7 Best Things to Buy in January
New year, new you – or something like that. If you’ve made a resolution to get physically fit, spruce up your living space or plan ahead for holidays ahead, this is the best month to save money. And with the Consumer Electronics Show in mid-month, new technology will mean savings on what’s out there now. Here are seven things to snap up in January.
Hands down, this will be the best deal of all. A mild winter means slow sales of coats, boots and sweaters. What’s a retailer to do? Mark ‘em down and down some more. Remember, it’s already time to make room for spring apparel on the racks. Look online for early winter clearance deals at stores like Macy’s, Target and Columbia Sportswear.
It might be counterintuitive, but fitness chains like 24 Hour Fitness drop prices in January to get you to keep that shape-up resolution. Look for low or no sign-up fees and a month or two of free membership. Ask for it if you’re not offered these options. And if you pay for a year in advance upfront, fitness centers are often more than willing to work with you.
Check out discounts and free shipping deals on fine chocolates and flowers toward the end of the month. And look for echoes of Christmas sales on jewelry and crystal. Buy baubles, from pretty earrings to engagement rings, at online retailers like Blue Nile and better department stores.
Of course you have holiday fatigue! We all do. But think how much money you’ll save next season if you take advantage of the clearances going on now. The 50 percent-off sales that started even before Santa shimmied down the chimney should be at least 70 percent off. What better excuse to spring for last year’s lazy-lighting craze, the laser projector – if you can find still find it.
The Tax Day deadline will be three days later than usual, thanks to a federal worker holiday and the weekend. Pair that little time luxury with some discounts on tax software. By the end of the month, you’ll see the beginning of software deals that can knock $10 to $20 off 2016 federal tax preparation programs. Remember, though, that programs to figure your state taxes often cost extra.
Home Sweet Home
Want to renew your home this spring? Furniture is usually a bargain in January at big retailers like Crate & Barrel, Sears and Target. Look through Home and Garden coupon codes for deals of 40 to 75 percent off. And don’t forget white sales. For 138 years they have offered some of the best savings on bedding, bath sets, curtains and pillows.
Tech and Electronics
The introduction of new gizmos at the big January trade show means prices for popular devices will start dropping. Although it might be better to wait until February or March, if you want it now the price is right. Look for discounts on cell phones, wearables, 1080p 4K TVs, and point-and-shoot cameras like this Sony Cyber-Shot 20.1 Megapixel.
If you’ve made a resolution to save money on what you buy, January sales will help you get the year started off right.