When to Buy Big Ticket Items
Winter: Bikes and Outdoor Gear
"If you want the newest stuff, the time to look is in February and March when the season's models come out. The stores start replacing fall and winter stuff with spring and summer models, and that's true for most all outdoor gear from shoes to bikes, hiking gear, everything," says Dennis Lewon, senior editor for Outside magazine.
Some companies will send out special holiday items that will land in the discount section after the season. "In general, most of the new products come to stores in February," says Lewon. "January is good for looking for the old models in the classic post-holiday shopping period."