If I asked you when the best time is to stock up on school supplies, you’d say July, right? It’s when all of the big box stores tend to have boxes of crayons for a quarter or two, 10-packs of markers for a buck, and those spiral notebooks that get caught on everything for pennies. I know that in my house, we stock up on these back-to-school items, because I want them to last until the following summer… why spend a dollar on a folder for a project in May, when I can buy it over the summer for a dime?
After the winter holidays, we all feel the pinch, financially speaking, so a lot of us don’t go out and make any big purchases in January. Retailers do tend to offer big savings on certain items during this cold, blustery month, though, so if you have the funds kicking around, or you just need to satisfy your desire to shop, check out these items:
Whites: You know, towels and linens… and in all colors, not just white. This is a fairly widespread phenomenon, so if you need sheets and towels, this is the time to buy them!
Summer Appliances: Will you be needing a new air conditioner or grill come summer? Now’s the time to buy. There is very little demand for these appliances this time of year, so the prices may be lower than usual.
Houses: Are you in the market to buy a house? While conventional wisdom says to wait until spring or summer, when moving is logistically easier (and the kids are out of school), financial wisdom says to look in the winter. Sellers might be willing to negotiate a bit more for a quick sale, because not very many potential buyers are looking at houses.
Snack Foods: Superbowl weekend is a great time to buy snack foods. While you don’t want to overindulge any time of year, if you like keeping foods like chips and dips in your pantry for company or treats, stock up now.
Cold Weather Comfort Foods: During the months of January and February, chances are good that someone in your household will come down with the common cold or some other mild illness. Take advantage of January sales on things like tea and canned soup so you’ll be prepared.
Weight Loss Programs and Gym Memberships: ‘Tis the season to make weight-loss resolutions, and the marketing companies of weight loss programs know it! You’re probably seeing Weight Watchers coupons and flyers for gym memberships in your mailbox right now. If you’re looking to start a healthier lifestyle, there’s no time like the present. Follow through with your New year’s diet resolutions.
Gift Cards: After the Holidays many of us have a stack of gift cards that either get lost or go unused. This is a great time to either cash them in or put them up for auction.
Smart shopping throughout the year can help you save money, and stocking up on staples helps you save time. Have you found any great deals this month? Share them with us!