You might be surprised by how many deals are left out there once the holiday craze comes to an end. In fact, January has some of the best deals of the year outside of our holiday season, including some great deals on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. For that reason, January is the best time to buy these 23 things.
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23 BEST THINGS TO BUY IN JANUARY
1. Gym Memberships
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, almost half of all people say they want to get in shape or lose weight, so it’s no shock to see gym memberships here. Chances are, you’ll be inundated with advertisements in the mail right after Christmas.
If you’re looking to get in better shape or shed some pounds, then this is a great opportunity to do so at a discounted price. If you’re near a 24-Hour Fitness, check out their New Year’s special here.
2. Health & Fitness
You may opt to do your morning workout from the comfort of your own home rather than sharing space at the gym. If that is the case you are in luck, because fitness equipment sales abound in the month of January. Stop by Amazon to find the best deals on ellipticals, treadmills, digital scales and a whole host of other deals on exercise and fitness gear.
If you’re like me, this is also a great time to get on track with your diet after the holiday festivities. While some people begin meal prepping themselves, others opt to have pre-made meals delivered to help them save time and stay on track. If that’s you, Weight Watchers has some fantastic plans available.
3. White Sales
White sales may be the oldest of all sales, dating back to 1878! Each January retailers mark down new linens, such as sheets, comforters and towels, making it the perfect time to freshen up your home. With deals up to 70% off at some retailers, you can brighten up your home for very little cost.
While August provides some great fares during part of the month, no month may give you more days of deals than January. While most people travel during November & December, there will still be a few people returning from their travels at the beginning of the year. In particular, CheapAir.com says you’ll find incredible flights to the Caribbean during January, but you’ll find the absolute best prices by booking about six months in advance. Overall, if you can arrange to fly in January, you will find amazing deals from places like CheapOAir.
If you weren’t able to snag a TV during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, don’t fret, because January is a great month to pick up a TV. With most manufacturers announcing their new models, inventory needs to be cleared and if you’re okay with picking up a one-year-old model, you’ll be able to score a great deal.
When it comes to TVs, big retailers offer some incredible deals right before the Super Bowl on February 3rd of this year, so take advantage and watch the big game on a new TV. Check out Amazon, Best Buy & Walmart to find what you are looking for. Check out our Best Super Bowl TV Deals for 2019.
6. Holiday Decor
As stores settle back into their routine, they often need to remove left over holiday décor inventory. What many people don’t realize is that these discounts can even start the week before Christmas, as some stores try to get ahead of the game. You may have to compromise on selection, but you won’t get any bigger bang for your buck, with some stores discounting up to 75%. Along with decor like Christmas trees, lights and wrapping paper, you’ll also find discounts on Christmas cards and candy.
Over a billion dollars of gift cards go unused each year, with a heavy concentration given during the holiday season. Chances are, just as you’ve received other gifts you don’t need, the same is true of gift cards. With that in mind, companies like Raise.com, look to connect sellers to buyers, often at a discount. With more cards floating after the holidays, chances are, you can score a great deal from someone looking to unload theirs for cash.
8. Wedding Dresses
There is a bit of debate about the best month to purchase a wedding dress at an affordable price, but there is a clear consensus that the winter months of December, January and February offer the best prices. If the timing works out, you will find deals on last year’s styles as the new lines come in for the spring season and retailers look to move last year’s inventory.
9. Suits & Dress Clothes
With sales slowing in January, many retailers lower prices on suits and dress clothes in an attempt to lure potential buyers. With bigger ticket items such as suits, this can mean huge savings. You also want to consider how long you will be using your suit, as cheaper ones don’t tend to last as long. It may be worth the investment to drop a few more dollars on a suit that will last if you want to avoid purchasing another one in a few years.
Sprucing up your look in the new year or need a great gift for him for Valentine’s Day? You’ll find some amazing time pieces at Ambassador Watches. After years of not wearing a watch, my wife purchased one for me on my birthday and I love wearing it! Any time I have an important meeting, it takes my look to the next level.
If you’d like greater selection, check out Ashford, where you’ll find a variety of affordable and high-end watches. Either way, make sure to act sooner than later, as many watches go out of stock in February as Valentine’s Day approaches.
Among the most notable deals is Victoria Secret semi-annual sale in January (through January 15) and June. Many people don’t realize that many other retailers, like Macy’s and even Amazon, hold their own semi-annual sales. You’ll find the best deals during this time, up to 70%, with bras under $10.
