What to Buy in January
Did you spend too much on Christmas presents? Are Christmas gift cards burning a hole in your pocket? Regardless which side of the fence you fall on, frugal shoppers will find plenty to buy in January. This is an excellent month to stock up on items like linens, or to make big purchases like home fitness gear and select electronics.
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Christmas/Holiday Items and Winter Apparel.Starting the day after Christmas, prices on holiday items take a dive and continue to fall throughout January. By now you should be seeing prices at least as low as half off, but the selection is dwindling fast. Still, if you're deciding what to buy in January, consider stocking up on wrapping paper, ornaments, cards, and the like to stash away for next year.
Ditto for winter apparel prices, which reach even deeper discounts than those in after-Christmas sales on holiday items. According to retailers' calendars, spring is right around the corner and they need the shelf space. January is a good month to find a good selection, good sales, and decent stackable coupons. February and March will see even better deals on winter clothing, but choices will be dwindling.
Electronics.Starting in November with Black Friday, electronics begin their downward price spiral. While November and December see huge discounts, January is synonymous with the best deals, except for TV's. The Consumer Electronics Show takes place early this month, which causes last year's models of tablets, cameras, and the like to hit the super-clearance aisles, especially if there's an upgrade. As for TVs, DealNews suggests that January is the month to do your research, but buying should wait until February, when prices will dip to their lowest point.
Linens.January is historically the best time to buy linens and towels given the "white sales" that spring up all over. That said, in recent years June has actually surpassed January in linen and towel sales. Still, these are practical items to buy in January if you don't want to wait another few months.
Home Fitness Gear.A gym membership definitely does not belong on your January shopping list. Getting in shape is a popular New Year's resolution and the local gym has no lack of new members. But for frugal shoppers looking to score a deal and kick their fitness levels up a notch, home workout gear is a good buy in January. If you're outfitting an entire home gym you'll find bargain prices on exercise equipment. Or, if you just want to follow along with a fitness DVD, these, too, will be on sale this month.
Furniture.January is one of the best times of year to buy furniture, second only to November. Why? Because new models are released in February, meaning retailers start discounting old inventory the month before. Need a new sofa or dining set? Plan to buy one in January.
Toys.While most toys won't see deep discounts this month, some will, particularly those that are based on a new movie. For example, the Frozen characters and associated toys that crowded the shelves this holiday season will likely hit the sales rack this month as retailers rush to clear out merchandise before the film's popularity wanes.
Seasonal Produce.Starting a diet in January may be another New Year's resolution. Stick to it with these fresh and cheap in-season vegetables: beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, kale, leeks, onions, and parsnips. Add some sweetness to your day with these healthy, seasonal fruits: clementines, cranberries, grapefruit, pears, pineapples, and pomegranates.