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Excerpted from the 2013 AARP Almanac

En español  |  As the saying goes, for everything there is a season. And there is a season for when you should — and shouldn't — buy a car, a dining room set, a new refrigerator. Here's how your calendar can help you be a savvy shopper.


Sporting goods: Cold weather puts the chill on two-wheeling leisure and ball-field activities, so expect prices to drop with the temperature — at least in colder climates.

Furniture: Many furniture companies introduce items in February, so retailers are eager to make room for new inventory. Expect January sales on previous-year merchandise.

Linens and bedding: So-called white sales are a tradition that's been around since 1878. No reason to expect that will change this year.

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Air conditioners: Need you ask why? Early winter is also the best time to have existing units serviced — along with lawn mowers.

Cameras: Some industry trade shows occur in January to unveil new models, so older inventory is marked down, and you can snap up bargains.

Luggage: With a lull between the busy holiday travel rush and the beginning of spring break, it's a good time to bag deals.


China and flatware: Between the holidays and the upcoming wedding season, retailers dish out discounts.

Gardening tools: Before spring fever hits, inventory may be sparse. But what's available should be cheaper than in coming months.

Winter outerwear: Who thinks about parkas, gloves and hats toward the end of March? Retailers with leftover inventory, that's who. Look for deals and be ready for next winter's wrath.


Athletic footwear: Check out spring sale savings on sneakers.

Computers: As tax refunds arrive, so do discounts, especially for laptops.

Vacuum cleaners: Find spring savings before new models come out in the coming months.


BBQ accessories: Stock up on charcoal and lighter fluid before barbecue season. But hold off on buying grills for now.

Patio furniture: The new stuff hits stores, along with seasonal sales on it and on leftover stock.

Spring and summer clothing: Sales begin in shower-filled April, but the better bargains are in May — especially around Memorial Day weekend.


Health club memberships: Gyms empty as more fitness fans opt for outdoor workouts. Look for healthy savings.

Men's suits: Ties may be a classic Father's Day gift, but suits and dress shirts are a better buy.

Tools: Expect sawed-off prices just before and after Father's Day.


Kitchen appliances: Look for discounts on refrigerators, ranges and microwaves starting mid-month.

Grills: After July 4, expect plenty of markdowns.

Lawn and gardening supplies: As summer reaches its midpoint, prices dip on remaining lawn mowers, as well as on lawn and gardening supplies.

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