Stacy wrote in, asking about when it would be the best time of year to buy a new lawn mower. She’s looking for mega discounts, and I had given this a bit of thought before realizing I need help with this one.
Looking at the upcoming gardening season, there are several notable sale periods to be aware of. There may be a few “spring sales events” between now and May, but they might be unpredictable, and retailers are under no pressure to move new stock at the beginning of the season. Then we have Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and July 4th. That’s not say that prices will actually be lowered during such holiday sales.
The deepest discounts will come towards the end of the season in late summer/early fall, but by that time mower selection and availability may be an issue. Besides, at that point will the extra savings justify the purchase of a new mower that can hardly be used until 6 months later?
With all this in mind, I would recommend watching the prices of a few models at different retailers with the intent to purchase a mower by mid-May. Many retailers have 30-day low-price guarantees, so if the price dropped during a Memorial Day or Father’s Day sale, it would be possible to go back for a price adjustment.
When do you guys think it would be best to buy a mower?