January is a month packed with new opportunities, especially if you’re looking to score a great deal. I’ve put together a list of the best things to buy in January to help you keep money in your pocket!
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I hope you had a great Christmas! Ours was nice, but a little too quiet this year. In the past we’ve always visited my grandparents on Christmas day, but since they’re all spending Christmas in Heaven now, we stayed home and watched Christmas movies.
New Year’s Eve was also mine and my husband’s 16th wedding anniversary. I cannot believe it has been 16 years already! We spent the day helping my dad get everything out of their old house, since they bought a new house right before Christmas. It was hard seeing the house empty since there were so many great memories of growing up there. But, as my friend Holly said, “the old is passing away and all things are becoming new.” My parents have started a new adventure, and I’m so excited for them!
The start of the new year not only brings great new things, but it also brings great sales! Not everything will be a great bargain this month, however you can score some great deals if you shop smart. I’ve put together a great list of the best things to buy in January to help you save this month.
What to Buy In January
Christmas Stuff: Stores start discounting items right after Christmas and if you wait until January you can score even greater discounts. Think decorations, ornaments, candy, and wrapping supplies. However, don’t just limit it to these items. You can also get great deals on baking supplies and gift sets, too. Just because the packaging expired doesn’t mean the items have.
This is a great time to stock up on gift sets for upcoming birthdays. You can always take the items out of the package and place them in a gift basket.
Televisions: Many stores, such as Best Buy and Target, put their TV’s on sale at the end of the month, before the Super Bowl. So if you’re looking for a new big screen TV to watch the big game on, check the sales ads this month before shopping.
Fitness Gear: A lot of gyms offer huge discounts on a yearly membership during the month of January. If you’re serious about joining a gym and sticking with it for a year, now is the time to join.
However, if you know you won’t take advantage of the great deals, then it’s best to skip the membership. You can also find great deals on fitness equipment so you can work out at home.
Gift Cards: Believe it or not, there are sites out there that will buy unwanted gift cards and resell them at a discounted price. Google “discounted gift cards” and a list of sites will come up for you to choose the best deals.
Vacation Packages: Booking a cruise in January will save you money on your upcoming travels during the year. From January to March is “wave season” in the cruise industry. This season is known for its amazing added incentives such as discounted or free excursions, cabin upgrades, and on-board credits.
Hotels are also known for their discounted rates during the month of January. Rewards members and certain credit card holders can earn extra points on stays throughout the month. Check booking.com, hotels.com, and expedia.com for more information. Rakuten.com is another great site to check. Plus you get cash back for using them!
Seasonal Foods: Save money on your grocery bill in January by eating in season produce. Since it’s winter, stews and soups are great dinner ideas for those cold nights!
- Fruits – citrus fruits, apples, pears, lemons, kiwi, and dried fruits.
- Vegetables – root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and beets
- Greens – kale, cabbage, broccoli, and brussel sprouts
Holiday Returns: A lot of returned items go back to the sales floor after Christmas, but did you know that some of them get marked down and sold as open-box merchandise? And a lot of returns are shipped to discount stores like Ross, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx. I love to shop these stores because I can get the best deals on items for my home.
Best Sales in January
White Sales: January has been known for its white sales, which happens when stores have deep discounts on certain items to increase their sales. These sales go all the way back to 1878! During white sales you can find great deals on bedding (sheets and blankets), towels, and more items needed for the home. You can expect discounts of up to 60-70 percent off items.
Martin Luther King Jr Day Sales: This is not exactly a day I associate with a great sale, but some stores certainly do. This day falls on January 20th and you can find great deals on clothing and home goods.
Now you have an amazing list of the best things to buy in January! What’s on your list to buy this month?
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