Even though the holidays are over, you might not want to write off visiting the malls and shopping just yet – January brings some of the best unique buys you won’t want to miss.
linens: This was the best month to buy linens since January of 1878. John Wanamaker, the father of department stores, sold surplus stock of bedding during this usually slow time of the year and has become a staple ever since! Although these deals were originally called “white sales,” you may find similar sales under the name “bedding and bath sales” or even as part of a larger home sale. Keep an eye out for deals on sheets, bedspreads, quilts, and towels throughout the month.
furniture: With new furniture designs starting to roll out in February, older inventory is usually lowered and moved out of stores throughout January. Do you want to save more? Look for closing prices on signature dark color schemes for fall and winter fabrics. And remember, always measure new door openings and furniture – you don’t want to risk your new piece arriving and not fitting the door!
Carpet and flooring: Most homes are sold in the summer and fall, which means January is usually a slow month for carpet and flooring companies. To start your new year with savings, keep an eye out for the best deals on these products and don’t be afraid to negotiate prices.
Gift cards: While gift cards are an easy gift to give, not everyone receives money at the store of their choice. Gift card exchange sites offer cards at a discount, and some will buy them up to 92% of their face value. From stocking practical items like office supplies, groceries, or gas to selling cards for money, gift cards can keep giving beyond the holidays.
I wear clothes: As clothing stores remove their fall items in preparation for spring, January is the month when you buy suits, shorts, and sweaters for sale. Don’t forget to check your local resale and shipping stores when updating your work wardrobe – these gently worn clothes may still have their price tag!
winter products: I’m a big fan of planning menus around what’s in season, and winter brings plenty of citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruits, root vegetables like beets and kale, and members of the cabbage family including broccoli and Brussels sprouts. You’ll always get the best price and quality when you buy seasonal produce, and freezing some of the meals you cook will help you reach your health-related decisions after January.
High performance TV: With Super Bowl Sunday on the horizon, you might find deals on higher quality TVs that are actually more plentiful than they were during Black Friday. For even more savings, try asking about open box TVs because people often return to the mall to make returns on larger items after the holidays. Similar to the discounts seen on flooring models, returns can provide some big savings. To get the most bang for your buck, remember to check if open box TVs offer the same warranty as their unopened counterparts.
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gym membershipsNew Year’s resolutions usually include a gym membership, so gyms usually offer incentives like free personal training sessions, family or friends discounts, and even a waiver of registration fees to attract new members to join. Just be sure to read the fine print so you don’t get caught up in a long-term agreement you won’t want to keep this past February.
Here’s a happy and healthy New Year!
Janet Buffini is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who specializes in consumer news and protection. She is the author of The Joy of $aving: Money Lessons I Learned from My Italian-American Parents and 20 Years as a Consumer Reporter. Janet is a regular contributor to TheStreet. Her work includes reporting for CBS, MarketWatch, WSJ Sunday, and USA Today. Janet has contributed to “The Today Show” and a variety of other media. You can follow her tips to save money and ways to give back On Facebook: Janet Pavigny: The Joy of the $aving . community. Find links to her social media and her book on JeanettePavini.com.