts, and swimsuits
Don't Buy: Laptops and grills


Buy: Lingerie, free donuts on National Donut Day, outdoor gear, food and crafts for Dad, free fishing permits, fresh produce, gardening supplies, and gym memberships
Don't Buy: Grills, laptops, and TVs


Buy: Prime Day deals, Fourth of July sale clothing and outdoor gear, house paint, Steam games, and last-minute Fourth of July travel
Don't Buy: Laptops and grills


Buy: Tax-free purchases, summer apparel, shoes, laptops, back-to-school supplies, patio furniture, swimwear, wine, and air conditioners
Don't Buy: Grills, TVs, iPhones and iPads, and fall clothing


Buy: Labor Day sale apparel, previous-generation iPhones, textbooks, airfare, and bikes
Don't Buy: Newly announced iPhones, coffee, and appliances


Buy: Cars, costumes, European vacations, pizza, gardening tools, and plants
Don't Buy: Appliances, laptops, TVs, all things tech, and in-season apparel


Buy: Large home appliances, clothing, TVs, mainstream and bargain laptops, and video games
Don't Buy: Winter apparel, high-end laptops, gift cards, exercise equipment, and toys


Buy: Gift cards, toys, Christmas decorations (after Christmas), TVs, winter apparel, jewelry, champagne, wedding dresses, golf clubs, and cookies
Don't Buy: High-end electronics, new cars, exercise equipment, and Broadway show tickets

Senior Staff Writer

Stephen has been writing for such national and regional publications as The Village Voice, Paste, The Agit Reader, and The Big Takeover for 20 years, and has been covering consumer electronics and technology for DealNews since 2013.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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