To get the lowest prices one must plan ahead. When products and services are at the height of the season, when all the new models arrive is when you pay the MSRP/Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price. Many retailers are bound by dealer agreements to hold M.S.R.P. prices until a specified date at the end of the season. When the end of the season arrives retailers reduce prices to move product before the new season product arrives, hence you will pay the lowest prices. Although you will find the best prices at the end of the season, the selection will be limited or the conditions not optimal. For example; taking a ski trip during the holiday season is the most expensive time to go. By planning ahead you can check out trips offered by your local ski club and get the best possible rates offered by any resort.
Be sure that you are getting the proper equipment on sale. If you get a real cheap price but get the wrong gear your are not saving anything, rather it will cost you more. Customers have brought in gear to our shop, bought online from unauthorized sites with missing parts or bindings that can no longer be adjusted and worked on, wasting their money and time. In the long run you may pay more when buying online, as you may pay more for binding installation and boot fitting with gear bought online brought into your local shop. Remember, their cost is less because they are not including the service.
How do you make sure to get the right gear? Go to your local ski shop.
There will always be sales and coupons, but by planning your purchases to find close out end of season prices you will save more. So check out this list to spend less every month on every day purchases and squirrel away your savings for that new pair of skis or a ski trip to the mountains with your friends.
Plan Ahead and Save
January: wrapping paper, bows, holiday decorations, toys, formal gowns, white sales, furniture for home and office, electronics
February: apparel, white sales, tools, electronics, boats, chocolate
April: End of season ski trips, season pass lift tickets, lap top computers, snow blowers, asparagus,
May: Off season vacation to Caribbean, Cape Cod or Hamptons, Light jackets and pants, house wares, cooking accessories, table settings, linens, are on sale for new graduates.
Save on plants for your garden by going to the local Garden Club plant sales in your community.
June: underwear, tools, grills, men’s clothing, from fathers’ day sales
July: shorts & summer apparel, gym membership, jewelry, blueberries, corn on the cob, warm weather vacation locations ie: Caribbean
August: Stand Up Paddle Boards, gardening supplies, back to school sales,
September: summer apparel, ski club ski trips – check out trips offered by your local ski club, paddle boards, office supplies from leftover back to school sales, kitchen goods, wine
October: bushes, trees & perennials from the nursery, new cars, pumpkins
Save on ski and snowboard gear by going to the Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show in Schaumburg IL. There you will find last seasons gear and apparel from the local shops at a big discount.
November: Trip to Disney World, wedding dresses and venues, candy, turkeys, cranberries,
Electronics between Nov. 3 and 15.
December: clothing for the whole family the week before Christmas, cranberries, get toys the first two weeks of December.
Find more on when to get good deals according to Consumer Reports.