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Where to Look for BBQ Grill Deals

To find the best grill deals, you may have to do some digging. The best time of year to find discounts is September and October, when retailers want to get rid of their summer gear and make room for holiday stuff.

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If you want the newest model or the largest selection, shop at the beginning of grilling season (May), but don't expect to find the lowest prices. Remember to consider shipping costs if you're buying online -- grills are large and the price can add up quickly. The good news is that many online retailers offer free shipping on orders over a certain dollar amount.

Home and garden retailers are the best places for frugal shoppers to begin their hunts for BBQ grill deals. Sears sells primarily Kenmore products and we've seen deeply discounted Kenmore gas grills in the Outdoor Living section of its website. A quick search of the Sears Outlet will likely reveal many Kenmore grill deals, with a few other brands thrown in, among them Brinkmann and Char-Broil. Our most recent search turned up more than two dozen new and reconditioned grills priced below $250. Kmart (owned by Sears) also offers bargains on Kenmore grills in addition to other brands, such as Weber and Char-Broil, and provides free shipping to the store nearest you for pickup.

Not to be left out, Lowe's features several grills priced below $250 (including one of our top picks, the Char-Griller Grillin' Pro 3001, for $169). Home Depot likewise features some BBQ grill deals, including a Weber One Touch Gold 22.5 -- another Cheapism pick -- starting at $149, with free shipping.

Don't overlook Amazon. The online superstore displays many BBQ grill deals, including our favorite charcoal barbecue, the Char-Griller Wrangler 2123, for just $129. Most grills are also eligible for free Super Saver shipping. Online retailer Abt earns an almost-perfect score with reviewers on Reseller Ratings and has proved a good source for charcoal grills, specifically; the selection of gas grills in our price range doesn't impress. Newegg offers a number of grills priced below $100 and some come with free shipping. One good thing about this site is there's no guessing at shipping costs -- the charge is listed right under the item price. GrillsDirect.com is a specialized retailer with numerous BBQ grill deals under $200 and provides free shipping on most units -- some even ship out within 24 hours.

Walmart, Target, and Best Buy also offer exceptional BBQ grill deals. Walmart offers more than 200 grills under $250, while Best Buy has grills starting as low as $50 and Target as low as $60 for a smaller selection. Walmart offers free shipping to store on most grills, while Target has some listed with a special $9.99 shipping price.

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Comparison sites are good places to check prices to ensure you're getting the best BBQ grill deals. The best comparisons we found in the Cheapism price range were from Yahoo Shopping. During grilling season, deal sites have a lot of discounts to peruse. Before you buy, do a quick search for coupons. You may be able to find manufacturer coupons or store coupons from sites such as Deals.com. A recent search revealed free shipping coupons from several online retailers advertising BBQ grill deals.

by Raechel Conover (Google+ Profile)

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