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The best time to buy anything: Shopping strategically brings bargains &January's a big month
Got your eye on a new laptop, but worried the price will drop right after you shell out the cash? Avoid those wish-I-waited moments with Lifehacker’s annual “Best Time to Buy Anything” list, a month-by-month guide to buying smarter.
In this economy (I know, I’m sick of hearing about it, too), it seems like every Starbucks run is bookended by bouts of guilt over spending $5 on a drink. Why not try spending more strategically, to give yourself a little wiggle room?
The staff at Lifehacker obsessively track trends, from Apple’s like-clockwork annual unveilings to sales patterns at warehouse-style stores. (For this guide, they also cite Freeshipping.org's Best Time to Buy guide, PC World's gadget-specific buying guide and Mark Di Vincenzo's book Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There among their sources.)
January, for example, is perfect for post-holiday bargains on things like electronics and video games. But did you know that it’s also the best time to snag discounted tickets to theater shows? And that sites like PlasticJungle.com, which let you trade unwanted gift cards for cash, are overflowing with cheap certificates this time of year?
Offering tips both by month and by quarter, this guide has you covered, whether you’re looking to make a big purchase — save 'til September for that new ride, they advise — or just splurge on something small — try some new wines in June, since "wedding season comes around at this time" and "champagne makers are in furious competition with one another."
Just make sure you don't trust this guy for advice: