Thursday, January 21, 2016

Timing is Everything

Now that 2016 has officially begun, there are probably things you know you will need to replace or upgrade this year. It could be smaller things like cookware or maybe your computer is on its last legs or you need something bigger like a new house. But did you know there are better times than others to make these purchases throughout the year? Here is a breakdown of when you should buy what...

January - March

When the winter months are hitting the hardest, it’s time to invest in some items that will come in handy during the summer months. Gas grills and air conditioners are often on sale during these months to make room for all the new stock that will be rolling in during the spring. It’s also a great time to get married. Winter tends to be a slow time for the wedding industry so you can get some great deals on both supplies and venues.

April - June

This is the best time to buy TVs and electronics because March is at the end of the fiscal year in Japan so many manufacturers are looking to move their leftover product. Perfect if you’re looking for an upgrade. Houses are also big this time of year. While prices might be a bit higher because it’s peak season, you will likely have a much wider selection, so you have a better chance of finding exactly what you’re looking for.

July - September

The beginning of the summer is a good time to look at new furniture. There will be new stock coming in ahead of the fall moving season so stores will be looking to make room. Also if you’re looking to make a few improvements around the house, July is a great time to invest in power tools. And just in time to chase away those end-of-summer blues, you’ll see a lot of sales on computers, just in time for back-to-school.

October - December

This is the best time to get a new car. As the new models have received most of the attention during the year, last year’s models are going for much less. Also, with the holidays coming up, there are often huge sales on everything you could want for your kitchen. Finally, if you have a bit of a green thumb, it’s a great time to buy some new plants, which might be just what the doctor ordered as the gray winter months approach.

Do you have any other suggestions for the best time to make purchases, big or small? Let us know on the TracFone Facebook or Twitter pages.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Small Resolutions, Big Results

In the new year, we often find ourselves making resolutions that are big and grandiose. You want to lose 40 pounds. You want to quit smoking. But most of the time, unfortunately, these don’t pan out. So in the spirit of self-improvement, here a few small resolutions that you can make (and stick to) to help make 2016 excellent.

1. Reach out

People drift apart, even when they don’t mean to. Life happens. So make 2016 the year you get back in touch with those you don’t talk to as much. Whether it’s an old college friend or the aunt you only see during the holidays, drop them a call, text or e-mail. it will feel great to reconnect with someone important to you.

2. A novel idea

We all have that list. You know what we mean. That list of books we have been meaning to read. Well, make this the year you cross a couple of those off. We’re not asking you to read “War & Peace” (unless it’s on your list) but it’s great to just curl up with a good book on a quiet afternoon and enjoy.

3. Cooking up something good

In 2016, you can also look to expand your cooking prowess. Whether your signature dish is Cornish game hen or ramen noodles, the best part about cooking is there’s always room to improve, try new things and expand your horizons. Once you’ve perfected a few exciting recipes, invite some friends and family over to show off everything you’ve learned.

Do you have ideas for some small resolutions for 2016? Be sure to share with us on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages.