There is nothing more frustrating than spending money on a new purchase, only to come across it at a huge discount a few weeks later!
To help prevent against this post-purchase heartbreak, we’ve combined all the major clearance dates and events throughout the year into this article. We hope it’ll be a tool that you can refer to in the future, before making any big purchases.
One aspect to bear in mind is that clearance sales happen around 2 months into a season. For example, spring roughly starts in March, so expect spring clearance sales to be in May.
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The Product Clearance Date Calendar
New Years Sales | Winter Gear, Fitness Gear, Motorbikes, Old Furniture, Baby Clothes
Happy New Year! Once the party’s over and the resolutions kick in, you can enjoy some of the best sales of the whole year.
A special focus at the start of the year is on winter clothes and equipment, as the ice begins to thaw.
Fitness gear is also huge in January. Can you guess why?
(Three words: New Year’s Resolutions!)
Every store is trying to make sure they’re the place to go for anyone looking to start off their year with a health kick.
According to MyFrugalAdventures, Target has huge baby department clearance sales throughout January.
Motorbikes and Used Furniture also tend to enjoy great price drops in the new year period.
Superbowl | Televisions, Gadgets, Cameras, Winter Sales
The major event in month two is, of course, the all-encompassing Superbowl. The influence of this one sports event is so far reaching that the entire US market shifts to adapt to it – with particular reductions in televisions and everything else that’s related to the NFL final.
For smaller gadgets – everything from cameras to mobile phones – new models are often released in early/mid spring.
Which means this is the time for price drops on the older models. If your phone’s been getting annoyingly slow, February is a great time to start looking for an upgrade.
Spring Months [March – May]
March & April
Tax Day | Tax Software, Tires, Sneakers, Luggage
March sees winter sales closing in on their final clearance stages. Luggage also tends to have a lot of promotional deals here, in anticipation of the summer season.
April is a bit of a lull in major events, but Tax Day (04/17/18) has it’s own promotions for tax software and organization equipment.
Any fashionistas will be quick to tell you April is also when the spring beauty product lines are released, meaning a lot of promotional sales and drop-down prices on old products.
Sneaker companies also love to take advantage of the spring weather to try and get people out running again. Tires similarly seeing spring sale promotions.
Memorial Day Weekend | Lawn & Garden, Spring Clothing Sales, Mattresses
May’s main shopping events are the big discount sales around Memorial Day Weekend. Particularly on spring clothing and mattresses – but also on camping equipment, as the initial spring rush comes to a close.
Lawn and Garden categories also come to life with a lot of promotions. Everything from patio furniture to barbeques will be getting pushed by their manufacturers, now that the weather is finally becoming warmer.
Summer Months [June-August]
Lingerie, Men’s Clothing
While June is a quieter month, one big event is Victoria Secret’s main summer sale. Since they’re the lingerie producer, almost all of their competition get in on the action too.
With Father’s Day (06/17/18) in the middle of the month, a lot of men’s clothing and ‘manly’ gifts also see a lot of promoting.
July & August
Back to School | Schoolwear & Equipment, Laptops, Tablets, Wine
The back to school build-up covers a huge range of discounts, extending far beyond stationery and school bags. Laptops, tablets, and dorm room accessories also enjoy major deals aimed at college students.
The sales start in July, when you’ll have the best selection, but continue into late August, for the best final discounts.
Late summer also means the year’s harvest of wine will be getting collected. This huge spike in supply means there’s a lot of clearance sales on great bottles of wine as shelf-space needs to be found for the new production.
Autumn Months [September, October]
Labor Day Weekend | Appliances, Outdoor Goods
September kicks off with Labor Day weekend, which has its own assortment of sales and promotions.
With summer coming to a close, this is also a great time to pick up outdoor goods. Everything from garden furniture to lawn mowers can be covered in large clearance sales. September’s a perfect time to purchase anything outdoors-y if you don’t mind an exercise in delayed gratitude to wait out the winter.
Finally, this is also the ideal time to shop for new appliances. October is typically when new models of home appliances are released, meaning that the price drop down on older models starts here.
Halloween | Back to School Clearances, Appliances, Cars
With new appliances breaking onto the scene, the deals and promotions on both new and old models continue into the month of October.
Those back to school lines from July & August are also closing down around this time, meaning there’s some great clearance sales to be taken advantage of.
New models of cars are also typically released in October, dropping the price of older models. Interestingly, this seems to mostly happen after the new car is released, unlike with appliances and gadgets which drop earlier.