After-Christmas sales are best for some things
By Denise Nape The Shopper December 22, 2011 5:00PM
Updated: December 22, 2011 5:00PM
If you can wait to make some purchases until after the holidays, there are some items that will undoubtedly be drastically reduced in the new year. According to the experts at Walletpop, Consumer Reports and Kiplinger, here are some of the items to put off until after the new year.
Fitness Equipment: After we’ve settled in and start to follow our New Year’s resolutions, retailers like Sears and Sports authority will be holding their sales on exercise equipment. Wait until then to buy. Besides, no one wants to see an exercise bike staring at them on Christmas morning.
Televisions: The After Christmas sales combined with the Super Bowl coming sales should help you to find big discounts on TVs. HDTV prices will most likely have the biggest cut.
Quit-Smoking Aids: Best time of year to quit smoking is after the new year. Search for aids to help quit smoking and sign up for their program on their website. You can find discounts there.
Snow Blowers: The savings on snow blowers will increase from January to March to 30% or 40%. If you can borrow your neighbor’s snow blower or just shovel, do it until then.
Tax Materials: Looking to do your own taxes? Wait until the end of January or early February to purchase the DIY programs like Quicken.
Cars: If you can hold off on buying the car and putting the big red bow on it for Christmas, New Year’s Eve will be a perfect time to buy. Dealers want the new models in their showroom on January 1st.
Sheets and Towels: Stores will be trying to move that inventory out so they can put beach towels in as soon as possible. Flannel sheets will definitely be an item to score on in January.
Electronics: The Annual International Consumer Electronics Show runs the first week of January. All of the new models of computers, cameras, cell phones, printers and more will be rolled out. Current models will be deeply discounted to make space for the new models.
Holiday cards, gift wrap and ornaments: There is nothing more annoying than running out of gift wrap when you are having your annual wrap session. Stock up after the holiday for 50 to 90% discounts.
Calendars: I know that it can be hard to wait until January to buy your calendar, but if you can, retailers like Barnes and Noble will have their calendars on sale the first week of January.
Winter Clothes and Accessories: Hats, scarves, boots, winter coats and long underwear will be drastically reduced in January.
Shopper’s tip: Don’t forget to check sales to see if you can get a price adjustment on any of your Christmas gift purchases. it might be a hassle to bring it in the store but well worth it.