You might have shopping fatigue by now. But if you didn't rack
up debt buying holiday gifts, you might want to consider taking
advantage of the many deals that are available in January. Here's
what you can expect to find marked down this month -- and what you
should wait a little longer to buy, according to
, which analyzes deals from past years to predict what will be
discounted this year.
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What's on sale this month ...
A great way to keep holiday costs under control is to plan ahead.
And one way to do that is to buy Christmas decorations
December 25, when these items are discounted as much as 80% at
stores such as Home Depot, Kohl's, Lowe's and Pier 1. Holiday
goodies from Cheryl's, Godiva, Starbucks, Walmart and other
retailers also are dramatically marked down. So you can stock up on
sweets, that is, if losing weight isn't one of your New Year's
Speaking of losing weight, January is a good month to find
treadmills, stationary bikes, training accessories and DVDs, and
more marked down as much as 60%.
Retailers mark down furniture this month because they need to make
room for new models that will hit stores in February. Last year,
Sears, Home Depot and Pottery Barn had some of their most
significant price cuts of the year during January. Dealnews.com
expects to see such deals again this year.
If you bought a TV on Black Friday or before Christmas, you
probably got a good deal. But January is another good month to find
markdowns on 2012 HDTVs because retailers need to make room for
2013 models. In fact, 55-inch LCD HDTVs were 17% cheaper in January
last year than they were in December 2011.
Now is the time to find great deals on winter apparel, which can be
marked down as much as 80%. You also can find coupons from many
retailers that offer up to an additional 60% off. According to
dealnews.com, expect some of the best sales to come from American
Eagle, Ann Taylor and LOFT, Banana Republic, French Connection,
J.Crew, L.L.Bean, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Men's Wearhouse, Nike,
Old Navy, Target and Tommy Hilfiger.
Wait a little longer to buy ...
Expect to see markdowns in February on higher-end 2012 electronics
that weren't discounted on Black Friday as retailers make room for
If you like to tackle your tax return early in the year, you might
be able to find some discounts on tax software (specifically,
discounts on state tax software) in January. But you'll find better
deals the following months as the tax-filing deadline nears.
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