Most of us believe the hype of the holiday shopping and assume that the best time to buy stuff is between Black Friday and Christmas. It is partially true with all the available discounts and deals that scream at you for two months. But here is a thing – some big expensive items are best to buy after Christmas is done and gone, for example, gym equipment.
You know how people eat non-stop for a couple of months and then either join the gym or buy equipment in January? Retailers are definitely aware of those New Year resolutions and are ready to deliver.
If you have a resolution like that, first think about your credit cards. Why? Because buying expensive stuff is best with credit cards and get rewards. Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card or Target REDcard are both great with 5% cash back and no annual fees.
If you are more interested in joining a gym, there is a card for that too. U.S. Bank Cash+ card offers 5% back on gym spending or sporting goods stores, which is rare. You will get 2% cash back for all other gas, groceries, and restaurant purchases and 1% back on everything else. You can use this card for all most popular gym chains.
Let’s take a look at three items to buy in January and three to avoid, and that applies for you whether you made some resolutions on the eve of 2020 or not.
Three things to buy in January:
Big Fitness Equipment
If you have been thinking about treadmills, spin bikes, or ellipticals, this is your time. Take advantage of great deals and work out in the comforts of your home. Smaller fitness related items also see good prices in January, think water bottles, bands, scales, and fitness trackers.
Black Friday is way overrated when it comes to big screens. While Black Friday offers crazy deals on cheap TVs that nobody wants, but come end of January and you will see spectacular discounts of high-end TVs. It’s worth the wait!
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Linens and bedding
January is a time for white sales that started way back, in late 1800s. At that time big department stores started sales on white linen and bedding right after the New Year to make way for new collections and other items.
Today the sales remain the same, but the color choice expanded greatly.
Three Things not to buy in January:
If you want a product from Amazon, but can wait, do that and wait. All their smart speakers, tablets, and ebook readers are priced best on Prime Day, which is in July. The prices are so low that the sale is called Christmas in July.
While January is not the worst month to buy mattresses, it’s not the best either. Wait until President’s Day in February and get memory foam mattresses delivered to your door for very little. If you absolutely have to have a mattress, at least wait until the end of the month for better deals to start rolling in.
Personal care products
Forget hair dryers, electric shavers, and electric toothbrushes this month if you can.
All those items were on sale during holiday season and now they are returning to their normal heights. You will see better prices in the next few months, so hold off from buying of you can. July sees the best prices on them hands down.