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The Best Day of the Week to Shop for Everything

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We all get into a routine of shopping for the items we want on certain days — like buying groceries on Monday, or going to the movies and eating out on the weekends. But, with a little strategy and planning ahead, you can save a lot of money just by knowing the best days to shop for everything!



  • Cars: Sales are typically busiest during the weekends, so come Monday, there are fewer customers hanging around. This often means you can negotiate a better deal on this day.
  • Electronics: When it comes to cell phones, laptops, video games, and TVs, manufacturers often release rebates and discounts on Mondays and, in turn, the retailer passes these on to the consumer.
  • Buy a House: According to HGTV’s host of Income Property, Scott McGillivray, Mondays are the best day to buy a house. He says sellers don’t usually get the best offers early in the week, so there’s a good chance they’ll entertain yours.
  • Beer and Wine: Mobile app Ibotta suggests forgoing buying that six-pack of beer or bottle of wine on the weekend and instead buying it on a Monday. You can save as much as 9%. Need more ways to save on beer, wine, and booze? Here are 13 more ways.



  • Movies: This is a day where you’ll find the best deals on movie tickets. Some theaters offer $5 movies while others go as low as $2 on Tuesdays. Other perks of seeing a movie on Tuesday might include 50% off your popcorn with the purchase of a ticket. Check with a movie theater near you.
  • Airline Tickets: While there are many schools of thought on when to buy a plane ticket, according to CheapAir.com, Tuesdays are traditionally when many U.S. domestic airlines release flight sales, so consider searching for flights early to mid-Tuesday to find deals. Some experts go as far as to say purchase tickets on Tuesday at 3PM EST.
  • Online Shopping: This is the day where you’ll actually snag a bargain. SumAll, a U.S. retailer reporting service, found consumers saved an average of 4.81% by shopping online on Tuesdays. Our tips for shopping Gap can bring even better savings on this day.
  • Restaurants: After the weekend rush, by Tuesday it’s a lot quieter and many restaurants will offer extra specials on food–from appetizers to entrees. Tuesdays are typically the day most restaurants receive food delivery, so you’ll have the freshest meals.



  • Groceries: While Sundays have traditionally been a good day to buy groceries, stores also put out their weekly discount and coupon programs on Wednesdays. Plus, chances are the grocery store won’t be as crowded on a Wednesday as it is on a weekend when most people are off of work.
  • Shoes: Wait until Wednesday to get the shoes you’ve been eyeing. There’s a good chance you can get an average of a 38% discount.
  • Jewelry: Looking for something that shimmers, shines, and sparkles? Buy it on a Wednesday. Statistics have shown women tend to shop more in the middle of the week, so jewelry stores, both in-store and online, often promote their best deals on Wednesdays.
  • Golfing: Author of Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00, Mark Di Vincenzo says go golfing on Wednesdays. With fewer people playing in the middle of the week, golf courses often give out discounts to lure customers. But, Di Vincenzo says, those discounts aren’t usually enough to get people to leave the office, so you’ll get a discount and it’ll be less crowded.


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  • Clothes: Most weekend sales and store coupons come out on Thursdays. If you like seeing markdowns on new clothes or being on top of the newest sales, shop on Thursdays. Even better, follow these tips to get the deepest and best discounts at places like Kohl’s, T.J.Maxx, and H&M.
  • Handbags: Thursdays are considered the best day to purchase handbags, especially online. You could see up to an average of 36% off by shopping on Thursday. If you’re a fan of Coach handbags, here are some sweet Coach tips that could bring even greater savings.
  • Entertainment: Oftentimes, tickets to plays and museum admission fees are lower on this day as there’s less of a crowd before the weekend hits.




  • Accessories: This is a good day to look for belts, scarves, and other accessories. The average discount on a Friday can reach up to 42%. Shopping accessories at Kohl’s at 1PM on this day could net you even bigger savings.
  • Happy Hour: According to the site Rather-Be-Shopping, many bars and pubs across the U.S. offer Friday happy hour specials that you won’t find throughout the week or on weekends.



  • Books/eBooks: Data has shown Saturdays are a good day to buy discounted books. Places like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble have been known to cut prices on books and eBooks on Saturdays.
  • Garage and Estate Sales: Saturday late in the afternoon is a good time to visit these sales and negotiate a good price since sellers are usually eager to make a deal and get rid of their stuff right before closing.
  • Outerwear and Lingerie: These types of items often go on sale on Saturdays with lingerie selling for an average of 37% less than the rest of the week. Here are some of the best tips you’ll ever see for saving at Victoria’s Secret. Shopping outerwear on a Saturday can sometimes lead up to 51% in savings compared to the rest of the week.



  • Major Appliances: This is the day for the best deals, as people like Sundays to go out shopping for washers and dryers, microwaves, and ovens.
  • Groceries: With new manufacturer coupons coming out in newspaper inserts and special pricing, this is a great day for deals on food. Go in the early morning so you’ll find fresh produce, shelves that are stocked, and a quiet store. Here are more tips to save big at stores like Walmart and Kroger.
  • Swimsuits: This is a great day to go swimsuit shopping since the average discount can be up to 52%. By the end of the weekend, fewer people are interested in buying an outfit for the pool or beach. But by following these 9 rules for saving on swimwear, you can save even more.
  • Personal Care Items: This is the day to hit up the big drugstores to find deals like free toothpaste or deodorant. Go early to get first dibs since many of these shelves are stocked full the night before. Sundays are when the discounts and rebates on the latest store circulars kick in. For the very best deals, find out how to coupon at Walgreens, how to coupon at Rite Aid, or how to shop Target.


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