Follow just a few of these suggestions and save thousands!
1. New Car
When: November or December
Why: Don’t, as many experts advise, buy this year’s model in late summer when next year’s models hit. There’s a year of depreciation on it already. Instead, wait a few months and buy the new model late in the year, when dealers are antsy to hit their year-end numbers. “Look for the vehicle in the far corner of the lot that hasn’t been washed,” suggests Jack Nerad, the executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book. That means the dealer doesn’t consider the car a profit maker.
When: Monday morning, in summer
Why: You’ll be the only customer. “You can always save 10 percent on jewelry,” says Ken Gassman, president of the Jewelry Industry Research Institute. “But you can save as much as 20 percent if you negotiate when you’re alone.”
When: January 31 or August 31
Why: “Retailers are looking to make their monthly sales numbers and clear inventory to make room for new spring or fall lines,” says Marshal Cohen, chief retail and fashion analyst with NPD, a research firm. Shop when the store is empty and you’ll save up to 75 percent, Cohen says.