The best time of year to buy everything in 2024

Timing is everything when it comes to shopping for the best deals, so knowing when to buy is a key to saving money. Holidays — and sometimes the days before and after them — are often the best time to find certain deals. Seasons also play a role in when you’ll find the best prices on specific items.

A savings account that earns a competitive yield is a good way to build up the cash for your planned purchases — and to earn some interest on your money.

Here is a month-by-month guide for the best times to buy a variety of goods, along with how much consumers spent on these items collectively in 2023, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Also included for each month are one or more freebie days, on which you may find establishments giving out complimentary items such as coffee, ice cream, cookies and more.

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