Summer weather is upon us, and clear skies and balmy temperatures beckon you outdoors. It’s time for your winter hibernation to end.
It’s also time to stock up on the items you’ll need to squeeze the most out of your summer fun – a powerful engine to keep your yard looking neat and tidy, a gas or charcoal grill to grill those weekend meals to perfection and a wooden set. or a new iron that promises to cut 10 strokes from your handicap.
And when you finish mowing the lawn or making that final putt on the 18th, you’ll appreciate the satisfaction of relaxing on a comfy lawn chair or the satisfaction of immersing your weary body in the cold water of your own dirt. or above ground pool.
So when should you start checking sale flyers and Internet sites to find the best prices on golf clubs, patio furniture, grills, lawn mowers, and other things you need to get the most out of your outdoor experience? Should you start shopping for the best deals as soon as you notice the days are getting longer? Maybe – or maybe not.
Store out of season
Most people will tell you that the best time to buy a pool is during the late summer or early fall. Here’s why:
- Prices will probably be lower as the companies installing the pools are not as busy at this time of year. They will be much more willing to give you a good deal. After all, they’d rather work less than they do during the busy season than not work at all.
- Suppliers usually increase their prices at the start of the year, so waiting until spring to install your pool may end up costing you money.
- Installing a pond will definitely damage your yard, and it will take time for the grass and other vegetation to grow back near the pond. In many parts of the country, September and October are ideal times to plant grass.
- You may be able to write off some of the interest you spend on financing your pool, which will help your year-end tax situation.
The main drawback to installing a pool in the fall is that you will have to wait five or six months to use it, unless you live in a part of the country where you can swim all year round. Wherever you live, don’t forget to purchase a pool cover when not in use. This prevents debris from landing in the water and reduces the amount of water evaporation and use of chlorine. Finally, whenever possible, use a saltwater system to save on chemical costs.
Newest and Greatest
Golf clubs are another item that is generally best purchased out of season. Many golfers save their clubs for the winter after Labor Day, especially those who live in areas where the weather makes golf difficult in the winter months. Prices will drop as fewer people think about golf when it’s too cold to play. Also, many vendors are eager to clear their inventory to make room for the new models coming in the New Year.
Some golfers will wait to buy, confident that the newest and greatest club will shave a few strokes off their score. If you’re happy with this year’s model, you can save a lot of money by making your purchase before the newer versions hit the market. Look to buy clubs in September and October, and if you need a new club during the early summer, look on Craigslist or a local thrift store, where there are tons of deals.
End of Summer
It’s not easy to determine the best time to buy other outdoor items, including:
- garden tools;
- patio furniture;
- Lawn mower.
Retailers usually lower the prices of these items at the end of the summer so they can make room for inventory that usually sells better during the colder months. Lawn mowers and grills take up space that could be used better best snow blower and a snow shovel.
Squatting in Their House
However, there are other important factors to consider. Many stores and websites entice customers by offering discounts on outdoor goods early in the year, hoping to attract potential buyers who have been hunkered down in their homes all winter, waiting for an opportunity to get out and spend some cash.
And don’t forget about holiday sales. Memorial Day is generally considered the start of summer, and retailers are taking advantage of the situation with huge Memorial Day sales, offering prices you might not find at any other time of year on outdoor furniture and gardening tools like weed removers. and trimmer.
You’ll have the chance to snag some deals on gas and charcoal grills around Memorial Day and two other big cooking weekends – Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Don’t Forget Your Father
Many outdoor goods make ideal Father’s Day gifts, so shops are running special offers on golf clubs, grills, and lawn mowers by the third Sunday in June. Once customers walk through the front door, they are likely to purchase other items that are not offered at a discount.
The best deals on items that will enhance your outdoor experience this summer are out there; You just have to keep your ears and eyes open to find it.