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What to Buy in January

Posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Are you tired of shopping yet? There are some awesome annual sales that happen in January that you can take advantage of. One great way to save money is to make sure you buy things during the annual sales. Miss the sale, and the prices will go back up! Here are some things that you should buy in January.

In 1878, a Philadelphia department store held the very first “White Sale”. The purpose was to bring in customers during a time of the year when sales tended to drop off. At the time, all sheets, pillowcases, and other bedding, were white in color. The “White Sales” still go on today, but may have a different name. It’s been quite some time since all bedding and towels were sold in just one color!

January is a good time to get new pillows or to buy a new bed set. Need some new sheets? This is the month to buy them. You will probably find sales on towels (for both kitchen and bathroom), too.

Socks and Underwear
Victoria’s Secret usually has a big sale on bras, underwear, and everything else they sell in January. In general, this influences department stores to also have a sale on similar items. Somewhere along the way, socks got included in these annual sales. January is a good time to go replace socks, bras, and underwear that have worn out with brand new ones.

Visit a National Park
January 19 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is one of the “Fee Free” days offered by the National Park Service. January is a good month to plan a vacation to a National Park. In addition to January 19, there are more “Fee Free” days coming up in 2015. They include: February 14 – 16 (President’s Day weekend), April 18 – 19 (opening weekend of National Park Week), August 25 (National Park Service Birthday), September 26 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day).

Fitness Equipment
Did your New Year’s Resolution include a desire to get fit and lose weight? That is one of the most popular resolutions that people make in January. It just so happens to be the same time of year when fitness equipment goes on sale. If you were planning on buying a treadmill or an elliptical machine, now is the time to make that purchase.

Christmas Decorations
The first week of January is the very end of the after Christmas sales. This is your last chance to pick up a replacement string of lights, some extra ornaments, or a brand new plastic tree, at a very low price. It might be a good idea to make sure you have the storage space for these items before you head out to the stores.

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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.