What to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2021

Shop white sales in January, gym deals in June, and gift card freebies in December.
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Most shoppers know that holidays bring on tons of sales, whether it's mattresses for Presidents' Day or clothes for Memorial Day. But savvy consumers know that savings can be had at any time — as long as you know what to buy each month.

You can get great discounts when shopping for different products, even if that means searching for spring clothing during the summer or buying grills in the fall. To learn more, check out our cheat sheets about what to buy every month of the year in 2021.

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Buying Guide for 2021

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January

It'll probably come as no surprise that January is an excellent time to look for home fitness equipment. But the first month of the year is also a popular time for "white sales," which feature major discounts on bedding and towels. Better yet, January brings noteworthy savings on winter clothing, and especially on winter coats.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in January.


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February

If you're looking for Valentine's Day gifts in February, keep an eye out for savings from stores like Kohl's and Amazon. And don't forget to check the shelves on February 15 — any leftover candy will fall in price, as will those classic stuffed bears holding hearts. In less romantic news, Presidents' Day sales will bring deals on a variety of home goods.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in February.


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March

With St. Patrick's Day in March, most people are expecting deals on green beer. But better St. Paddy's discounts are out there — Dell Refurbished Store will likely have modest discounts on electronics, and DiscountMags will probably cut prices on magazine subscriptions. We also tend to see a fair amount of cruise deals during this month, as the "wave season" is wrapping up. You can watch for the best gift card deals in March, too, and savings on TVs and luggage.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in March.


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April

April is a good time to shop for spring clothing, which means you'll actually be able to wear those breezy new outfits right away! Expect discounts of up to 70% on warmer-weather items — and even some winter gear. Tax Day is another April staple, and many retailers should offer freebies around April 15. Earth Day is also good for freebies, and it even coincides with National Park Week.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in April.


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May

With Memorial Day at the end of the month, be prepared for noteworthy May deals on appliances and mattresses. And right before Memorial Day, expect swimwear to see discounts of 50% at select retailers. However, the month will kick off with May the Fourth sales, which offer a perfect opportunity to snag Star Wars merchandise.

Even better for nerdy shoppers, Free Comic Book Day is also at the beginning of May. And Mother's Day typically brings so-so offers on flowers, cards, and such. But May is actually a good time to buy Mom gifts that aren't flowers.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in May.


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June

During June, gyms will likely offer deals similar to what we normally see in January, and their deals may be even better this year. Because everyone will be trying to get beach-ready, and go back to their routines, gym deals could be prevalent. Just make one of your cheat days the first Friday of June, as it brings National Donut Day; expect plenty of places to offer free treats.

Gamers can count on the annual Steam Summer Sale arriving in June, as well. Additionally, GOG should host its own video game sale. The Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale also typically drops in June, offering an excellent chance to stock up on intimates.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in June.


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July

The middle of summer brings summer clearance sales, and they offer savings on clothing, outdoor gear, and even Christmas decorations.

Watch for 4th of July sales to discount camping and hiking items by 50%. Plus, clothing and shoe stores will likely take up to 80% off.

Celebrating Christmas in July? Look for home improvement stores to knock a huge 75% off decor items. Amazon Prime Day will probably fall around the middle of the month, and it'll be a good time to grab Alexa devices at a steep discount.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in July.


school supplies

August

The end of summer is the beginning of Back to School season. For a handful of states, that means tax free weekends. Whether you have kids or not, they're the perfect time to dodge sales tax on school supplies, laptops, and clothing.

With summer winding down, August might not seem like an ideal month to buy patio furniture, but we tend to see a fair amount of deals on outdoor seating, tables, and hammocks. Around the last week or two of August, look for early Labor Day sales to begin.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in August.


person sitting in fall leaves

September

As the month begins, Labor Day sales will be going strong. Apparel will probably make up a large part of these holiday sales, as retailers try to clear out any remaining summer stock.

Also in September, Apple will likely have its fall event. That's when the company usually announces its latest iPhone models. You can also celebrate National Coffee Day at the end of the month.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in September.


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October

If you're in the market for a new car, October is a great month to check out dealerships. Often they want to sell off any remaining inventory before the new models start arriving for the holiday season. Halloween costumes will be majorly discounted on November 1, but you can also expect to save up to 80% in the last part of October.

Want to take an epic trip? Consider heading to Europe during October, as this is considered the "shoulder season." On the sales front, Columbus Day (also known as Indigenous Peoples Day in many areas) is one of the last big shopping holidays before Black Friday — unfortunately, these sales can't compare to what Black Friday will bring.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in October.


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November

This month brings Black Friday, the sale holiday to which all other sale holidays are compared. Be prepared for pre-Black Friday sales to begin in early November (if not late October), but the best deals happen during Black Friday week.

Clothing should make up a large chunk of Black Friday sales; expect many retailers to offer sales and coupons that take 50% off, if not more. And it should come as no surprise that November is the perfect time to upgrade your TV.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in November.


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December

The end of the year will bring Green Monday and Super Saturday deals, though these might not measure up after the hype of Black Friday. One thing that's definitely worth shopping in December is gift cards. During the month, tons of retailers and restaurants will offer bonus cards when you purchase gift cards worth a certain amount.

Expect deals on video games and holiday decor to also be prevalent in December, especially during After Christmas sales. Definitely stock up on DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, and expect great headphone deals, too.

Check out our full guide to learn what to buy in December.

Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
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