September shopping deals

Labor Day is packed with sales. So many sales, in fact, that if you're not taking an end-of-summer vacation, Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert at Slickdeals, says shop till you drop this weekend. Trae suggests hitting the mall, where you'll find end of summer clothes for both adults and kids on sale.

April shopping deals

Spring is here and that means the home and garden sales are in full swing, according to Trae Bodge, a smart shopping expert at Slickdeals.net. Lowe's has garden beds and fertilizer on sale. Look for discounts on seed and sod and all of that good spring stuff at Home Depot, too. Things to avoid this month? Mattresses and patio furniture, which go on sale around Memorial Day.

February shopping deals

If you're thinking about proposing or buying jewelry this Valentine's Day, you'll find great sales. Trae Bodge, the smart-shopping expert with Slickdeals, says your timing is spot on. Historically, we see the best deals on jewelry around Valentine's Day and Mother's Day every year, she says. So this is a good time to invest in some jewelry.

What to buy in January

If you've recovered from the holiday shopping hangover and are ready to shop again, January has some great deals. Smart shopping expert Trae Bodge of Slickdeals says January is all about the guys. Look for 20 percent to 50 percent off men's apparel. Trae says that includes athletic apparel and particularly outerwear as retailers look to get rid of coats and stock their shelves with spring merchandise. Suits and other men's clothing should also be on sale.

Thanksgiving Day shopping

A long line of people waited outside the Best Buy on the Upper East Side for it to open Thursday. Some of them had been here for more than 24 hours. Why? $179 smart televisions. Customers loaded up at Walmart in Secaucus, New Jersey. The store opened early, putting employees to work on the holiday. Jill Jensen came to buy some last-minute cinnamon for cooking. Another shopper came for Christmas decorations and bread for the turkey dinner.

Grab those deals

Bad news if you were planning on staying home this Thanksgiving: the best deals are on Turkey Day. Janice Lieberman, a consumer analyst with DealNews, isn't saying you should leave your dinner table and run out in the middle of the pumpkin pie, but you should pay attention to the ads on Thanksgiving.

November best buys

November is typically known for its Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but there are some great deals earlier in the month. Slickdeals smart shopping expert Trae Bodge says November is a big shopping month. While the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season is Black Friday, Bodge says plenty of deals are available before then, so don't have a shopping moratorium.

What to buy in August

August is a great time for end-of-summer sales. Trae Bodge, a smart-shopping expert for Slick Deals, says you'll find especially good deals on outdoor categories. So if you've had your eye on a new barbecue for the backyard, a lawnmower, patio furniture, or a brand-new bike, they will finally be on sale in August.

Best buys for June

Summer vacations, new clothes for camp, even gifts for Father's Day. There's a lot to buy in the month of June. Smart shopping expert Trae Bodge explains how to get the most for your money. One of the biggest deal categories for June is travel. Bodge says now is the time to book that summer vacation. Slickdeals has flights to Myrtle Beach for $118 round trip out of New York. Looking to go a little further? Fly from JFK to Hong Kong and back on Asiana Airlines for $575. Bodge says international travel, which tends to be very expensive in summer, is heavily discounted in June.

Good deals in March

Time is money, and if you spend your money at the right time, you could save a ton of it. So I spoke with smart shopping expert Trae Bodge to find out what to buy and what to skip for the month of March. Bodge says there are good things to buy every month of the year, and knowing what's deeply discounted each month can help consumers save on their shopping.