Late spring is one of the slower times of the year at electronic and appliance retailers like Best Buy, where many customers like Shonda Brauntec say they'll probably wait till November to make their big electronics purchases.

"The best sales are probably going to be Black Friday," she said.    

And she is right for some things, like 60 and 65-inch 4KTVs. 

But you may not know that some of the biggest sales of the year — without those Black Friday crowds — are coming very soon.

TV sales on Memorial Day

Brian Gibson works at Best Buy in Florence. He says Memorial Day is a great time to buy a TV, as stores clear out last year's models for the upcoming holiday season.

"When manufacturers are releasing the new models, they reduce the price on the older models," Gibson said. 

We found a Samsung 40-inch 4KTV on sale for $399, marked down from $650. Off-brands are even less.

But if you are looking for an incredible promotional deal on a 60-inch 4K, then Black Friday may be your best bet. Just be prepared to get in line with hundreds of other eager shoppers.

Fitness trackers on sale in June

Need a new Fitbit? If you missed the Mother's Day sales (when Fitbits were marked down everywhere), Gibson says fitness trackers are marked down again right after Memorial Day for Father's Day.

"The best time now to buy these would be Father's Day, and graduation time," he said.

Laptop: Best sales during back-to-school

Gibson says the back-to-school sales starting late June through Labor Day weekend bring big markdowns on name brand laptops like HP, Dell and even Apple, which often throws in free bonus items.

Laptops are typically cheaper during back-to-school season than on Black Friday, with the exception of those low budget laptops you see around Thanksgiving for $200 (which may not have the speed and memory you really need).

Appliances on holiday weekends

If you are looking for new appliances — from high end Viking and Thermador to basic Whirlpool models — Gibson says Memorial Day weekend features some of the biggest markdowns of the year on kitchen and laundry room appliances.

His hint: Buy appliances during any big holiday weekend of the year.

"Memorial Day, Labor Day, even Independence Day, those weekends are huge for appliance sales." he said.

Furniture and mattresses are also marked down for big holiday weekends as well. That's because most people are outdoors enjoying the holiday, so stores slash prices to get savvy shoppers inside.

That way you don't waste your money.


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