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Shopping Calendar: Knowing the Best Days to Shop for Everything

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Aside from getting the best online deals on our website, a scheduled purchase using a weekly calendar can help you save some money.

Many of us fall into patterns where we spend money on certain items on certain days. For instance, you might shop for groceries on Saturday afternoon, pay utility bills by the end of the month and fill up your gas tank every Monday mornings on way to work. But could your timing be improved?

The answer is maybe. What follows is hardly scientific, but generally, some days yield bigger discounts on certain purchases than others. If you’re looking for ways to save money, you may want to schedule your purchases based on these suggestions.

Not only can you time your purchases by month for the entire year, you can also plan your shopping by day of the week to net the most savings. Here’s a day-by-day guide for what to buy for the biggest discounts.

Sunday

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Airline tickets. If you are planning to get an airline ticket, Sunday is the best day. According to US survey if you purchase a ticket on a Sunday, you may pay an average of 19 percent less for a domestic flight and 27 percent less for an international flight vs. other days.

Swimsuits and other travel gear. According to ShopItToMe.com, you’ll find the best swimsuit and other travel gear deals on Sundays, although it depends on the season. The reason is likely because it’s the end of the weekend and fewer people are interested in buying an outfit for vacation from hiking to pool or beach.

Groceries. As long as you can stand the crowds of shoppers stocking up for the week, Sunday one of the perfect day to go to the groceries– although it’s not the only good day, says Melea Johnson, founder of Freebies2Deals.com. “Most grocery stores or drugstores have their weekly ads starting on Sundays or Wednesdays,” she says. “So shopping on a Sunday, Monday or Wednesday would be the best time to get all of those amazing advertised weekly deals before they sell out.”

Gas. You’d think with more people out and about on the weekend, demand for gas would be higher and prices would follow. But Sunday is a fine day for filling up, because weekends usually market price for oil doesn’t move.

Checking Car Showrooms. Strolling to your favorite car dealer about a new/pre-owned car is a perfect fit for a Sunday activity, because of the traffic and most car agents are not on their showrooms you can focus on checking out car models and canvass on its price and terms.

Major Appliances. Because most people pull the trigger on an appliance purchase during the weekend, retailers tend to drop prices so they look favorable in comparison with competitors, says Nobbs. “It makes sense — they’re offering their lowest prices on the days when the most consumers are out there looking,” he says.

Personal Care. Shoppers who want free toothpaste or deodorant may want to hit up the big drugstore chains on Sundays when the discounts and rebates on the latest store circular kick in. But to grab deals, you’ll need to go early. “There are people there at midnight to stock up,” says Nelson. If you’re not a night owl or early riser, the best day for you might be later in the week. “If you really care about getting that free toothpaste, go on the day that the truck comes in,” she says. “Ask the manager when he or she expects the next shipment.”

Monday

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Car Buying. Why is Monday the best day to buy a car? Theories abound, including the idea that disgruntled salespeople who didn’t fare well over the weekend are now eager to make a sale. You may also think more clearly and carefully by car shopping on a day when you’re in the midst of fewer buyers. Shopping on a weekend might inspire you to make a purchase in haste, especially if you find a used car you like and there are no similar models on the lot.

Electronics. You can often find computers, TVs, tablets and similar products discounted on Mondays, although other good days to buy include Tuesdays and Thursdays, says Ted Nguyen, co-founder of Faveable.com, a shopping site for men. “It’s hard to quantify or generalize about the savings on Monday deals, but one can save an additional 10 to 20 percent on electronic items compared to the average sale price,” Nguyen says.

Looking for a Property. Same logic with how car dealers are aware, property consultant usually on the race on how to start their week in a positive way.

Electronics (Computers, TVs, Cameras, and Video Games). Computers and TVs may be cheaper on Mondays because manufacturers apply their rebates earlier in the week. TVs, cameras, and video games may be cheaper this day because big sales tend to be earlier to draw in more customers.

Dress pants and sunglasses. An average sale, online, of about 48% for dress pants and 55% for sunglasses, according to ShoItToMe.

Tuesday

movies

Kids’ meals at restaurants. You’ll find a lot of kids-eat-free specials on Tuesdays (and Wednesdays) when fewer people are dining out.

Movies. Movie theaters often feature discounted tickets on Tuesday nights. Because unless you’re retired or a teenager during the summer, who goes to a movie on a Tuesday night?

Airline tickets. While the latest research shows the best time to buy a flight is Sunday, many travelers and travel experts have sworn by buying airline tickets on Tuesdays (specially afternoon). Indeed, Airlines Reporting Corp. determined that if you’re going to purchase a ticket on a weekday, this is the day.

Men’s apparel. According to survey you can get 42% average discount online.

Wednesday

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Groceries. Thanks to new sales advertisements going out on Wednesday, but also some grocery stores honoring the previous week’s sales, Wednesday is a good time to pencil in that food shopping.

Jewelry. Apparently women tend to shop in the middle of the week, so online jewelry prices start dropping on Wednesdays and sales on accessories continue on Thursday.

Gas. Fill up from Wednesday to early Thursday to beat the weekend gas price hikes.

Shoes and kids’ clothing. 38% average discount for shoes and 40% for children’s clothing online.

Thursday

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Clothes. Thursday can be a good day to shop for clothes. A lot of weekend sales begin today, as stores aim to get customers in their shops during the week.

Handbags. According to ShopItToMe.com, on average, handbags are discounted up to 36 percent on Thursdays versus other days.

Clothes. In general, clothes may be discounted on Thursday as retailers start rolling out their weekend sales.

Gas. In the a.m. (as mentioned above).

Friday

fashion-accessories

Accessories (e.g., Jewelry, Belts, Scarves): Average discount 42%.

Saturday

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Items at department stores. Many consumers have the free time to shop today – but also time to do other things, like go on a hike or visit friends. Retailers realize they’re competing for your free time. “Department stores will usually have special sales over the weekends when most people are able to shop,” Johnson says.

Gas. Today is another good day to fill up, according to Gasbuddy.com.

Outerwear and lingerie. 37% and 51% average discount online, respectively

Books. No clear reason why. Perhaps we only think of reading when the weekend starts?

Again, these are just general guidelines may not pan out when you find yourself in the shopping trenches. In many ways, what matters isn’t the day of the week but how financially comfortable you feel spending money. Unless there are serious savings, what one consumer thinks is a deal may be another consumer’s rip-off. While you are busy making a calendar, another great way to save is to check out daily deals from online retail stores. If you have any other suggestions you can comment it below and maybe I will update this topic to help more people to save money.

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