Barbara's Beat: Your Summer Savings Guide will save you money

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Your Summer Savings Guide will save you money

By SavingsMommie of

Summer vacation possibilities are endless...sort of. There's plenty of nice weather and (ideally) free time, but summer activities can get pricey- that is, if you don't know how to plan for them.

To help you out, we've pored over a ton of data collected from our site to come up with the the definitive best times to buy various items. 

To figure out that data, we looked at two categories: actual savings and potential savings.

Actual savings means the amount of money saved by our users every day in May 2012 through August 2012 .

Potential savings means the availability of sales/discounts every day in May 2012 through August 2012.

Here's some more info on the best times to buy, and why:
Beach: If you're looking to buy beach towels and sand toys, you'll find the greatest number of deals in early July, with typically 200 beach-related deals at the beginning of the month. While summer starts off with the greatest amount of beach deals, we recommend waiting until mid-August: that's when average savings go from 58% to 63%, probably because stores are clearing out inventory for the fall.

Camping: Outdoorsy types will want to do their shopping for camping gear in very late June. Last June 30th yielded the most camp-related deals on our site: almost 500 active deals. In contrast to beach-related deals, the quality of deals doesn't change much over the summer, so no need to wait until later for bigger savings-- in fact, there are fewer as the months go by.

Home: While late May was the best time to buy stuff for the home - which includes summery items like lawn chairs, but also "year-round" items like appliances- fear not: mid-July is a close second. 

In late May, our users saved an average of 30% on their home goods purchase and had an average of 650 to choose from; in mid-July, that average slides to 25% with 450 deals available. So keep mid-July in mind if you have home purchases coming up this summer.

Check out this handy infographic for more tips and tricks on how to save this summer.

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