6 Best Things to Buy in December
Who isn’t spending money in December? Between gifts and decorations, you’re likely to be shopping constantly. And it seems like everything’s a deal, but some are better than others. Whether you’re buying for yourself or a loved one, here are December’s true bargains — deals made even better when you shop online and use coupon codes.
Cold weather means you’re less focused on home improvement projects. Retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Harbor Freight offer sweet deals with off-season bargains on power and hand tools.
It’s peak season for dry skin, chapped lips and lackluster hair. Look for buy-one, get-one deals on your favorite haircare and cosmetic items. Many times you can also save on gift sets of beauty products and fragrances. Sephora and Macy’s are good sources that also offer coupon codes and store promotions.
Wine and Champagne
‘Tis the season to celebrate. Stock up on champagne, wine and spirits from merchants in your neighborhood or in bulk online. Retailers want to earn your loyalty all year long, so they’re discounting their bottles in anticipation of the holidays and New Year’s Eve. We’ll drink to that!
Toys and Games
The Black Friday buying frenzy marks the peak point of holiday toy sales. If you can hold off until mid-month, you’ll get 45 to 50 percent off toys in December. You might still have to pay full price for the hot toys of the season, but there are great deals out there if your kid isn’t picky or you want to stock up for birthdays and next year.
Warm Weather Stuff
If you can possibly think ahead to next summer, you’re ahead of the pricing game for sporting goods. Last year’s models of bicycles and golf equipment offer particularly good deals. It’s also a smart time to negotiate the cost of a backyard swimming pool. If you live in a warmer area, it’s slow season for pool builders, so it’s likely you’ll get a good deal on construction. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
A very popular holiday promotion is giving gift cards with purchases. If you’re going to be buying anyway, save those cards to give as gifts. Of course, you can also use them to cut your total gift-buying bill or, later in the year, when you see a particularly good sale.
While it’s not easy to think beyond the frenzy of the approaching holidays, it makes sense to buy items you’ll use year-round anyway. Think of it as a little gift to your budget.