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Everyday Cheapskate: Look for these hot bargains

Finding great bargains often has more to do with when you shop than where. In the same way that cars are often discounted late in the season and just before the new models are introduced, appliances, clothes, sporting goods, linens and even travel deals are predictably discounted for a variety of different reasons and at varying times throughout the year.

Kayaks. Right about now, sporting goods stores are beginning to get a little worried about their outstanding inventory of kayaks — not because there’s anything wrong with them but because they’re so big! Storage is costly. What’s the solution? Put them on sale to clear them out and make room for snowboards and skis.

Furniture. Want a great deal on last year’s models? July is the month to buy. August is when stores get their new models, so they need to clear out their showrooms and warehouses like right now!

Ranges and stoves. There is a longstanding tradition that retailers put ranges and stoves on sale during toward the end of summer. If you’ve been waiting patiently to replace your stove or range, get ready for a really nice reward. Discounts of 30 percent to 40 percent are readily available now. For our recent kitchen remodel, we selected this GE Profile Dual Fuel range. It is totally amazing, with both a regular and convection oven, and cleans up like a dream. And a bonus I discovered months after it arrived — a proofing oven for bread dough to rise. Just set it to “proof,” and the oven turns into a proofing box for bread dough to rise, just like a professional bakery.

Grills. You’ve probably figured this out by now. July is smack dab in the middle of summer, and grill retailers are starting to sweat. Most people purchase grills at the beginning of the season, and traffic is starting to slow. What to do with all the inventory? Sell it, baby! As soon as the last fireworks display is packed up for another year, expect every kind of outdoor grill imaginable to go on sale.

Fresh Fruit. I just couldn’t enumerate July bargains without visiting the produce department. Late summer, fruits like peaches, pears, plums, melons and grapes are so plentiful this month, down go those prices. That means it’s time to load up. What you cannot consume fresh can be canned and frozen for the fall and winter months ahead.

Would you like to send a tip to Mary? You can email her at mary@everyday

cheapskate.com, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630.

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