May Bargains: What To Buy–And Not Buy–This Month

May 10, 2013  |  

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.

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