Shoppers "don't need to rush and buy everything right now," said Michelle Jones, a money-saving expert and the publishing editor of BetterBudgeting.com. "They can pace themselves and buy what they can afford this month and the sales will continue and they will be able to take advantage of more sales in the coming weeks."
It's also important to remember that you can find great prices outside of time-specific sales, said Michael Miller, the author of the "Bargain Hunter's Secrets to Online Shopping." Many retailers' Web sites, including those for Macy's, Sears, Land's End and LL Bean, have special clearance sections, Miller said.
"Look on their menu bars for something that says clearance or overstock," he said. "Often times, there are some really good bargains there and often people forget to shop there."
When shopping online, Miller warned, make sure to factor in shipping and handling fees when figuring out the best deal. For instance, an item that may initially appear lower priced on one Web site but has a shipping and handling fee, he said, could ultimately prove more expensive than a higher priced item on a Web site with free shipping.