Clark Howard: Mark your calendar for the best deals

Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

ClarkHowardWhat are the best buys right now? Yahoo Finance reports some of the deals during May and early June are obvious ones, while others you may not have thought about.

Mattresses

This is the best time to buy a mattress because people are not buying indoor stuff this time of year. Look for deals going into June. Consumer Reports recommends a regional chain called Original Mattress Factory. But I’m also partial to the warehouse clubs. If you’re going the warehouse club route, I suggest you pull a mattress off the rack and lay on it for 10 minutes or more — right there in the store — to make sure you like what you’re buying.

Spring merchandise

This is an obvious one because the spring goods are moving from the discount rack to the deep discount rack. Remember that you can always use the calendar to help you save money any time of the year: The first day of any season is when retailers typically put the current season’s clothing on discount because they’re getting ready for the next season.

Gym memberships

Now that the weather is warming up, many people are more inclined to do outdoor activities, rather than indoor ones. So that puts the pressure on health clubs to discount their memberships. If you want to join up, never ever sign a contract. You want to pay month-to-month or quarterly so you can bail out if necessary without paying a big fee.

Laptops

With Windows 8 coming out later this year, this is a great time to buy a laptop computer. I recently purchased a 15-inch laptop for $249. But I’m expecting you’ll be able to get full-featured laptops for $179 later this year.

-by Clark Howard, Save More, Spend Less, Avoid Rip-offs

Find more answers to your consumer questions at ClarkHoward.com. Listen to his radio show live 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday on WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM.

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Figment

May 31st, 2012
12:49 pm

Original Mattress Factory beds are great! My last 2 beds have been from there and when the time comes I will go there again. Most comfortable bed I have every owned or slept in.

Mary Lynn Wright

June 1st, 2012
12:36 pm

Clark,

Please give me your opinions on Generation America insurance.