When it comes to luggage, durability is key. If you fly frequently, you know how rough airlines can be on your bags, so look for something made of a high-quality nylon material, with a large zipper that works effortlessly. Additionally, make sure the retractable handle moves smoothly, and that the wheels on a rolling bag have a wide base, preferably with a sealed ball bearing system. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, start shopping in March, when retailers try to clear out inventory for new models that come out just before the summer travel season. Check out Kohl’s for frequent discounts and coupon codes on luggage. Amazon, Overstock and eBay all have a good selection and decent prices as well, but try to get your hands on a bag to check its quality before buying online.
If it’s a purse or handbag you’re in the market for, durability and function are still a big consideration, but style will also come into play. Whether you’re looking for a high-end designer bag or just an everyday bag to carry all your stuff, look for good sales in July. For everyday bags, check out Amazon, Zappos and eBags. All have a great selection and offer really good prices. For designer bags, you’ll get the best deal if you shop thrift and consignment shops, including online retailers like ThredUp. You’ll get big name bags without the huge price tag.
Finally, if you or your kids are headed back to school and need a new backpack, check out Target, Walmart and Kohl’s, and wait as long as you can. If you put off buying until the very end of August or early September, you’ll likely be rewarded with a great deal.