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What-To-Buy-in-January

Sooner or later just about everything goes on sale. Knowing when items are at their lowest prices and buying them before you need them is a shopping technique that can save you hundreds of dollars every year on all kinds of items from groceries to gifts!

We know you did a lot of shopping in December, and you may not be ready to do more shopping already. However, January brings low prices on TONS of items! If any of the items below are on your “want” list this year, now is the time to buy!

Best Things To Buy In January:

From the Grocery Stores

  • Diet Foods
    To help you keep those New Year’s Resolutions, grocery stores will have all kinds of diet foods on sale including name brands like Kashi, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and more.
  • Oatmeal
    January is National Oatmeal Month, so look for deals from Quaker and on items like Cereal, Cereal Bars and Instant Oatmeal.
  • Super Bowl Party Foods
    Bowl games and the Super Bowl in February drive grocery store sales on party foods in January. Look for sales and coupon booklets on items like soda, cheese, dips, chips, crackers, cookies and more. (You also might want to check out our appetizers and snacks recipes if you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party!)
  • Cold Medicines
    Peak cold and flu season brings sale prices on over-the-counter medicines for children and adults. There will also be coupons available for these items!

In Season Produce

The cheapest produce in stores and at local farmer’s markets is always what’s in season. Here are January’s in-season fruits and veggies:

  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Citrus (including oranges, grapefruit and tangerines)
  • Kale (and other greens like Collards, Mustard and Turnips)
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Pomegranates
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes

Furniture

New models are typically released in February. Retailers will be clearing out to make space for the new, so it’s time to shop for that new dining room set, bedroom furniture or sofa you’ve been wanting.

Appliances

Many people like to replace appliances before the holiday guests arrive, so retailers stocked up last month and will have excess inventory to clear out in January. Now is the time to upgrade that stove, dishwasher or washing machine!

Toys

Stores will be clearing out the excess Christmas inventory! Make a list of kids you’ll need to buy birthday gifts for this year and stock up now!

Electronics

Spiraling prices on electronics started in November and December, but some prices hit their lowest in January. The Consumer Electronics Show takes place this month introducing new models with lots of new features. What was new yesterday is now cheaper! You’ll see reduced prices on HDTVs this month and in February leading up to the Superbowl.

Linens

You’ll see lots of advertisements for White Sales this month. Grab sheets, comforters, pillows, towels and more at great prices.

Home Fitness Equipment

Retailers are prepared for your New Year’s resolution to lose weight! There are so many in-stock fitness gadgets on the market now, the competition is great for driving the prices down.
NOTE: If your heart isn’t set on a “new” item, garage sales are great for picking up treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines for super cheap year ’round.

Christmas Decorations

Stores with leftover inventory will have decorations of all kinds, wrapping paper and ribbon at severely discounted prices. Buy now and be ready for next year! The best selection will be on December 26, but you’ll still see remnants of holiday decor in January. Check those back, clearance shelves of every store you go into!

Outdoor Camping and Hiking Items

January is considered off-season for camping and hiking gear. If you’re in need of some new outdoor equipment, you’ll find some great prices this month on things like:

  • Fishing gear
  • Camp and hiking stoves
  • Backpacks
  • Tents
  • Kyaks

Houses

While January isn’t the best time to sell a house, it is a great time to buy one. Most people planning to move will opt to wait for the end of the school year. If a house is on the market now, it is likely a “must sell” situation that always benefits the buyer.

Suits and Winter Clothing

Warm-weather clothing collections will start going on sale this month to make room for spring.

FREE National Parks Day

January 19th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and is one of the FREE dates to visit a National Park.
Find the complete list of official FREE Entrance Dates in the National Parks for 2015 and plan a free family outing!

What NOT To Buy in January:

Here are a few of the items you’ll want to purchase another time:

Patio Furniture and Accessories

Most stores cleared out their summer inventory of patio furniture and grills over the past couple of months. Those items in stores now are likely early arriving spring inventory and will not be good deals.

Small Appliances

Items like toasters and coffee makers were at their lowest prices the past couple of months. If you’re looking to replace some small appliances, you’ll get better prices next month at a President’s Day Sale.

Winter Sports Equipment

Snowboards and Skis are at peak season right now. Waiting for sales in March and April will bring better prices. If you need it now, garage sales and thrift stores would be your better bet.

Mattresses

Waiting till February’s President’s Day Sales will bring you more savings on mattresses. Hold off on buying these till next month.

Luggage

January has some of the highest prices on luggage. March and April will bring better prices when people are starting to prepare for spring break and summer vacations. Need it now? See if you can borrow some luggage from a friend.

~ Happy January Bargain Shopping!

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