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Knowing The Best Days To Shop Can Help You Save Money (And Your Sanity)

01/15/2015 11:49am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

We all know that the biggest discounts happen after the end of a season (or a holiday). But there's a different sales cycle that can pass almost without us noticing. Turns out that these secrets are some of the most heavily-guarded in retail. "Stores aren’t keen on keeping people aware of this intel, because they want a steady flow of customers," says Eila Mell, co-author of the new book How To Win At Shopping.

The key seems to be knowing when to shop. Whether you're looking to avoid crowds or just save a few bucks, here's how to better schedule your purchases.

Tuesdays: Online Shopping
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"Tuesday is the best day for online shopping because it is the day of the week most sites post sales and new items," Mell says.
Wednesdays: Groceries
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Reader's Digest found that Wednesdays are the best time to tackle your grocery shopping. If you really, really want to avoid crowds, the late evening hours (after 9 p.m) might be for you. Only 4 percent of shoppers set foot in the grocery store at that hour.
Mondays Or Tuesdays: Outlets
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Weekends might be more convenient, but you will most certainly have company. U.S. News found that going on a Monday or Tuesday yielded better deals, as many outlets restock. Still: Get there early. "This is especially true during a sale," says David Zyla, co-author of How To Win At Shopping. The earlier you arrive, the better chance you’ll have of finding that great deal."
Weekends: Appliances
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Here's one thing you should buy on the weekend. According to ABC News, the weekend is the best time to get a good deal on appliances. Our theory? It's a way to convince you to spend your Saturday in a store instead of on the couch.

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