Best Times to Buy Big-Ticket Items

Smart shoppers know that to every thing there is a season.

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Smart shoppers know that to every thing there is a season. Buy certain goods at the right time of year and you can enjoy substantial savings – especially when it comes to pricey investments, ranging from bedroom sets and big-screen TVs to new cars and computers. As long as you’re not pressed to replace something critical that’s broken, you should always plan to make major purchases when prices are likeliest to be at their lowest levels of the year.

We asked deal experts to pinpoint the best times to buy 15 big-ticket items. With many of the items, the savings could amount to hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.