What leftovers can one look forward to after the holidays are done? How about 10 pounds of holiday weight? I’m already halfway there and I’m a Jew who doesn’t celebrate anything.
Some of the best leftovers will be waiting in stores. If you’re not too shopped out, there are plenty of deals to be had in January. Apparently, we could use the extra cash.
Take a look at what Canadians spent on the holiday season this year, indulge in a moment of panicked comparison, and relish the savings you can snag from these post-holiday bargains.
It might seem best to avoid Christmas fare in January, since we’re all pretty sick of red and green by then. But that would be a big mistake. Stocking up on things like gift bags, tissue paper, and gift wrap will ensure that you’re fully stocked for next year – and at half the price. Discounts happen right away, and smart shoppers take advantage.
January is also a great time to buy cards, ornaments, candles, wreaths, and anything else holiday-themed. If you absolutely must have that baby Jesus for your front lawn, January’s probably the time to make the purchase.
Air conditioners and other off-season items
RedFlagDeals.com’s Kate Musgrove told Moneyville that winter is the perfect time for purchasing off-season items. Things like air conditioners are not in demand in the winter and, thus, prices are not marked up. But use your best judgment here – bathing suits are likely not on sale in the middle of vacation season, but they will be soon after.
Cameras and video games
Since new cameras are released in February, January is a good time to scoop up an older model. That is, unless you’re one of those techies who always holds out for the newest version of things. Video games are also a good buy in the early months of the year, Gerrid Smith of Save1 (an American company that pairs deal finding and philanthropy) told Business Insider.
Older television sets are often on sale after the holidays. The stores need to make room for new models, and this is a key time to make a purchase. That said, Boxing Week sales might be just as good. You’ll have to make a verdict on whether you want to wait.
Sweaters and other winter clothes
Sure, January and February are the coldest months, and people obviously need sweaters to match the weather. But many of these people will have an updated wardrobe after the holidays are over. Even if someone doesn’t receive many new outfits as gifts, it is not uncommon for people to purchase a couple of things for themselves whilst holiday shopping. But guess what? All of that swag is now on sale. If you’re still in need of cashmere sweaters or scarves or corduroy pants, leave the mall now and check back in January.
What items do you typically shop for in January? Which store has the best markdowns?