Things to Buy in January
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Things to Buy in January

Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 am
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There are certain items that go on sale at the lowest price of the year in January. Here are some tips about what types of things you should buy in January.Frugal shoppers quickly learn when the very best time to buy a particular thing will be. There are certain times of the year when big ticket items, household items, and seasonal items go on sale. The reason this happens every year is so that the stores can move out the old stock and replace it with the new stuff for the next season. Here’s a quick list of things to buy in January.

What to Buy in January

Christmas Decorations
If you really love decorating for Christmas then you may have shopped some of the after-holiday sales already. Go check again! There will be items leftover that stores have marked down since you last looked. This is an excellent time to pick up an artificial Christmas tree or a new batch of Christmas lights. Don’t forget to pick up some Christmas cards! The boxed ones will be at a very low price right now.

The very first “White Sale” happened in January of 1878. John Wanamaker, owner of the Wanamaker’s store, thought up this idea as a way to entice customers to come through the doors during the slowest sales season. At the time, bedding and towels were traditionally white in color.

The colors of these items has varied greatly over the years. Today, you can find towels, sheets, blankets, comforters, pillowcases, and more in just about any color and style imaginable. All of them are going to be on sale in January.

Stores tend to have an overstock of toys at this time of year, so they put them on sale. They are trying to reduce the leftover stock that didn’t sell in the weeks before Christmas. If Santa was very generous to your children on Christmas, then you probably aren’t interested in buying them even more toys right now.

Think ahead. Do your kids have a birthday coming up in February or March? What about your children’s cousins? Maybe one of your relatives has a baby on the way who will be celebrating his or her first Christmas this year. Pick up some awesome toys right now, and a discounted price, and store them away until those occasions arise.

Winter Coats
These tend to go on sale in January, even though many places will still be facing several months of cold and snowy weather. If you think your child will outgrow his coat before next Winter, you might consider buying one in the next size right now. Get some new gloves, hats, and scarves while you are at it, because those will be on sale, too.

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