We assume that most of our readers are really smart shoppers, but there may be some of you who might be missing the mark of getting great deals only because of bad timing. Yes, we’re talking about the top 5 items you should buy only when there’s a sale going on.

1. Winter clothes

Are you making the mistake of buying those expensive fur coats, wind cheaters, hoodies, wool caps, snow boots, hand gloves and all other winter accessories during winter time? That’s a terrible mistake to make folks. This is a top item that should be bought only during sales because its original price is really hefty. If you plan your shopping just a wee bit in advance of winter, you can save lots of money.

2. Books

It’s unfortunate to say this but with all the Kindles and e-book readers of the world making their way in people’s palms, buying and reading books is becoming extinct. The reason why this item should be bought only during sales is because it will give you the best value for money. Also, with books causing storage problems and magazines being good only for one time reading, buying these items during sales is the best way to go.

3. Cosmetics

All the women out there will be flabbergasted when they see the kind of variety and the rates at which otherwise expensive cosmetics from brands like Dior, Maybelline, Revlon, M.A.C and the likes are available during sale time. Quit throwing off all your hard earned money on such expensive cosmetics and insist on buying these items only during sales to get great prices and bargains.

4. Refurbed electronic appliances and gadgets

Electronic appliances and gadgets are items you must buy only during sale time from the refurbed division because paying a large price tag for its original cost is just a waste of money. After holiday season when a lot of people return unwanted gifts, they all hit the refurbished section and the prices are mightily slashed down. Now, that’s a good enough reason for you to by these items only during the refurb sales, isn’t it?

5. Alcohol

Of course, we don’t expect you to buy your regular supplies of affordable wine and beer during sales. But friends, for those occasional parties, we’re sure you’d need to stock up with some good champagne, fine wine and heavily priced alcohol, right? We suggest you buy a stock of expensive alcohol only during sales time, especially in and around holiday season to get great rates.