Clark Howard: Let the calendar be your guide to sales

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Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Listen to Clark’s live radio show 8-10 p.m. weekdays on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, it’s still possible to get great deals if you just let the calendar be your guide. Retailers typically do 40 percent or more off all their annual sales during the Christmas shopping season. But the deals they offer are concentrated heavily at two times — early in the season and then much later on. So don’t fall for the ploy where you see stores promoting sales that are actually non-sales. In general, the deals won’t pick back up again until now (mid-December). Clothing typically goes on sale now. Monday is a key date, particularly for seasonal goods. That includes women’s robes, men’s belts, wallets — basically anything you buy when you’re clueless about what to buy for that ?


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