Did you know there are specific times of year that lend themselves well to making certain purchases? Everyone knows the price of holiday decorations goes way down at very the end of the year, but did you know that it’s also smart to buy a wedding dress in December? Or that you can save money by signing up for a gym membership early in the summer?

We pulled out our calendar and did some research to bring you some of the best times of year to buy everything from wedding dresses and houses to electronics and wine. Over the course of the week we’ll take a closer look at the best deals for each season. For today, take a look at our general findings and learn how you can shop smarter all year long.