What are Summer Sales Cycles?
A Sales Cycle is also known as a price reduction calendar or stock rotation plan. Retailers follow them to make room for new models and take advantage of marketing opportunities like holidays and sporting events. As consumers, we can take advantage of having the same general merchandise going on sale at the same time each year.
Why Should You Know about Sales Cycles?
- Lower Costs on Large Ticket Items – Knowing the best time to purchase investment pieces, like furniture and electronics can lower your cost without sacrificing quality.
- Stretch Your Grocery Budget -Buying produce in season will slash your grocery bills and assist in meal planning.
- Get More Using Your Coupons – Using coupons when items are on sale is always a bigger bang for your buck.
- Planning Your Savings – Knowing when seasonal or larger items are lower priced gives you a time frame for saving to buy them.
** Be Aware ** You may not always find the widest selection of sale items in your stores. Most items go on sale when a season is ending or new models are about to arrive and inventory is lower. The produce availability may differ depending on where you live and seasonal growing conditions.
June Sales Cycle
Fruits – Blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, pineapple, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon
Vegetables – Beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, green onions, lettuce, mushrooms, peppers, spinach
Holiday & Seasonal – before Fathers Day – Tools, after Fathers Day – theme items, barbeque utensils, barbeque foods and condiments, outdoor eating service ware
Household – Carpeting, cookware, dishes, furniture, insect repellent, ice cream, sun screen
Clothing – Running shoes, sandals, swim wear
Electronics – Camcorders, personal computers
Other – Barbeques, gym memberships, patio furniture, summer sports gear
July Sales Cycle
Fruits – Apricots, saskatoon berries, watermelon
Vegetables – Cucumber, corn, green beans, lettuce, summer squash
Holiday & Seasonal – Insect repellent, outdoor furniture, picnic and barbeque condiments, sunburn remedies, sun screen
Household -Hand tools, hot dogs, hot dog buns, indoor furniture
Clothing – Suits for men and boys, swim and beachwear
Electronics – Portable electronics, table top and floor fans, video games
Other – Kids crafting supplies
August Sales Cycle
Fruits – Apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapes, mangoes, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, quinces, raspberries, tomatoes, watermelon
Vegetables – Cucumber, egg plant, zucchini
Holiday & Seasonal – Back To School supplies, outdoor furniture, outdoor and pool toys
Household – Area rugs, bedding, breakfast cereals, office furniture, school lunch box related products – crackers, juice boxes, lunch meats, single serve fruit cups and puddings, shower curtains, towels
Clothing – Swim wear, summer clothing
Electronics – Lap top computers, tablets
Other – Air conditioners, back packs, dehumidifiers, outdoor and camping gear, snow blowers
Your local stores may have different items on their stock rotations. The easiest way to find out about the best pricing on a specific item is by asking the staff while your out shopping.
What do you find goes on sale every summer in your area? Please add to the list in the comments below.