teenagers can be very expensive. There are a lot of added
expenses as your children grow up. Clothes are more expensive,
there are added fees for extra-curricular activities, not to mention
events that are a "must" for many teens. As frugal
parents of teens, we need to learn to save money in different areas
that will compensate for the extra money we will need to spend
during the teenage years.
One of the easiest ways to save money on many every day items is by
shopping seasonal sales. You can save hundreds of dollars
every year by planning your spending to take advantage of the
rhythmic pattern of
buying and selling. It is just as important to know when to
buy as it is to know how and where. I suggest you get your
teens involved in your seasonal shopping. Learning this skill
will help them learn to live frugally as they move into adulthood.
While local marketing conditions and each store's unique situation
are reliable indicators of the frequency, time, and type of sales,
and the amount of price reductions, the following sale calendar can
help you get the most for your dollar when making purchases.
After-Christmas sales of Christmas merchandise, winter clothes,
clothing, shoes, fur, handbags, toiletries, tablecloths, costume
jewelry, furniture, toys, dishes, sports equipment, appliances.
This is also the month that most stores feature a "White
Sale", which includes most bedding such as sheets,
pillowcases, blankets, and quilts.
Furniture, rugs, mattresses, curtains, bedding, china,
glassware, silverware, housewares, radios and C.D. players,
stereo equipment, and used cars.
Garden supplies, luggage, spring clothing, infant's wear, shoes,
laundry appliances, luggage, skates, ski equipment, storm
After-Easter sales for mostly clothes items including, men's and
boy's suits, women's and children's coats, housecoats, and
White sales, clean-up/fix-up supplies, blankets, women's
undergarments, TV sets, handbags, sportswear, tires.
Women's ready-to-wear, TV sets, refrigerators, fabrics, summer
clothes, dresses, building materials, lumber.
Shoes, summer clothes, bathing suits, lingerie, sportswear, home
appliances, air conditioners, fuel oil, radios and stereo
equipment, rugs and carpet, summer sports equipment, used cars.
Furniture, white sales, camping equipment, housewares, lamps,
coats, tires, lawn mowers, sprinklers, yard tools, barbecue sets
and tools, air conditioners, new cars, paints, school supplies,
school clothes, bathing suits, fans.
Back-to-school supplies, housewares, bicycles, car batteries and
mufflers, children's clothing, dishes, gardening equipment,
glassware, hardware, lamps, paints, rugs and carpet, tools.
Fishing equipment, glassware, hosiery, housecoats, school
clothes, school supplies, silverware, cars.
Coats, pre-Christmas items, quilts, shoes, boots, men's and
boy's suits, kitchen appliances, water heaters.
Toys, gift items, coats, shoes, party items, quilts, used cars.
The day after Christmas is Bargain Day all over.
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