The 7 Worst Things to Buy in the Fall

By Erica Gellerman
August 14, 2019

Have you ever bought something only to see it on sale shortly after? It’s a terrible feeling knowing that someone else snapped up that blender you bought last month for a lower price. 

Overpaying is never fun. 

But here’s the good news: Sales aren’t usually random. You’ll see the same things discounted each year at the same time. This means that if you’re patient — and strategic — you can make overpaying a thing of the past. We’re here to help you figure out what not to buy this fall at full price. This way, you can wait for a sale and save your money

Here are seven items you should steer clear of buying – at least in the fall. 

Cold weather clothing

As you put away your shorts and sandals, it can be tempting to spruce up your fall and winter wardrobe. It’s getting cold and the impending dreary winter will be much better with a new pair of boots, a new jacket, and a couple of fab sweaters, right? 

But, if you can wait just a few months to buy these clothes, you may be able to scoop up some great deals. You’ll likely see prices on winter coats drop in January or February as retailers clear out their inventory to make way for spring fashion. If you can’t wait that long, try waiting a bit longer into the fall season when you’re more likely to see sales.  

Ski and snowboard gear

If you plan on hitting the slopes this winter, buying new gear in the fall can be expensive. During the fall, retailers are stocking up on winter gear and most people are out shopping to get what they need for the new season. The best time to buy ski gear is in the spring, as retailers are trying to move leftover product from the season. According to DealNews, winter sports gear gets deeply discounted in March

Gym memberships

Do you want to reach your fitness goals before 2020? It may be financially savvy to stick with the home workouts for just a few more months. Starting in January, gyms usually offer great deals to entice the new year’s resolution crowd to join. 

And, while gyms may be busy for the first couple of weeks of January, don’t worry, most people will have ditched their resolution by February. You’ll then be able to enjoy your gym at a reduced rate. 

Holiday decor

With the days starting to get darker, you’re ready to get cozy with some festive holiday decor. But waiting until the holidays are over and stocking up on decorations for next year can save you a lot of money. If you want new Halloween decorations, you’ll likely see deals popping up right before October 31st and even deeper discounts starting November 1st. If you’re looking to stock up on Christmas decorations, check the stores on December 26th. 

A new car

Technically, fall is a good time to buy a new car, but you’ll likely see the best deals in December. Why? As car manufacturers bring in models for the new year, they’ll want to move older inventory off the lot. According to Edmunds data, you’ll see the biggest discount off the MSRP in December. So, waiting until December 2019 to buy a 2019 model might just save you some extra cash

Bedding, towels, and household decor

Have you seen white sales advertised? These are sales on home goods like towels, sheets, and some appliances. The sale was started in 1878 when John Wanamaker declared January to be the time to put these household goods on sale. It was called a “white sale” because these items used to only come in one color: white. 

During the January 2018 white sale, retailers had items for up to 70% off. In January, you’ll also see deep discounts on decor like rugs, kitchen appliances, and soaps. 

Bottom line

By shopping strategically, you can potentially save thousands of dollars. 

Just remember: If you want to get the most for your money, it’s best to time your purchases to sales so you can snag the best deals. 

Erica Gellerman is a CPA, MBA, personal finance writer, and creator of Her work has been featured on Forbes, Money, Business Insider, The Everygirl, The Everymom, and Lifehacker.

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