ClothingWhen to buy: Thursday evenings, six to eight weeks after an item arrives in stores.
After an item lingers in stores a month or more, retailers start
dropping its price to get it out the door, says Kathryn Finney, author
of "How to Be a Budget Fashionista." These season-end clearances tend
to be the same month that designers host fashion weeks (February and
September) to preview the next fall or spring collections. So smart
buyers can check the catwalk to see if any of this season’s trends –
say, leggings or military-style jackets – will still be hot next year,
and then scoop them up on clearance.
Hitting the mall on a weekday ensures you’ll get a good
selection. "On the weekend, you’ll only get picked-over stuff because
the stores don’t have time to restock," she says. By Thursday, most of
the weekend sales have begun, but everything available is on the floor.
Here is much more, and no I do not vouch for the advice. We are supposed to buy plane tickets on a Wednesday morning, 21 days before the flight. In my view, the best time to buy books is mid-October or November. Don’t count on a better price but the selection will be above-average for seasonal reasons. The best time to browse through CD racks is early December when they are full up for Christmas. I wouldn’t know about buying anything else, except perhaps Mexican amates; for that I recommend late winter, when they are being painted for arriving "spring break" tourists.