Much of January is spent getting back into our everyday routine and finding some way (any way) to stick to those resolutions. As such, January best buys are all about saving on items that help you rebound from the holiday chaos and reclaim your life.
Whether you’re diving into your work, your fitness, or want to give your home a mini makeover, here are the eight best things to buy in January that can help you do just that.
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Bedding, towels, curtains, and linens of all kinds have been going on sale since 1878. That’s when John Wanamaker, the father of department stores, introduced the first White Sale, and it’s a tradition that many stores have kept to this day. Check out linen outlets for even deeper discounts.
2. Business attire
January is the month to update your work wardrobe. Stores are clearing out suits, slacks, and blouses from the fall season. Visit designer department stores’ discount locations like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th, and Neiman Marcus Last Call for brand names at affordable prices. Check for coupon codes before you shop.
3. Gym memberships
Gyms know they can get people to sign up in January but they still have to compete for your business. Look for incentives like a waived enrollment fee or a month-to-month contract.
Visit at least three gyms and use competing offers to negotiate your rate down. If you don’t get a deal you like, come back in February when some of the resolution gym-goers have already dropped off.
4. Gift cards
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People are stocked up on gift cards after the holidays and many are trying to offload unwanted cards for cash. Look on gift card exchange sites to buy cards at a discounted rate. The more in demand a card is, the less of a discount you will get.
Think beyond the big department stores to the more obscure stores you shop at. You can get cards for as much as 35 percent off but typical savings are in the 5-15 percent off range.
Did you know January is the best month to buy furniture?
New furniture starts to make its way out to showroom floors in February, which means old models have got to go. If you like darker color schemes, you’re more likely to find a couch or chair you love as stores will be offering closeout prices on fall and winter fabrics.
6. Health & diet foods
Weight loss is a popular resolution and even if it’s not your official resolution, chances are you’re ready for healthy eating after holiday excess. Frozen meals, protein shakes, and nutrition bars should see great sales and coupons. If you’re going on a specific diet, look for coupons on that diet’s branded foods before you shop.
7. Cold & flu medicine
Cold and flu season is definitely a downside of January, but if you have to catch a cold, at least you can treat your symptoms without spending a fortune. Look for coupons on over-the-counter medications in the personal care section.
Get through most of January without a calendar and you’ll start to see discounts near the end of the month. Some yearly calendars include the first month of the upcoming year, so you may be able to get by with your previous year’s calendar till you see a sale you like.