It doesn’t take long for the Christmas magic to wear off: the tinsel, twinkling lights, and jingle bells don’t seem nearly as bright as they did a mere 24 hours ago.
But if you’re a savvy shopper, this is your time to shine! Some very deep discounts are available on products left behind by the flood of holiday shoppers—you just have know where to look. Here are five things to spend your money on after the holidays to rack up the savings and start the new year right.
Next Year’s Christmas Decorations
Unless you need to have the newest decor out in your yard, you’ll save big by buying your Christmas lights, wrapping paper, and other holiday paraphernalia right after Christmas. Retailers are obviously eager to get these items off their shelves fast, so these products are often discounted to 50, 70 or even 90 percent off immediately after the holidays pass. In fact, if you really want to plan ahead, pick up a few cosmetic sets, spa fare, or other generic gifts to use next year for those last minute holiday parties. After all, next Christmas is only 364 days away!
Your Winter Wardrobe
There may be three more months of chilly weather ahead, but you’d never know it if you went by sweater pricing alone. Many department stores vastly inflate winter wear inventory—and prices!—in their quest to capture holiday shoppers’ dollars. Then, when the holiday hullabaloo ends, so do the high prices. Stock up after Christmas and you can spend the rest of the winter strutting it in high style—for a very low price.
Two trends are working in your favor if you want to score deals on electronic gadgets after the new year. First, retailers usually have extra stock on their hands from Christmas surplus. Second, new models generally get released in time for the International Consumer Electronics Show in January, so stores are eager to make room for the new products they know are coming. And that means you can score some cutthroat prices on your new tablet, gaming equipment, flat screen, or more.
Bakeware and Kitchen Supplies
Even if you’re not in the market for a new fruit cake pan, you can still score some killer deals on baking equipment after Christmas. Baking sheets, pie pans, tupperware—as well as more high-end items like decorative cutting boards, quality kitchen knives, and copper-bottomed pans—can all be bought inexpensively at the beginning of January. Plus, if your resolution is to cook at home more, you can also restock your pantry fairly cheaply this time of year as well.
Small Household Goods
Everyday useful items like tape, scissors, and tacks may all be on sale for mere pennies at drug stores after the holiday wrapping is done. And you can usually get great deals on craft supplies like ribbon and tissue paper, as well—which is a good thing, since you’ll need something to do while you’re snowed in all winter! Thank goodness for post-holiday sales!
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.