What to Buy in December
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What to Buy in December

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Woman with tools.December is a month when people tend to do a lot of extra shopping. People are buying gifts for their friends and family. There will be plenty of sales going on this month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of them are good deals. The best deals come from the items that have their annual sales in December.

Cookware
December is a good time to update your cookware. Replace your worn out pots and pans. Now is also a good time to buy new mixing bowls and casserole dishes. Cookware makes a great gift for your family members who love to bake. Look for a brand that you know your loved one really likes and pick out some for him or her.

Tools
Home improvement stores tend to put tools on sale in December. This is due to several reasons. Obviously, the cold and snowy weather makes people decide to hold off on doing outdoor home improvement projects. The other reason is that tools make great gifts for people who like to build and repair things.

Christmas Decorations
December has barely gotten started. Even so, there are already sales on Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, and other decorations. Now is a good time to purchase another string of Christmas lights to replace the ones from last year that burned out. Christmas ornaments can make nice gifts for friends and family members that you will visit before Christmas. Choose an ornament that matches their hobby or that celebrates a first Christmas.

Golf Clubs
Golf is a sport that requires people to go outside and hit a white golf ball across a very green space. It is not something that is easy to do in the snow. As such, there isn’t a lot of call for golf clubs right now. Those of you who have loved ones that golf can get a great deal on a set of golf clubs now. They will be the end of the current year’s models, and at a lower price than the new models that come out in the next few months.

Champagne
Champagne is a beverage that people tend to connect with New Year’s Eve. The companies that make it have about a month to attract customers. You can expect to see discounts on champagne now. Pick up a few extra bottles and hold on to them for birthday and anniversary celebrations that are coming up in the new year.

Jewelry Boxes
December is the month when it suddenly becomes easy to find jewelry boxes. Wait a few months, and they will disappear. If your plan was to give a family member a jewelry box for their birthday, it would be worth it to buy it today.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.