"Timing is everything when it comes to saving money," said Mark LoCastro, a spokesman with DealNews, an aggregator of the best online deals. Black Friday, for instance, has some attractive deals, but it's not the best shopping day for everything. For instance, the best deals on exercise equipment, winter apparel, and bedding and blankets will be in January, and purchases of jewelry and watches should be avoided during the holiday season, according to DealNews. LoCastro said Black Friday tends to be a good day to purchase laptops, data storage devices, iPhones and kitchenware. Cyber Monday is good for apparel. And consumers are better off waiting until two weeks before Christmas for the best prices on toys, he said. Also, look closely at those doorbuster sales around the holidays, in which a retailers lure customers into stores by offering a deep discount on, say, TVs for a limited time, Marks said. Often these items are stripped-down versions of the product and come with fewer features than usual, he said. "TVs have historically been at their best prices right before Super Bowl time," Marks added. Manufacturers are introducing new models then and looking to clear out old ones at attractive prices, he said.
Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun