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What to buy in January

Here’s where you’ll see the biggest savings post-Christmas.

CLEVELAND — While you won't find the sales bonanzas that we saw earlier in the year, there are still deals specific to this month that you might want to take advantage of. But, you need to do your shopping early, because inventory is limited due to COVID affecting manufacturing and shipping.

Christmas Décor

Christmas themed merchandise is always on sale in January, and if you're like savvy shopper Rachel Krych, you don't have to wait until next year to use them. “I like to buy the red wrapping paper for Valentine's day or maybe the green silverware for St. Patrick's day for a little celebration,” she explained.

Holiday Gift Sets

Rachel also takes advantage of those holiday, beauty gift sets which sell for up to seventy five percent off.

“If the boxing is a little too much holiday,” she says, “you can take the box off and use them for gifts throughout the year.”

Fitness

Did you pack on the pounds this past year between COVID and the holidays? Well, fill up on fitness equipment with sales up to fifty percent off.

Gyms also have deals in January, but don't lock yourself in for a year, especially because you don't know what will happen with the pandemic.

Winter Clothing

And even though you may not be beach body ready yet, take advantage of winter clothing sales held at most major retailers.

Julie Ramhold, Consumer Analyst with dealnews, a website that posts information on sales and coupons, says "We should start to see those coats and scarves and things like that hit the clearance racks in January.

But make sure to try on clearance items, because chances are you can't return them.

Bedding

Not all of us wished for that white Christmas this year, but everyone can benefit from White sales this month

Ramhold says, "Look for things like bedding, sheets, soft home goods like that. And we can see discounts as much as 80% off in those cases."

But wait on mattresses. Those deals are in February for President's Day sales.

If you're a coach potato though, you'll love the TV deals at the end of the month. You can especially score on big screens just in time for the NFL and college football playoffs.

Finally, while you typically don't want to play around with toys in January, there is one exception: Target's semi-annual sale up to seventy percent off.

Krych tells us, “You want to go into the store and look to the little yellow tag. It'll tell you what the price was, what the price is now. And in the top right corner, usually there's a little percentage off and they'll tell you what percentage it is now.”

No matter what you're buying or where, don't forget to maximize your savings...not only with cash back apps and browser extensions which automatically show you sales, but Ramhold says, "Join a loyalty program. Most of the retailers have free ones and it can be really worth it."

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