Athletic apparel and shoes
To get the deepest discounts on athletic apparel Consumer Reports says time it right - look for weekend sales for even better discounts.
Camping and outdoor gear
The magazine notes that buyers should be doubtful of what a tent claims to accommodate (6 person tents may only be comfortable for 4.) Try before you buy, using store displays and ask if they'll price match online deals.
Once you buy, Consumer Reports recommends keeping carpet looking its best by using an upright, bagged vacuum to keep it clean.
Lawn mowers and tractors
A gas or electric push mower is fine for a small lawn, experts say - but self-propelled gas models are best for slopes and a lawn tractors for property over one-half acre.
Consumer Reports says it's best to buy your mattress in person rather than online, unless you've already tried the identical mattress in a store. They also offer up this hint: Stores keep the priciest models up front.
Small consumer electronics
If you're in the market for smaller consumer electronics such as an MP3 player, Blu-ray or streaming media player, or a home theater system, you should find some good savings this month.
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