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Knowing when to buy can save you a bundle

You're going to love me after reading this article. Actually, I should charge a fee for passing on this information, but as you regular readers of this column know, I'm a nice guy - just trying to help all you Kingmanites save money, what with gas prices the way they are.

So here is the question: What do you know about bargains? I thought so. Me neither.

Not until I checked with some experts did I realize that by timing my purchases to coincide with manufacturer discounts, clearance sales and off-season deals, I could take the stress out of buying most anything.

And I mean anything. In some cases, I feel like I should be wearing a ski mask and dark clothing. Check it out!

Airline tickets

Best time: It depends.

There is really no best time to buy a plane ticket. But if you plan to travel around the holidays, always plan ahead. If you can get a good deal for Thanksgiving or Christmas, take it - now.

For non-holiday travel, never buy your tickets more than 90 days away from the departure date. Watch for the 21-day mark. You will find the lowest fares on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and sometimes Saturdays.

Air conditioners

Best time: winter

Think about when they're most in use: May through September. People feel the heat (think Arizona and Nevada), and they start to buy.

Stock gets depleted, the demand is higher and so is the price. Buy in the winter when people are wearing earmuffs, mittens and a pea coat.

Big appliances

Best time: September and October.

Just like fall clothing, new models hit the floors in September and October.

Bicycles and outdoor gear

Best time: January.

If you want the newest stuff, the best time to look is in February and March when the season's models come out and last year's models must be cleared out.

Boats

Best time: January, February and March.

Most boat shows are in the winter months. Dealer pricing is best during these months, and for heavens sake, don't go "boat-shopping" in the summer.

Cars

Best time: September.

New cars begin to make their appearance in the fall, making September an ideal time to snatch up the previous year's model at a huge discount.

And use these bargaining tips: Monitor the number of days that a truck or car sits on a lot. Anytime a car or truck isn't selling well, you can get a good deal. Shop on a weekday. Be sure to go early in the morning and pick out what you like, then broker the deal on the Internet. You'll save time and money and skip the high-pressure salespeople. Get pre-qualified at your bank or credit union and stick the check in your pocket with confidence.

Cell phones

Best time: any time.

I found out that a new cell phone comes out about every five minutes. There is no seasonal trend or technological advance time to buy a new cell phone.

Computers

Best time: July and August.

Upgrading but not buying the newest model can save a ton of money. Some major desk tops are selling for less than $400, and that includes a scanner. A good rule of thumb is to buy in the middle of the summer to take advantage of the back-to-school sales or the winter holiday markdowns.

Furniture

Best times: January and July.

New furniture hits the stores after the holidays, in February and again in August. These are the two times you can look for real bargains.

Gas grills

Best time: winter.

Nobody buys a gas grill in December when it's freezing outside in most areas of the country. The uninformed buy in May, June and July for backyard barbecues, but the smart ones wait until the snow falls and people start ice skating down the streets or using snowshoes to go out to the mailbox, to buy. Why? No demand, so you can cut a nice deal.

Linens, bedding

Best time: January.

It's called a "white sale" and everybody and his brother will practically be giving the store away. Make your plans.

Real estate

Best time: spring.

The buying and selling season starts in March and goes through the summer. Spring is the time when inventories are highest, your grass starts to turn green again.

RVs

Best time: fall and winter

Wedding

Best time: winter.

Try to get hitched in the off-season. It will net you huge savings. There is not much demand for wedding services in the winter when it's freezing outside. If you happen to be in a tropical climate like Kingman, the very hot months can work to your advantage, too.