January 2nd, 2014
Welcome to 2015! We hope you had a great holiday and eased back into the normal schedule quickly.
Today we’ll look at the best bargains in January and what to hold off on buying.
We’ll start off with a Freebie! January 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and in celebration, all 405 national parks will feature free admission. While a large number of our parks are already free of charge, notable parks that are waiving their fees include several of the most-visited in the country, such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Olympic National Park. If you miss it, don’t worry! The next fee-free weekend comes in February for Presidents’ Day.
Our favorite resource at DealNews says now is the time to buy exercise equipment. In years past, there have been almost double the number of deals in January and don’t come back again until Spring. So if you’ve been wanting a total home gym, you may find them 30-70% off the retail price.
Now is also the time to purchase winter sports equipment like skis and snowboards. It’s also a great time to buy winter apparel. You can typically find discounts of 50% to 80% off on coats and winter accessories at stores like Eddie Bauer, REI, Macy’s, and JC Penney.
If you’re into gaming, there may still be some good deals on the XBox One.
New furniture will be released in February, so many stores are putting last year’s inventory on sale to clear out room. Look for good deals at Target, Sears, Home Depot and JC Penney’s. Now is also a good time to buy a new mattress. If you don’t buy this month, you will want to wait until May.
Look for Valentine’s Day presents. If you typically give jewelry, you can find good deals from the after Christmas sales. But you’ll need to hop on this quickly as the prices slowly increase to a peak in February.
Buy your tax software now even if you’re not ready to start your taxes. Last year, there were some good deals in February and March. Keep an eye out specifically for deals that discount state filing; many services offer free filing for federal tax returns, but state returns typically require an additional fee. So, if there’s a package in January that offers free filing for the state, it may be a better deal then a larger discount on the Federal software later on.
Buy a bin and go crazy buying up Christmas goods like lights, ornaments, wrapping paper and other Christmas themed items. If you’ve ever wanted to switch to a fake Christmas tree, now is the time to buy. Look for gift sets that can be taken apart and repackaged as different gifts.
You may find better discounts on seasonal decor and stocking stuffers at craft stores. Look in the back of the store for their clearance wall.
The Consumer Electronics Show will be happening in Las Vegas this week. Once the new 2015 models are announced, you should see a drop in electronics like laptops, cameras, audio equipment, tablets, televisions and more.
What fruits and vegetables should you be looking to buy in January? Thankfully there are quite a few. And don’t forget to pull out your slow cooker to make some stick-to-your-ribs stews and soups since it’s so cold out.
Did you save any money for specials in January or are you still paying off December’s purchases?