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.