The Best Time of Year to Buy Essentials
Why: Early summer is the peak of wedding season, which means that soon-to-be-married couples are adding one or two full sets of dishware to their registries. Retailers take that opportunity to promote both their fine and everyday china, according to Butler. If you find a pattern you like on sale, snap it up, he recommends: While china patterns used to be available for two or more years, now most are on store shelves for only 12 months.
Your savings: Twenty-five to 50 percent off.