We have all suffered from the effects of sticker shock at one point or another. Perhaps you’ve paid a visit to a local furniture store, or just browsed online merchants. More often than not, you’d be hard pressed to find anything under 500 dollars worth buying. Most of us are reeling from these high price Read More ...
One of the most effective ways to save money on furniture is by waiting to purchase it until the time is right. Furniture prices vary throughout the year, with prices being far lower on average during some months than they are during others. Knowing when to shop can make a big difference in how much money you have to spend to get the pieces that you want.
Part of the price difference has to do with how the furniture industry operates. New furniture styles are typically released two times a year; once early in the spring and once directly before fall. In most cases, the new furniture for spring hits the stores sometime during February. The fall furniture, on the other hand, shows up sometime around August.
To make room for the influx of new styles, furniture dealers sell off their old inventory directly before these times. That means that you can usually find deeply discounted prices during January and July.
Buying your furniture during the off-season is also a great option. For instance, if you have a deck that you want to outfit with new outdoor furniture, try shopping during the middle of the winter. The demand for outdoor furniture is at an all-time low when there is snow outside. Because of that, the prices tend to be a lot lower. If you wait until spring to shop for your furniture, you most likely will have to pay a lot more.
Holiday sales are also ideal for saving money. Furniture stores are notorious for holding big sales around major holidays. Christmas, Labor Day, Presidents’ Day, and other holidays all can provide you with an opportunity to save. If you are shopping locally, check your newspaper for advertisements from local furniture stores to see where you can get the best deals.
Keep in mind, as well, that pricing trends can vary in different parts of the country. For instance, furniture stores in the Midwest may start putting out fall and winter furniture at the end of the summer. In places like Florida where winters are mild, however, you may have to wait until later in the year if you want to get closeout prices on summer furniture.
Knowing the best time to buy furniture is a great way to save money. There is no point in paying full price for furniture when you can get it for a lot less simply by shopping during a different time of the year. As long as you don’t need the furniture right away, waiting for the right time to buy is an excellent option.
Of course, that isn’t always possible. You probably don’t want to have to wait for months to replace a broken sofa or worn out mattress since these furniture pieces tend to get a lot of use. For less frequently used pieces like end tables, ottomans, and bookshelves, however, it makes sense to wait. Simply holding off on your purchases for a few months can wind up saving you a tremendous amount of money while still allowing you to get the pieces that you want for your home.