Summer Sales 101
The Buy Laws1 of 8
Ah, summer… a time for beach days, family barbecues and major sales. It turns out the sunny season is a prime time to snag major discounts on home decor. HGTV star and host of The High Low Project Sabrina Soto shares seven insider tips for scoring big on summer deals.
Stay Focused2 of 8
Take a look around your house and your outdoor space to assess what you really need—whether it's patio furnishings, a new couch or just a few bright pillows. "It's easy to get overwhelmed and excited about great prices," says Soto. The result? You'll end up buying decor you don't really need.
Mix & Match3 of 8
Don't go crazy over starfish glassware or nautical striped bedding if that isn't your overall style. Think practically. "Look for furniture that could match with a wide variety of decor," says Soto. "Instead of purchasing multiples of something full-price, trying mixing and pairing sale accessories for a unique look."
Compare & Contrast4 of 8
If you're in the market for a sofa, major appliances or seasonal big-ticket items like barbeque grills, then now is the time to buy. But "don't settle for the first sale item you see," says Soto. Weigh your options by researching online—and use those smartphone barcode apps.
Ask & Receive5 of 8
Don't be afraid to haggle. "Inquire about receiving discounts on floor samples, and ask about upcoming sale or clearance events," advises Soto. "Consider thrift stores and garage sales, as you never know what you'll find." Another money-saving trick? "Buy last season this season."
Try, Try Again6 of 8
It's best to test-drive big-ticket items such as beds, couches and home electronics. If you're buying online (where more merchandise is often available), then make sure you can return the item if you're unsatisfied. "Many websites run furniture sales and deliver directly to your door," adds Soto.
Think Ahead7 of 8
By July, stores want to push the bright pillows, melamine plates and hurricanes, as well as leftover winter and fall items. Soto says to pounce: "Summer sales are bound to have seasonal finds you're always looking to purchase during the holidays," like those flag-printed plates from Fourth of July and any leftover Easter items.
A Matter of Timing8 of 8
August and September offer surprising discounts on bed and bath linens and on seasonal items such as patio furniture, so hold off on purchasing these items too early. And remember that cookware and kitchen accessories are best bought in October and November, when pre-holiday sales are revving up. It pays to shop smart all year round.
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