May Bargains: What To Buy–And Not Buy–This Month
Smart shoppers know there there are certain times of year when it’s best to buy various items. According to DealNews.com (via Business Insider), there are a few items in May that you may want to consider buying–and some products to pass on.
Clothes and Household Items: Stock up a lot of things with Memorial Day sales. Add coupons to the promotions can slash your prices even more. “For example, last year Calvin Klein took an extra 85% off sale items,” notes the website. So it is a great time to get apparel and housewares.
Gym Deals: Haggle for a deal on your gym membership. May isn’t particularly a discount month for gyms, but because of the high number of people opting to exercise outside, it is a great time to strike a deal. “ It’s fairly simple to extract a discount on a registration fee (which varies but could cost about $50), but if you get your game face on, you could potentially get a deal on the first few months of enrollment as well,” advises DealNews.
Go TV Shopping: According to the website, Ultra HDTVs debuted last month at prices far lower than expected. Sony debuted its 55″ model for $4,999, but “barely-known Chinese manufacturer Seiki made waves with its 50″ 4K TV for $1,500.” And then Seiki dropped it even further to $1,200. Also in April, 55″ 3D HDTVs also fell, hitting an all-time low of $649 for an off-brand Coby HDTV. For name-brand 55″ 3D TVs, consumers can find deals in the $750 to $799 range.
New Cell… Maybe: There are also things to pass on this month. If you’re not going to snap up an HTC First phone (the Facebook phone ) now from AT&T while it’s 99 cents , you might want to wait. According to ZDNet, the provider is either trying to bring in new business or unload phones that will become obsolete rather quickly. Instead save nearly $1,000 buying the iPhone 5 with T-Mobile. The carrier just switched to a contract-free system. “In fact, if you switch to the iPhone 5 via T-Mobile, you could save at least $360 over a 2-year span compared to AT&T — and potentially as much as $1,000,” notes DealNews.
Don’t Buy Gaming Consoles: “Both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are about to be updated, and even if you don’t want the latest model, the current systems are bound to get cheaper this summer once the next-gen consoles are announced,” notes DealNews. And rumor has it that Microsoft will knock the price of the current Xbox down to $99. Pass on video game purchases for the kids as well.