January is the Best Time to Buy These 9 Things
Worried you missed out on all the After Christmas sales? Well, dry your tears because some of the best sales of the year are going live in retail and online stores everywhere.
January is the ideal time of the year to buy these nine things:
Bedding and Towels
White sales traditionally show up in January. Expect big discounts on most bedding, bath, and home essentials. Stores can often offer from up to 50% off to up to 75% off select bedding, bath, and other items during a white sale. Here are the types of items you’ll likely see at white sales:
- Home decor
Most everyone starts a New Year with resolutions and intentions to get his or her life in order, but if you can stay organized until mid-January without a calendar, expect to save over 50% on most calendars and planners.
Most people include getting physically fit on their list of New Year’s resolutions, which is why January is a great time to sign up for a gym membership. If the past is any indication of the future you can expect gyms to waive extra fees (which can add an extra $10 to $100 to your annual membership), offer free trials, or give discounted rates to new members in January.
After the holidays and when New Year’s resolutions are still in force, stores will start to lure customers in with sales. Expect huge deals from 30% to 70% off.
Sales on cruises usually show up in January and February, when people are most likely to be booking their spring break and summer vacations.
While Black Friday remains the best time of the year to buy TVs and other electronic gear, January is a close runner-up. But wait until after the Consumer Electronics Show closes (this year CES is Jan. 6-11) when all the new models are introduced. That’s when retailers kick into high gear with huge discounts on older models in order to make space for all the new stuff. Also if you can hold on until the end of the month, TVs are notoriously discounted even further just before the Super Bowl.
Shelves are pretty well picked over by now, but what remains at stores like Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes discounted will be discounted up to 90%.
It’s a great time to buy clothing in general, but you’ll find some of the best deals on winter coats. Last year Walmart discounted a selection of women’s coats to just $8. Look for better quality designer discounts at Macy’s and Amazon, where Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein coats will see their most dramatic price drops of the season in January.
According to a study from NerdWallet, January is the best month to buy a home because that’s when home prices are typically the lowest they’ll be all year.
Home prices in January typically take a dip compared with the summer buying season. In its report, NerdWallet analyzed two years of Realtor.com data for the 50 most populous U.S. metro areas and found that in January and February, home sales prices were 8.45% lower on average than in June through August.