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Money Smart Seasonal Buys by Month

2020 is around the corner and if you are like me you got a new planner or calendar and are ready to jot down all the important dates. Well, this year includes all the seasonal buys so you don’t miss out and you get things at the best time of year for the lowest price.

JANUARY 

Linens and Bedding-John Wannaker made January THE month to purchase new linens and bedding. In 1878 he started the marketing strategy of having “The White Sale” at the beginning of the year. Still, today retailers honor and follow his strategy.

This is also the best month to buy Christmas Decorations at a huge discount.

Seasonal Produce– Oranges, Broccoli, Leeks, and Cabbage.

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Wintertime is your best bet for buying a boat. If you purchase between January and March, you won’t have to pay as much as dealers won’t bundle boat show prices into the final cost of the boat and you might get a good deal from someone who doesn’t have a slip and is paying for storage during the dark winter.

This is also a good time of year to buy that big screen TV thanks to the Superbowl specials.

Seasonal Produce– Lemons, Grapefruit, Papaya, and Cauliflower.

MARCH

So apparently there is a big push to sell and offer coupons for frozen food in March. It is even called “National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Month”.

Seasonal Produce– Lettuce, Pineapples, and Mangoes

APRIL

This is the best month to buy all that snow gear if you can find it. Snowblower, snow shovel, snow toys, and clothes are all as low as it gets so get some good deals and be ready for the winter ahead.

Seasonal Produce- Arugula, Dandelion Greens, Beets, and Asparagus.

MAY

This month is all about Picnic & Barbecue Supplies. Starting in May you can see a lot of discounts to kick off the summer grilling season.

Seasonal Produce- Artichokes, Okra, Rhubarb, Spring Peas, and Cherries.

JUNE

Don’t ask me why but apparently Dairy Products go on sale in the summer months. We use a lot of butter and they say you can freeze it for up 6 months. Now I just need a bigger freezer and I can stock up for all the holiday baking.

Seasonal Produce– Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Strawberries, and Watermelon.

JULY

It’s hot out and this is when all the summer fashion stuff is in full swing and you can get the best deals on all the spring clothing. Buy that fun easter dress and other spring stuff so you are set for next year. This is also the time of year of Nordstrom’s Annual Anniversary Sale and you can get some fabulous deals with the best customer service.

Seasonal ProduceSummer Squash, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Corn, and Green Beans.

AUGUST

I always get the best deals on beach & water toys, backyard pools, and everything summer at this time of year. Stores are already pulling in School stuff and summer things are marked way down.

Seasonal ProduceBlackberries, Blueberries, Kiwi, Melons, Raspberries, Tomatoes, Carrots, and Cucumber

SEPTEMBER

The best time to buy most major appliances is during the months of September and October. During these two months, manufacturers unveil their latest models. This means that the previous year’s models must be discounted in order to make room for the new models that will hit stores in the winter.

Seasonal ProduceSpinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries, Grapes, Runner Beans, Sweetcorn, Watercress, and Pomegranates.

OCTOBER

You know what no one is thinking about in October? Air Conditioning! This is the perfect time of year to buy one or get one installed in your home for a great deal.

This is also the best month out of the year to buy a new car. New models come out at the end of the summer, so you can find a great deal on a car at this time of year.

Seasonal Produce- Mushrooms, Pumpkin, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Tangerines, Chestnuts, Figs, Quince, Kale, and Walnuts.

NOVEMBER

Every November my family does a no-spend challenge but we make sure to buy our Live Christmas Trees the day after Thanksgiving. It is always a Black Friday special and you’ll get your best deal. You also get to pick the best one on the lot being so early.

Seasonal Produce- Cranberries, Elderberries, Passion Fruit, Celery, and Potatoes.

DECEMBER

Offseason is the best time to buy camping gear. It’s when stores want to get rid of last year’s supply as the new season’s equipment hits the shelves. So think camping gear for maybe this year’s Christmas gifts. I think it is perfect since I already have my campsite for 4th of July booked.

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This is also the best time of year to buy Champaign. Multiple market studies have confirmed that in the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s, Champagne prices are actually at their lowest since demand is high creating more competition between brands.

Seasonal Produce- Clementines, Pomegranate, Satsumas, Tangerines, Brussels Sprouts, Red Cabbage, and Turnips.

 

Thanks for reading and let me know if there are any other monthly favorites to make sure not to miss. * L

 


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A Month of Kindness

Today is World Kindness Day and thought it was a great day to give away my December 2019, Month of Kind Acts for Kids.

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December is a busy month; especially at my house with two birthdays, so having a kind act each day is a great way to stay in the spirit of giving, thinking of others, and being kind. Print the above image out and have your kids mark off the tasks each day. More details on the kind acts below and feel free to modify to fit your kid’s ages. Mine are currently 4 & 6 and I made edits based on how some of the kind acts went last year.

Day 1 – Start the month of giving with a small give, and have your kids do something nice for a stranger. Maybe it is letting a friend go first in line, removing a rock or stick from the path of someone biking, or smile and say hi to a person walking near you.

Day 2 – Help someone in your family. Make your sister’s bed, bring the dishes to the sink, get your mom a glass of water.

Day 3 Donate food to a local food bank or make some goodies to give to your neighbors.

Day 4 – Get someone a drink. Maybe it a free coffee with Mom in the car, hot cocoa for a teacher, or water at dinner for your dad.

Day 5 – Play extra nice with friends. Let them have the toy, give them an extra turn, be a super nice friend today.

Day 6 – Help pick a tag off a giving tree and/or help pick out the gift with a parent.

Day 7 – Collect all the toys you no longer use or want to donate to others.

Day 8 –  Extra love for the pets. If you have a dog go on a long walk, if you have a cat give them extra petting, if you have a fish sing them a song.

Day 9 – Give your face something to do and smile at everyone.

Day 10 – Make something for Grandma or a loved one. Maybe it is cookies or just a drawing.

Day 11 – Leave candy-canes in the neighborhood. Either in mailboxes or at their door.

Day 12 – Help out a neighbor. Bring in their newspaper, help clean up the sidewalk.

Day 13 – Bake something and share it with loved ones and friends.

Day 14 –Help make Christmas cards. Maybe it is just decorating the envelopes or addressing them with stickers.

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Day 15 –Visit a senior center and be a member of the community.

Day 16 –Post inspirational notes or artwork on post-its and put them up in public places for others to see.

Day 17 – Make a bird feeder to hang in a tree.

Day 18 – Participate in neighborhood caroling. Or sign for family members and put on a show.

Day 19 – Bring a gift for a teacher. It can be flowers or something you made.

Day 20 – Bring treats for your class. Maybe its stickers, or a tasty treat.

Day 21 – Hold open the door.

Day 22 – Buy something special for a family member.

Day 23 – Make thank you cards. This way you have them ready to go on Christmas day.

Day 24 – Clean up the yard or the front door area so Santa feels welcomed.

Day 25 – Call family members and say hello.

Day 26 – Help take down Christmas.

Day 27 – Host a playdate.

Day 28 – Write thank you notes.

Day 29 – Help make dinner with your parents.

Day 30 – Bury treasures at the park, like small toys and stickers.

Day 31– Pick up trash at the park/beach/school.