Happy New Year! January is the month of new beginnings and getting a reality check on your finances. We love January because we’re able to plan our whole year in just one day, and also create our quarterly goals for the next 3 months. It’s also the month where you can get the best deals on items you’ll need in the coming year. Below is a list of things to buy in January that you’ll find on sale or clearance.
You will see a ton of deals on workout wear, online and in the brick and mortar stores. There will also be lots of deals on monthly exercise programs, or box subscriptions.
Tip: For the best deal on exercise clothing online, place the items you would like into your shopping cart, sign up for an account on the website and close the tab. Within 24 to 48 hours, you will receive a special discount code to use towards your purchase. Some companies will send up to 50% off codes that you can use on sale items.
Winter is here, and so are the coat sales. Stores like Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy and even Target will have great deals on coats for the whole family.
Tip: Stock up! If there is a great deal on coats for kids, get them a coat in their current size and another in the size you anticipate them being in next winter. Most kids move up 2 sizes from winter to winter. Here’s a great post on how to shop ahead for your kids.
There is a misnomer that the holidays are the best times to buy electronics, but January (and the beginning of February) is the most opportune time to get a deal on televisions. Companies are looking to get rid of last year’s inventory in anticipation for selling new models in the spring.
Tip: Speak to the manager at your local Best Buy, and find out when certain companies will be having their sales this month. If there is a particular television you have in mind, let them know. They may even call you once it’s on sale or they have a floor model up for grabs.
This one is simple: it’s winter, the bike inventory at toy stores are vast thanks to holiday sales so they want to get rid of as many as possible. Also, sporting stores will have great deals on adult bikes.
Tip: Keep a look out for Toys R Us and their bicycle sale. They usually have the sale mid-January, or even as late as the beginning of February. You could yield up to 70% off.
Yes, now is the time to buy that grill you’ve had your eye on since last summer. Like electronics, large summer essentials like grills will be on sale and clearance in order to make way for new models.
Craft, home decor, and even your local drug stores will have great sales on picture frames this month. Due to the large amount of holiday pictures we all take, stores like to use January to move their large frame inventory and get us to buy multiples.
Tip: take advantage of “buy more, save more” deals. Think of how you will use frames in the coming year, and stock up (Mother’s and Father’s day gifts, teachers gifts, etc.).
Obviously, this pairs well with the picture frame sales mention above. Keep an eye out on your spam folder for coupon codes from photo printing sites like Shutterfly. This will be a great time to print your favorite pictures from 2013, and place them in those photo frames you picked up.
This is THE BEST time to plan your vacation for the coming year. Travel agents and sites will be falling over themselves to get you the best deals now for your vacations in the spring, summer and fall. This is the time when we plan our Disney vacations. We’re already set for our vacation in May, and received a great discount on it because we booked so early.
Tip: Look for deals where you can set up a payment plan or vacation fund to get the whole package paid for before your trip. Disney now has a Disney Vacation Account website which will be great for us frugal Disney fanatics.
I hope these things to buy in January will help you grab some great deals this month! Please feel free to view previous “things to buy” posts and share with family and friends.