English: A Crate & Barrel home-and-furniture s...

English: A Crate & Barrel home-and-furniture store at 646 N. Michigan Ave., on the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Erie Street, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The lazy days of summer may be in full swing, but if you know where to look, there are quite a few deals to be had for those willing to plan ahead on major purchases. I love planning, as you know … and there are many things my planning instinct can help you with. Beyond our “regular” work, if you will. 🙂

So, with July almost gone and August flying towards us, I thought I’d share with you some information which I’ve found about retail patterns that will help you.

Broadway Tickets
New Yorkers flock to new shows in the fall and consider summer performances “tres gauche.” That means theaters are more likely to fill empty seats in July with cut-rate tickets. On the other hand, some truly good theater closes quickly, so availability depends on a show’s popularity.
Best time to buy Broadway tickets: July

Furniture
New furniture is typically released bi-annually. Retailers like Crate and Barrel slash prices in January with anticipation of new furniture arriving in February. Prices are lowered again in July for the arrival of new furniture in August.
Best time to buy furniture: January and July

Computers
Computers have become essential items for students–which is why most retailers have big back to school sales in August. You can also get a good deal on a computer during the run up to Christmas.
Best time to buy a computer: August and December

Garden Plants and Flowers
Prices on plants and flowers fall drastically after midsummer when nurseries and garden supply stores are trying to clear inventory.
Best time to buy garden plants and flowers: August

Lawn Mowers
Once summer is over stores begin preparing for Fall products, which means big sales on lawn mowers. Stores need to make room for new inventory and lawn mowers take up plenty of space.
Best time to buy a lawn mower: August

Swing Sets
Swing sets go on sale at summer’s end, when children have abandoned outdoor play for indoor pursuits. Swing sets also take up a lot of floor space merchants are just itching to fill with holiday merchandise.
Best time to buy a swing set: August

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