You have to spend money to get the "good stuff," but you need to know when to spend -- and what to buy.  We've always found good prices on winter clothes in the spring. 

Now, there are more things to think about.  Smart shopping expert Trae Bodge says seasonal buying is still big.

Victoria's Secret has their huge semi-annual lingerie sale in early-to-mid June.  It runs for two weeks,” Bodge says.  “A lot of other major retailers follow suit, like Macy's and Bloomingdale's.  They often have lingerie sales around this time, too.”

Backyard grilling is big right now, so demand is high and you'll pay a premium.  Wait until after the Fourth of July and retailers will be focused on the fall.  You could probably find some pretty good savings on patio furniture then, too.

Seasonal sale items are hot right now.


“Anything in the graduation gift category,” she points out. “Also there are lots of weddings, so anything in the wedding gift category.  Also, there's Father's Day.”