Many people see January as a time to cut back and spend less money in order to make up for the excesses of December. But there are some great deals to be had in the first month of 2016.
From gym memberships to calendars, you’ll find some items at the lowest prices of the year. Here are the best deals you’ll find in January:
Score Cheap Gym Memberships
Getting in shape and losing weight are two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. That means that many people are looking to join a gym in January. For that reason, gyms will be competing with each other to offer the lowest prices and specials in order to sign up as many people as they can. Take advantage of this by renewing or getting a gym membership in January. If the gym that you want to go to doesn’t offer the lowest rate, ask them if they’ll match the rate of another gym. Often there is room to negotiate when it comes to monthly gym fees.
Stock Up On Winter Apparel
Since most people will have already bought their winter coats and apparel, it will be heavily discounted in January. Stores will also be clearing out the stock of clothing from the holidays. That means that you’ll find great deals on things like holiday pajamas or sweaters that you can buy now to give next year. You’ll also find great deals on things like coats, gloves and scarves. While the best deals will come in February, the tradeoff is that by then there will be far less selection.
Also read: Winter Clothing: When to Splurge, When to Save>
Get Your Calendars
If you’re not picky about your organizer or calendar, it’s best to wait until January to buy one. There is always a lot of stock left over and you will get them at significant discounts. Because retailers cannot sell 2016 calendars any other time of the year, they must get rid of them while they’re still useful.
Save on Holiday Decorations
After the holidays in late December is a good time to buy holiday decorations – but January is the best. While there will be significantly less selection, retailers will be anxious to sell their holiday products and you’ll find discounts for up to 75-80 per cent. Stock up now on things that you know you’ll need for next year like holiday cards, and gift wrap.
Do Home Improvement Projects
Many people rush in November and early December to get home improvement projects like updating flooring or carpeting done before the holidays. But once the middle of December hits, everyone is too busy and by January most people are too broke to undertake renovations. That means that fewer people are doing home renovations come January so you might be able to get a discount from local workmen. You’ll also likely benefit from sales on carpeting and hardwood and kitchen and bathroom fixtures in January.
Many furniture companies release their 2016 lines in February which means that January is a great time to score great deals on the furniture models that they’re clearing out. You will get the best deals on the display models but you might have to wait until later in January to get those. Talk to the salesperson and let them know that you’re willing to wait and can pick it up as soon as their new models come in.
Buy Produce That’s In Season
Many economists are predicting that 2016 will see significant inflation in the price of food due to the high U.S. dollar and the continued drought in California. That means that it will make even more sense to buy food that’s grown locally. In January, Foodland Ontario says that you’ll be able to find fresh local rhubarb, beets, cabbage, carrots, garlic, leeks, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, rutabaga, sprouts, squash, and sweet potatoes. Buy them now while they’re fresh and in season.