Things You Should Buy in January
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Things You Should Buy in January

Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Old Navy Women's Toggle CoatBy the time January rolls around, many people are sick and tired of shopping. You might not be as motivated to hit the stores in January as you were in December. Even so, there are some things that you should buy in January if you want to get the very best deal on them. Pick the right time to make a purchase and you can save a lot of money!

Health Insurance
It is not too late to sign up for health insurance at HealthCare.gov! The open enrollment period has been extended through March 31, 2014. People who purchase a health plan through HealthCare.gov (or through their state’s Marketplace) before January 15, 2014, can have that coverage take effect on February 1, 2014. There is potential that your family could save money on health insurance.

Linens
January is the month when the “White Sales” happen. Stores will lower the prices on sheets, blankets, pillows, and pillowcases. These sales will also include towels, bathmats, and perhaps even some bathrobes. Once upon a time, the “White Sales” only included items that were white. Since the 1950’s, the “White Sales” include linens of a variety of colors. Start the new year with some new linens!

Fitness Equipment
What was your New Year’s Resolution? Many people chose to focus on weight loss, fitness, and improved nutrition. It is not a coincidence that January is when things like treadmills and elliptical machines go on sale. These sales can often include yoga mats, fitness DVD’s, work out clothing and tennis shoes. Buy them now before the price goes back up in February.

Christmas decorations
Stores really want to get rid of their stock of Christmas decorations in January. Whatever is left will be at the lowest price of the year. Now is a good time to pick up some gift wrap and store it away for December. January is your last chance to purchase your favorite Christmas candy before it disappears.

Visit a National Park
January 20, 2014, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is one of the Fee Free Days for (most) National Parks. Plan ahead, and you can save money on your trip. (More “Fee Free Days” will happen in upcoming months).

Winter Clothing
The weather is cold right now (and will remain so for a few months). Now is the time to pick up some winter clothing. This includes coats, hats, and boots as well as sweaters and thermal underwear. Many stores are already receiving stock of the new, spring, clothing, and they need somewhere to put it! You could save money on new winter clothing and still have the opportunity to wear them before the weather warms up!

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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.