I like to think that I am a savvy shopper.
By this I mean that I know how to spot a bargain and take advantage of deals whenever possible.
I am always on the lookout for coupons and sales in order to make my hard earned dollars stretch as far as possible. There are, however, times when I forget the simple rule of saving money, never buy an item that is out of season. I am not simply referring to the items in the grocery store either. Did you ever stop to think that things like appliances have a season too. Take my HVAC unit I purchased this summer, I went air conditioner shopping on the hottest day in July. This was the worst time to buy a portable air conditioner because the prices were jacked up and there were no deals to be found. Stores and dealers knew that if you were buying a unit on a day like that you would be willing to pay anything just to cool your home. If I had thought about it last fall when all of them were at the end of the summer prices I would have gotten a far better deal. The same can be said for your furnace. If you need to replace it in the middle of winter then you need to be prepared to pay top dollar for it. If you know that your system is failing you may want to look into the replacement in the middle of Spring or Summer as the prices will be lower. HVAC companies are trying to get rid of last year’s models at that time to make room in their stores for new inventory.