The Shopping Season Continues
The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean you should stop shopping all together. January can be one of the best months to buy certain items at discounted prices. Here are a few that you should consider adding to your shopping list this month.
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Not surprisingly, more people think about joining the gym in the New Year to satisfy their resolutions. (I tried this last year and barely lasted four months before I stopped going all together.) Gyms are very much aware of this fact and try to entice customers with sales during the December and January months. According to the New York Times, this is definitely happening in 2010. “This year the frenzy has been ratcheted up a notch as clubs try to make up for the recession,” the Times reports.
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As we reported recently, the entire travel industry is in a bit of tailspin due to the poor economy and the increased fear of terrorism attacks while flying. In order to compensate for that and the fact that we’re entering the offseason, airlines like JetBlue, Virgin and American are offering some sweet discounts. And big hotel chains like Hilton are serving up deals, too.
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If your kids are already tired of the presents they got for the holidays, now may actually be the best time to cave to their demands for more toys. As AOL Shopping reports, toy stores tend to be overstocked from the holiday season and eager to shed their supply at a discounted price.
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For those of you reading this who aren’t children, January is also a great time to buy jewelry. As AOL notes, jewelry stores tend to mark down prices between the big holidays when there are fewer customers coming in to stores. With Valentines’ Day still more than a month away, now is a great time to get a sparkly gift for your significant other… especially if your holiday gift was lame.
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Now that we’ve gotten through the toys and jewelry, we can talk about man stuff. According to LifeHacker, January is the best time to buy sporting goods like bicycles and hiking gear. The reason is that this month is when stores start phasing out the Winter supply and ready themselves for spring stuff.
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It’s been a cold winter so far (at least here in the Northeast) and an air conditioner is probably the last thing you want right now. But that is precisely the reason you should try to buy one now. MSN reports that demand for these appliances drops in the winter months, so the price drops, too.
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Video Game companies ramp up the new releases in time for the holiday season, but once December passes, stores have no choice but to put these games on sale.
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There tend to be some great sales on chocolates in January. As the Times Union notes, there’s plenty leftover in the Christmas clearance section. Best of all, after you buy enough chocolate to feed a village of ravenous bears, you can purchase a cheap membership to a gym to work off the calories.
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