It's no secret that January is a smart time to stock up on seasonal basics that go on sale, from holiday ornaments to wrapping paper to winter coats. But beyond the obvious, experts say there are other items that reach their rock bottom prices this month. Here are the best things to buy in January.
The International Consumer Electronics show, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, falls in January. Here, manufacturers introduce their newest products from flat screen TVs to mobile phones and cameras. With new tech products soon to flood the marketplace, retailers will discount older models and place them on super clearance in January, especially if holiday sales were disappointing. "You'll find many high-end models at lower prices than you saw even on Black Friday," notes Dan de Grandpre, Editor-in-Chief of DealNews.com. TVs, specifically, often see attractive pricing this month, as the Super Bowl draws near. "In January, electronics retailers tend to focus on the Super Bowl buyer. That means that high-end TVs - larger screens, with features like 3D - go on sale," says de Grandpre.
· HP 2000z Laptop starting at $350 at HP.com
· Samsung 55" Class 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $1700 at Sears.com
If you're in the market for an alternative ride like a motorcycle, boat or even a convertible, January is a good month to drive a bargain, as showrooms experience a huge slump this time of year. Salespeople are more likely willing to bargain. Check in with yourlocal dealerships and ask about special offers.
Except for items specializing in winter sports, camping and outdoor stores often see a drop in sales during the cold winter months, according to historical sales data collected by DealNews.com. This means you'll find low prices on things like tents, backpacks, and fishing gear.
· Select tents and outdoor gear up to 50% off at REI.com
· 20-50% off select outdoor and travel gear at EMS.com
Bedding and Linens
January is also a great time to find deeply discounted bedding and linens, as some stores simply try to keep up with tradition. "White Sales" began in 1878 by Philadelphia department store owner John Wannamaker, who wanted to keep linen makers afloat during the slow, winter months.
· 50-70% off a range of bedding at JC Penney
· Save 20-60% at the Home Sale and Clearance at Macys.com
Home Improvement Supplies
Also on sale during the off-season are materials and services related to home improvement projects like carpet installation, paint, and new flooring. Flooring, in particular, goes on sale this month because, following the flurry of pre-holiday installations and before the big tax rebate-buying season. "It's true that contractors have a ton of extra time on their hands this month and could be looking to discount their materials or services," says de Grandpre. "Start getting quotes now."
Speaking of home improvement, January is also a savvy time to shop for a new home. According to the National Association of Realtors, January is one of the slowest months of the year for existing home sales, with more families buying homes in the late spring and summer, closer to the start of the new school year. Cold weather discourages pounding the pavement so with fewer buyers on the market, you have eager sellers and farfewer bidding wars.