12. Winter Apparel
For many of the same reasons suits go on sale, winter apparel does as well. However, selection for winter apparel generally tends to be greater in large clothing retailers, who are looking to prepare the way for spring inventory in just a few months. If you can wait until January, you will be able to score some incredible deals on winter coats and clothing.
13. Scooters & Bikes
Bikes & scooters are a popular Christmas gift, but they’re also bulky. Sales for bikes slow in January as many parts of the country begin to experience more severe weather, making biking rather difficult. Stores looking to create shelf space slash prices to make room for better-moving items.
14. Valentine’s Gifts
As you may guess, jewelry is a hot ticket item for the holidays, as December is the most popular month for engagements, with 1 in 6 people popping the question during the month. Of course, February sees plenty of bling during the Valentine’s season, leaving January strategically placed between the holidays to capture some great deals. Shopping online? Kay Jewelers offers some great deals during this time.
Flowers are also a great item to pre-order in January, as you are likely to save an average of 15-20% on a dozen roses. Also, keep in mind that early January will yield greater savings than the end of the month. Check out 1-800-FLOWERS & Just Flowers to find some great deals before prices go up.
With many new styles hitting the market in February & August, just in time for the spring and fall seasons, stores will look to clear out old stock. Keep in mind that selection will be limited the longer you wait and styles will be more winter-themed, but if there is something you love among what is left, you’ll score some huge savings. Macy’s, Wayfair, Joss & Main and Crate & Barrel all run great ads during this time.
Another money saving tip is to ask about floor models, as many stores will mark down the price by as much as 15%.
If you need to wait a bit longer, check back in July for what most consider to be January’s mid-year counterpart when it comes to furniture deals.
16. Flooring & Carpet
With home purchases being higher in the summer and fall seasons, new releases in spring and many people looking to get those last minute renovations completed for the holidays, the first couple weeks of January generally remains fairly quiet. With lower demand, you have greater leverage to negotiate on installation prices. Ask installers about what kind of break they can give you on materials as well, as they may have left over inventory on popular brands and materials.
January serves as one of the absolute best months to purchase large appliances, as new models of most large appliances are released in September and October (new models of refrigerators come out in spring). Retailers needing to reduce stock after the holiday rush will offer great discounts on older models. While incredible deals are to be had in store, you can still find great value online at popular retailers like Home Depot and Best Buy.
If you really want to maximize your purchasing power, go during slower days, typically Thursday, and at the end of the month at stores where sales people may need to make quotas during a typically slow month.
With many people electing to pull their home off the market or wait to list during the holiday season, January typically sees an abundance of homes hit the market. Greater inventory shifts the market to a buyer’s favor, meaning you may well find the home of your dreams at a more affordable price. Of all the items on our list, homes provide the greatest amount of variables, so it is important to consult a realtor about your local market.
Many of the deals on this list are opportunistic in the sense that they come on the heels of inventory reduction, but cruise lines get a bit more proactive for their January deals, with the beginning of Wave Season. These deals run from January until March, offering incredible deals for future cruises. Cruise Direct provides comparative prices for cruises to destinations all over the world.
Hotels are the one industry with relatively fixed inventory, meaning that they are greatly affected by demand. With November and December keeping hotels busy during the holidays, hotels face a steep drop off in January. Make sure to check out hotels.com during multiple days, but Friday and Saturday have historically provided the lowest prices. If you can be flexible with your travel dates and avoid Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the month of January will provide you with rates not found during any other time during the year.
21. Broadway Tickets
If you’ve dreamed about heading to a Broadway show, then Broadway Week will land you a great bang for your buck, with 2-for-1 tickets on many of the biggest shows. Broadway Week 2019 runs from January 21st to February 10th. Tickets go on sale beginning January 9th. This semi-annual sale will return in September, so stay tuned for more deals. Check out the NYC Insider Guide to get the latest information.
Boat shows ramp up in January, which is the off-season across the country. These shows not only feature new models, but also provide a great opportunity for deal seekers who realize retailers need to move remaining inventory to make way for newer models that hit the showroom in the spring. Whether you’re in the market for a new or used boat, boattrader.com is a fantastic resource for both information and purchases.
If you can’t wait until the winter boat show season, fall also offers steep discounts as retailers look to drive end of year sales.
If you are okay with going without a physical calendar for a week, then January is a great time to pick one up, as they are often discounted by up to half off in an effort to move this dated inventory. Need a great cat calendar, here are 12 Fun Calendars on Sale for 50% off or check out thousands more on Calendars.com!
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