Have you been eyeing a new grill for the backyard, or a plush new mattress for your bedroom, but can’t commit to the dollar signs on the price tag? You might be surprised to know that prices fluctuate — sometimes by a lot — throughout the year, and some months are better than others to make certain big-ticket purchases. Believe it or not, according to Consumer Reports, deep discounts for many consumer products are tied to a particular month. Use this month-by-month guide to find the best deals of the year.

January is the peak of post-holiday sales, when retailers are working to get rid of inventory, so you can find deals on many items that didn’t get picked up as gifts, including winter apparel and electronics. It’s also your last chance to snap up holiday-themed items and leftover decor. January is the time for traditional “white sales,” when bed linens and towels are at their lowest prices, and you’ll also find plenty of discounts on gear aimed at helping you meet those New Year’s fitness goals.

Things to buy in January:

  • Bed linens
  • Cookware
  • Electronics
  • Exercise equipment
  • Holiday decorations
  • Towels
  • Winter clothes and sports gear

Retailers like to fight the post-holiday slump with President’s Day sales designed to get shoppers back into the mall. This makes it a perfect time to buy electronics, furniture and mattresses. Just be sure to avoid buying jewelry around Valentine’s Day if you can help it.

Things to buy in February:

  • Appliances
  • Furniture and home goods
  • Humidifiers
  • Mattresses
  • Tax preparation software
  • TVs and other electronics
  • Winter clothes and sports gear

March is an in-between time when it comes to shopping: not quite winter, but not quite spring. This makes it a bit hit-or-miss when it comes to getting a good deal, but be on the lookout for winter close-outs and spring pre-sales.

Things to buy in March:

  • Chocolate
  • Digital cameras and (non-Apple) smartphones
  • Frozen food
  • Grills
  • Luggage
  • Spring sports gear, especially running shoes and golf clubs
  • Winter clothes and sports gear

Depending on when Easter falls, April can be a tricky time to shop. Look for spring cleaning and apparel sales as well as discounts designed to entice you to spend your income tax return. It’s also a good time to shop for an upcoming vacation, as cruise lines tend to offer their best prices now to get you to lock in.

Things to buy in April:

  • Carpets
  • Computers
  • Cruises
  • Home and garden supplies
  • Jewelry
  • Spring clothes and sports gear
  • Vacuum cleaners

May has the benefit of better weather and Memorial Day sales, both of which offer great prices on items to spruce up your home and garden. Retailers know that this is the time of year homeowners are thinking about renovations, so you might find good deals on appliances and construction materials if you’re a DIYer.

Things to buy in May:

  • Appliances
  • Baby equipment
  • Computers
  • Furniture
  • Home goods
  • Mattresses
  • Paint and stain
  • Spring clothes

There are lots of celebrations in June — think graduations, weddings and Father’s Day — so small, traditional gift items are unlikely to be offered at deep discounts. On the bright side, it’s about as far from the New Year’s rush on gym memberships as you can get, and you’ll also find deals on outdoor and camping equipment.

Things to buy in June:

  • Camcorders
  • Gym memberships
  • Lingerie
  • Tools
  • Outdoor gear
  • Summer sports gear

Summer can be slow for retailers as people head off to vacation, and it’s a great time to pick up clothing before back to school items hit the floor. Snap up summertime furniture and entertaining items now as well — after the Fourth of July will be your best bet, though you might also find a good holiday sale. It’s also a great time to buy last year’s electronics before new models come on the market in preparation for the fall holiday shopping season.

Things to buy in July:

  • Air conditioners
  • Decking and siding
  • Jewelry
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Personal electronics
  • Summer clothes and bathing suits
  • Summer entertaining accessories

Now’s the time to pull the trigger on pricey lawn and garden items, since retailers want to clear the floor of these seasonal items. It’s also a good time to look for a new car, as dealerships won’t be very busy, but will be looking to make room for next year’s models.

Things to buy in August:

  • Air conditioners
  • Cars
  • Laptops
  • Lawn mowers
  • Outdoor furniture
  • School supplies
  • Summer clothes and bathing suits

Labor Day and back-to-school sales make September a good month to buy a lot of things. If a child needs it for school or college dorm life, it will probably be on sale this month.

Things to buy in September:

  • Airfare for the holidays
  • Appliances
  • Bicycles
  • Computers and printers
  • Digital cameras
  • Grills
  • iPhones
  • Mattresses
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Snow blowers

The holidays are approaching, so tread lightly. This is a great time to buy summer and fall closeouts, but hold off on electronics and other popular gifts until Black Friday and the big holiday sales.

Things to buy in October:

  • Candy
  • Cars
  • Fall clothes, especially denim
  • Grills
  • Lawn mowers
  • Outdoor furniture and sports gear

This is a great month for deals — if you don’t mind getting up early and jostling with other shoppers on Black Friday. More discounts can be had online, so take the time to compare your options before clicking “buy.”

Things to buy in November:

  • Appliances
  • Cars
  • Electronics, especially tablets and gaming systems
  • GPS systems
  • Grills
  • Toys

Holiday and end-of-year sales are in full swing, so take advantage. Just about anything you’d give as a gift is on sale now, so consider buying for yourself in addition to your friends and family if you’ve been looking for something special — and if you’ve been good all year long.

Things to buy in December:

  • Appliances
  • Cars
  • Cookware
  • Electronics
  • Gift cards
  • Holiday decorations, if you wait until December 26
  • Tools
  • Toys

Of course, if you don’t think you can wait a few months before replacing a broken air conditioner or finally getting a good night’s sleep on a new mattress, you can always try a price-tracking app insteadCamelCamelCamel tracks prices on Amazon to help you get the best deal any time of year, while Invisible Hand will guide you to any store on the web with a cheaper price when you start a round of online shopping.

No matter what you want to buy, you can get a good deal if you’re savvy about when to shop — and if you can afford to be patient. Keep this list handy to get great deals all year long, and you’ll be rewarded by saving a bundle on your big-ticket purchases this year.

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