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The Ultimate Smart Shoppers Cheat Sheet

Posted by: Magnolia FCU on July 30, 2020
Did you know you should be timing your shopping throughout the week? That’s because each weekday brings its own deals and specials!

Here’s the ultimate cheat sheet for your weekly shopping.

  • Sundays: Large Household Appliances

Does your refrigerator need replacing? Looking to swap out your oven for a newer model? Like Lowe’s and Home Depot, home improvement stores tend to mark down their large appliances on Sundays.

  • Mondays: Deals on Wheels and Electronics

If you’re in the market for a new car, hit the dealer’s lot on Monday. Car dealerships are busiest over the weekend, and the comparative quiet of a Monday will put you in a favorable position to negotiate a great price on a new car. [Don’t forget to stop by Magnolia FCU to ask about our low auto loan rates before you start shopping!]

You’ll also want to check out the large chain stores for discounted electronics on the first business day of the week. Stores like Best Buy offer exclusive manufacturer rebates on Mondays, which can significantly lower the price of an expensive product.

  • Tuesdays: Houses, Airline Travel and More

Tuesdays are the recommended weekday for making an offer on the house, particularly the first Tuesday of the month. This is when most sellers will review the activity surrounding their home from the last month and be more open to accepting an offer that’s considerably lower than their original asking price.

If you’re looking to fly soon, book your flight on a Tuesday morning. According to data analyses performed by travel-planning company Skyscanner, airlines markdown flight prices by 15-25 percent late each Monday evening. By Tuesday morning, competing airlines will offer a matching or lower prices, giving you the best selection of affordable flights.

For a terrific way to end your Tuesday, see a movie. Tickets to the latest blockbusters are usually discounted during the mid-week slump.

  • Wednesdays: Groceries, Discounted Apparel, and Fuel

Forget the weekend grocery run; the best time to restock your pantry and fridge is on Wednesday. Most supermarkets roll out their new sale events on this day, rearrange their aisle end-caps, and slap discounts onto perishable products that are leftover from the beginning of the week, such as meat, poultry, and cheese. If you can swing it, shop early to take full advantage of the sales. Feel free to load up on the marked-down perishables, which will still be days away from their sell-by date. Stick them in the freezer if you won’t use them before they go stale. You’ll also get the biggest bang for your buck in the produce aisle on Wednesdays when most groceries set out a fresh display of fruits and vegetables.

If you’re a fan of discounted quality clothing, you’ll want to hit TJ Maxx and Marshalls on Wednesdays, as this is when these stores post their new markdowns.

Unless gas prices are on a downward spiral, fill ‘er up on Wednesday! Weekly gas hikes will take effect over the weekend, often as early as Thursday morning.

  • Thursdays: Clothing, Shoes, and Handbags

Get first dibs on weekend clothing sales at the big-name stores by hitting the mall late on Thursday. Shop for matching footwear with in-store coupons and online discounts, which also debut on Thursday. 

  • Fridays: Accessories

Pick up your costume jewelry, belts, and scarves on Fridays to score the best prices. According to Lifehacker, online accessories see an average 42 percent discount on the last workday of the week.

  • Saturdays: Books and Yard Sale Treasures

Amazon offers discounts on books and e-books on most Saturdays, so you’ll want to check out the e-tailer giant at the beginning of the weekend for the best selection at the best prices.

Saturdays are also prime time to pick up treasures at neighborhood yard sales and thrift stores. You’ll get the best picks in the early morning hours, but you’ll score the hottest deals later on when the owners are itching to get rid of all their wares and close up shop.


Is there a weekday shopping hack that has worked for you? Tell us your shopping strategy in the comments.

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