When is the best time to buy your summer vacation essentials, including sunglasses, sunscreen and towels
Your flights are booked and your passports are checked – all you have to do is buy all the other stuff to make your vacation run smoothly.
And with many families going this year for the first time since 2019, it’s going to be an expensive time to stock up on travel items that have been broken, outdated or simply lost during lockdown. Travel Giant Tui reported that bookings have increased by almost 20% compared to pre-pandemic levels, with an increase in travel to the Caribbean and Cape Verde, which is believed to be due to less strict Covid rules at the start. of the year.
If you’re an organized type who prefers to shop throughout the year to spread the cost, did you know that you can save money depending on when you buy certain items? The ship sailed for sunglasses, suitcases and sandals, all of which tend to be cheaper in March, but depending on when you take off, you probably still have time to pack the rest of your gifts from vacation at the best price possible before you go.
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A report from one of Europe’s leading price comparison sites idealo. co.uk, shows the cheapest month to buy popular holiday products such as sunscreen, swimwear, beach towels and more by September. And data has shown that vacationers can save up to a quarter (24%) of their normal spending budget.
For those looking to capture the perfect holiday memories, the biggest saving can be made on action cameras, which are reduced by an average of £59.33, if purchased in May.
Here we take a look at the best (and worst) time to buy, month by month, and the average cost of items:
Best time to buy: March £115.36
Most expensive purchase period: August £120.87
Best time to buy: May £31.27
Most expensive purchase period: August £36.15
Suitcases and bags
Best time to buy: March £112.78
Most expensive purchase period: September £124.12
Best time to buy: June £32.31
Most expensive purchase period: September £36.25
Best time to buy: May £184.66
Most expensive purchase period: £243.99
Best time to buy: July £16.18
Most expensive purchase period: August £16.91
Best time to buy: May £17.55
Most expensive purchase period: September £22.33
Best time to buy: March £54.32
Most expensive purchase period: £59
Best time to buy: September £20.69
Most expensive purchase period: May £21.40
Best time to buy: April £158.02
Most expensive purchase period: June £164.23
Best time to buy: June £77.01
Most expensive purchase period: April £80.30
Best time to buy: June £62
Most expensive purchase period: March £65.89
Did you come across any good holiday sales? Let us know where you pick up the bargains in the comments section
Katy Phillips, Head of Brand and Communications at idealo, said: “Holidays have been in the air for the past couple of years, but it looks like this summer could see things return to the norm. To excite the British, we hope our essential guide to budget holidays will inspire those who have booked holidays to start preparing early and counting the days. Comparison shopping can save hundreds of dollars in unnecessary expense, so we hope shoppers stock up on their essentials as their jollies approach! »