Find out the Best Time to Buy a TV

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You can find a TV sale anytime, but if you want to get the best price on a new television, the best time to buy is January and February.

Why?

Stores offer deep discounts on TVs in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, to entice everyone to upgrade before the big game. Pair that with the fact that all the new TV models start arriving in stores in March, and that puts a lot of pressure on stores to clear out last year's models, so there will be room for this year's models.

December isn't a bad month to buy a TV either. They're frequently included in Black Friday sales.

4 More Ways to Save on a TV

If you need to replace your TV before the January and February sales arrive, there are still plenty of ways to save. Consider these options:

  1. Buy an Open-Box TV. When customers return TVs and other electronics to the store, they are often sold at a discount. Look for an open-box section in the store, and if you don't see one, ask. They may have something sitting in the back that you'd be interested in. And don't hesitate to ask if they have any display models for sale. That can be another reason for a fat discount.
  2. Order a Refurbished TV. Determine which TV you want to buy. Then do a web search for that specific model and the word "refurbished." Often when TVs are found to have a defect, they're returned to the manufacturer for repair. And while buying a previously broken TV might sound risky, it really isn't. Just check to make sure the TV comes with a full warranty, and you're covered.
  1. Purchase a Discounted Gift Card. If you know which store you plan to buy from, purchase a discounted gift card before you head to the store. Use a site like Gift Card Granny to find websites that are selling the gift card that you want at below face value. It's an easy way to save an additional 10 percent or more on top of whatever promotions the store is running.
  1. Buy Used. If you're not set on having a brand new TV, check your local newspaper and Craigslist for TVs that people are selling. There's no guarantee that the TV will last as long, but if you save enough, it could be worth the gamble. And it's easy enough to print the manual online, if it doesn't come with the TV. Since you'll be dealing with strangers, play it safe by agreeing to meet in the parking lot of your local police station. 

And, if you're looking for more deals, use this frugal guide to find out which are the best months to buy cameras, computers, clothes, food and other bargains. 

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