“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put it into action.”

– Napoleon Hill

I hope your weekend was as good as mine! I’m not sure if it’s that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or that I just love warm weather–but there’s just something about summer sunlight…

Anyway, speaking of summertime, it’s a fantastic time to get savings on a variety of family items. As you know, I’m here to be your resource and guide for much more than just taxes…it’s my pleasure to point you in the right direction for creating (and *preserving*) wealth, however I can.

So, while many folks are simmering in the doldrums of economy-induced depression, I say, when the going gets tough–the tough go out and score some sweltering deals!

So, check out this list of stuff that you should put on your list for the next two months…

“Real World” Personal Strategy

The “When To Buy” Guide

The lazy days of summer may be in full swing, but if you know where to look, there are quite a few deals to be had for those willing to plan ahead on major purchases.  Knowing the best time to buy that new car, house or lawn mower could be the difference between saving hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars every year.

Read on for your best bets in July and August–use them wisely, and then kick back with the knowledge that while temperatures may rise, your bills don’t have to.

Broadway Tickets

New Yorkers flock to new shows in the fall and consider summer performances “tres gauche.” That means theaters are more likely to fill empty seats in July with cut-rate tickets. On the other hand, some truly good theater closes quickly, so availability depends on a show’s popularity.

Best time to buy Broadway tickets: July


New furniture is typically released bi-annually. Retailers like Crate and Barrel slash prices in January with anticipation of new furniture arriving in February. Prices are lowered again in July for the arrival of new furniture in August.

Best time to buy furniture: January and July


Computers have become essential items for students–which is why most retailers have big back to school sales in August. You can also get a good deal on a computer during the run up to Christmas.

Best time to buy a computer: August and December

Garden Plants and Flowers

Prices on plants and flowers fall drastically after midsummer when nurseries and garden supply stores are trying to clear inventory.

Best time to buy garden plants and flowers: August

Lawn Mowers

Once summer is over stores begin preparing for Fall products, which means big sales on lawn mowers. Stores need to make room for new inventory and lawn mowers take up plenty of space.

Best time to buy a lawn mower: August

Swing Sets

Swing sets go on sale at summer’s end, when children have abandoned outdoor play for indoor pursuits. Swing sets also take up a lot of floor space merchants are just itching to fill with holiday merchandise.

Best time to buy a swing set: August

I’m personally dedicated to the success of your family–and to your finances! Can other tax professionals say that?