The Best Things to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2023

Shop white sales in January, video games in June, and gift card deals in December.
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Most shoppers know that holidays bring tons of sales, whether it's savings on mattresses for Presidents' Day or large appliances for Labor Day. But savvy consumers know that you can get discounts at any time — as long as you know the best things to buy each month.

You can save when shopping for different products, even if that means searching for spring clothing during the summer or buying grills in the fall. Want to learn more? Then check out our cheat sheets for what to buy every month of the year in 2023.

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The Best Things to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2023

Woman catches snow in the city.


After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, January might seem fairly tame when it comes to deals. But there are notable items to save on, including the following: The first month of the year is also a good time to check out traditional Valentine's Day gifts. That's because the price of flowers, jewelry, and even chocolate can spike when February rolls around.

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

Woman opens gift from girlfriend.


If you're looking for Valentine's Day gifts in February, keep an eye out for savings from stores like Macy'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.

Group of young people celebrate St. Patrick's Day.


With St. Patrick's Day in March, most people are expecting deals on everything green, whether that's green clothing or festive-colored beer. But better St. Paddy's discounts are out there — you just have to know where to look. Keep an eye out for these offers: With winter winding down, categories like winter sports gear will also see deep discounts, and a variety of retailers could be feeling cheeky and offer 17% off for St. Patrick's Day sales. Need a cookie fix? Consider buying your Girl Scout Cookies this month if you haven't done so already — cookie season officially ends in April!

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

Man and woman enjoy the rain.


Spring clothing is one of the best things to buy in April, which means you'll actually be able to wear those breezy new outfits right away! Expect discounts of up to 75% off or even higher on warmer-weather items — along with some winter gear. This month will also be a smart time to shop for gardening items. And since Easter is on April 9, that means April 10 will be an excellent opportunity to pick up clearance goodies, including pastel-colored candy.

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

Star Wars Stormtrooper action figure stands in front of comic book wall.


With Memorial Day at the end of the month, be prepared for noteworthy deals on a variety of items, including the following:
  • Clothing
  • Mattresses
  • Large appliances
Memorial Day sales will bring other discounts, as well. And right before the unofficial kickoff to summer, expect swimwear to see discounts of 66% off at select retailers. But the month will start with a bang 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 while Mother's Day typically brings so-so offers on flowers, cards, and such, it's actually a good time to buy Mom gifts that aren't traditional.

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

Father and son fish from a boat.


During June, gyms will likely offer deals similar to what we see in January, as lots of people will be trying to get beach-ready. Just make one of your cheat days the first Friday of June, as it brings National Doughnut Day. There's a chance we could see "buy one, get one" offers from chains like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin', among others.

Gamers can count on the annual Steam Summer Sale arriving in June, as well. Additionally, GOG should host its own video game sale. The summer version of 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.

People watch fireworks display.


The middle of summer brings summer clearance sales, which provide great opportunities to save on these items:
  • Clothing
  • Outdoor gear
  • Christmas decorations
Watch for 4th of July sales to discount camping and hiking items by 50% or even more. Plus, clothing and shoe stores will likely take up to 70% off during these events.

Celebrating Christmas in July? Historically, we've seen home improvement stores knock a huge 75% off decor items. It's also reasonable to expect Amazon Prime Day to happen in July, which means 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.

Student wears a backpack outside of school.


The end of summer is the heart of Back to School season. For more than a dozen 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.

Hands hold shopping cart surrounded by leaves.


As the month begins, Labor Day sales will be going strong. Expect apparel to make up a large part of these holiday events, as retailers try to clear out any remaining summer stock. Other Labor Day discounts worth checking out include ones on the following items:
  • Mattresses
  • Grills
  • Large appliances
Another big event in September is the Apple fall event. That's when the company usually announces its latest iPhone models, as well as watch upgrades and other interesting news. 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.

Three kids pose in Halloween costumes.


If you're in the market for a new car, know that 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 77% as early as mid-October.

Want to take an epic trip? Consider heading to Europe during October, as this is considered the "shoulder season." On the sales front, fall sales will be available during the month, as it's one of the last big shopping times before Black Friday. You can even expect some early Black Friday sales to show up in October!

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

Thanksgiving table is shown from above.


This month brings Black Friday, the sale holiday to which all other sale holidays are compared. Count on pre-Black Friday events being in full swing in early November, but the best deals still tend to happen during Black Friday week.

Expect a plethora of savings on the following: You can expect to save on far more than these three categories. Black Friday is often the one time of year you can find a deal on pretty much anything.

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

Man and woman shop for Christmas ornaments.


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 of the best things to buy in December is definitely gift cards. During the month, tons of retailers and restaurants will offer bonus cards or other rewards when you buy 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. Plus, December is when Victoria's Secret hosts its winter semi-annual sale, so you can pick up bras, panties, and pajamas for less.

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

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.
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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